The seeds of the coffee fruit frequently referred to as the coffee cherry, are called coffee beans.
Coffee is made by drying, roasting, and brewing these bean-like seeds.
Consuming coffee beans, particularly those covered in chocolate, is becoming an increasingly popular method of obtaining caffeine.
Given the numerous health benefits associated with drinking coffee such as a decreased risk of type 2 diabetes and liver disease, you may be wondering if eating coffee beans has the same effect.
Before coffee was developed as a beverage, it is believed that its beans were frequently combined with animal fat and consumed to boost energy levels.
Coffee beans contain all of the nutrients found in a cup of coffee but in a much more concentrated form.
Due to the fact that regular coffee is filtered and diluted with water, you only get a fraction of the caffeine and other compounds found in the whole bean.
Eating coffee beans, rather than drinking the beverage may result in more rapid absorption of caffeine via the mouth lining. When coffee beans are consumed whole, both the beneficial and detrimental effects of coffee are amplified. As such, it is best to consume coffee beans sparingly.
Having said that, green coffee beans which are raw are not particularly pleasant to consume. They have a bitter, woody flavor and are notoriously difficult to chew. Roasted coffee beans are slightly softer than unroasted coffee beans.
Coffee beans are completely safe to consume but moderation is recommended, as their nutrients are more concentrated than those found in liquid coffee.
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OCM (OnCoffeeMakers.com) was started in 2007 with the first webpage about coffee machines. And for a number of years, we focused on helping people find their desired coffee machine (we still are helping folks with that! So, if you are looking for coffee machines for office or restaurants - check out the link).
In 2010, we started getting enquiries on restaurant marketing and we start to help food and beverage brands with their marketing. Below are campaigns and events that we have done over the years:
OCM's campaigns: F&B Marketing Ideas by OCM
OCM's Events: F&B Industry events by or with OCM
Check out this restaurant marketing guide to learn more about the many campaigns and companies we have worked with.
Since then, we have also created many marketing workshops and classes for the F&B industry. Many of these modules are still running in tertiary institutions such as Temasek Polytechnic Skillsfuture Academy and also ITE College East COC classes, below are some snippets of our lectures and workshops:
OCM’s F&B workshops: Food and Beverage Marketing Lectures | Workshops - click to watch classes on customer journey map, JTBD and more.
So, if you are looking for industry practitioners to help you scale your coffee or F&B businesses, do drop us a message or book an appointment. Do also check out our various social media platforms on regular F&B and coffee market updates:
For regular coffee (F&B) related videos: OCM Youtube
For Daily Coffee Inspiration (fun coffee content): OCM IG
For insights into the coffee (F&B) industry: OCM LinkedIN
PS: For the coffee lovers, we continue to share coffee articles (and videos) and have also started a free coffee class section (with free online coffee training supported by coffee partners).