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 has also created many marketing workshops and classes for the F&B industry. Many of the modules are running in the Singapore Skillsfuture Classes in tertiary institutions such as Temasek Polytechnic Skillsfuture Academy and also ITE College East COC classes.
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