The 10 Best Unroasted Coffee Beans

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This wiki has been updated 12 times since it was first published in September of 2020. Buying unroasted green coffee beans allows you to roast your own coffee and enjoy the complex flavor profile that pre-roasted beans lose during weeks in storage. Note, however, that the roasting process causes beans to release toxic chemicals that can cause serious harm if inhaled, so do some research and make sure you have access to a properly ventilated environment before trying this at home. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Primos 3-Pound Caturra

2. Martini Sampler Pack

3. Volcano Adrano

Editor's Notes

October 20, 2020:

Roasting your own coffee is a highly variable and individual experience. It's up to you how long you roast your beans and at what temperature, as well as the equipment you use to roast them, whether that's a skillet or a popcorn popper. All of these factors will affect the flavor and caffeine content of your brew, and your preferences in these areas will in turn dictate which beans suit you best.

A major factor that determines a bean's attributes is the altitude at which it's grown. Beans grown over 5,000 feet above sea level like Heirloom Dota Estate, Lulo Sidamo, and Morning Hills Yirgacheffe have cupping notes of fruit, berries, spice, and wine, as well as relatively low levels of caffeine compared to beans grown at lower elevations. Those cultivated between 2,500 and 5,000 feet above sea level, including most grown in Brazil like Volcano Adrano and Primos 3-Pound Caturra, will have more nutty, chocolatey, and citrus flavors.

Special Honors

Smokin' Beans Subscribe N' Save This subscription service allows you to have unroasted beans delivered to your house on a bi-weekly, monthly, bi-monthly, or three-month schedule. There are dozens of different programs to choose from, varying both in the type of bean and the amount delivered, and you also have the option to order these with or without a burlap bag.

4. Lavanta Sumatra Peaberry

5. Lulo Sidamo

6. Morning Hills Yirgacheffe

7. Fresh Roasted Brazilian Cerrado

8. Smokin' Beans Guatemalan

9. Heirloom Dota Estate

10. Stone Street Colombian Supremo

Luke Perrotta
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Luke is a writer, director, and illustrator living in Massachusetts. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in Literary Arts from Brown University, where he honed his skills as a writer and editor working for various campus newspapers, festivals, and film organizations. Upon graduating he traveled the world, eating scorpions in Thailand and hitchhiking across New Zealand before settling down in New England to write prose fiction. An autodidact and media sponge, he’s well-versed in topics such as literature, nonfiction, textbooks, film, television, recording equipment, video games, and art supplies. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, boxing, playing the piano, and translating complex subjects into plain language.

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