Eating coffee beans: Is it a good idea?

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Should you eat coffee beans? The short answer is… maybe.

Coffee beans are certainly edible and are a great source of antioxidants. However, their taste can vary depending on how you consume them.

The two ways coffee beans can be eaten are green coffee beans (not recommended) and roasted coffee beans. Both taste differently, but both can be eaten by humans.

Ready to learn more about consuming these magical little beans? Then read on!

Can you eat coffee beans?

Yes, you can.

In fact, coffee beans have been on the menu for quite some time – long before people began drinking coffee.

If you like the benefits derived from drinking coffee, you’ll get all that and more by eating coffee beans.

When you brew and drink coffee, you’re not consuming the whole bean, so much of the good parts are thrown in the bin.

Are coffee beans good for you?

The health impacts of eating coffee beans are largely similar to those associated with drinking coffee.

Coffee beans are packed with antioxidants which have proven health benefits. These include:

  1. Hydrocinnamic acids – aids in the neutralization of free radicals and prevents oxidative stress.
  2. Polyphenols – may help prevent a number of serious conditions, such as heart disease, cancer, and type 2 diabetes. Source.

They also, of course, contain caffeine. This stimulant can have the positive impacts of increased concentration or a boost in energy.

Coffee beans are safe to eat — but should not be consumed in excess. – Healthline

As with regular coffee, consuming too much may lead to negative and potentially dangerous side effects.

Also, coffee beans packaged for consumption are often coated in chocolate, which comes with sugar and calories.

How do you eat coffee beans?

Coffee beans can be consumed in the following ways:

  1. As an un-roasted green bean
  2. As whole beans after roasting
  3. As a roasted bean coated in chocolate

What do coffee beans taste like?

In our opinion, eating roasted coffee beans by themselves is nothing to write home about. We find the texture to be dry and grainy, while the taste is bitter.

However, some people love them!

Also, coat a roasted coffee bean with chocolate and we’re now talking about something completely different.

There’s a reason this is the most popular way to consume whole coffee beans. Cholocate is a natural companion for coffee and it brings out many of the tasty dark roast notes, while the sweetness of the chocolate offsets the bitterness of the coffee bean.

Can you eat green coffee beans?

While roasted coffee beans are by far the most commonly consumed, un-roasted beans can also be eaten.

Green coffee beans, while hard to bite and chew, are completely safe to consume.

However, we don’t recommend consuming your beans un-roasted. In addition to being hard to eat, they don’t taste great, with a wood-like and highly acidic flavour.

Unfortunately, with green beans, you may also miss out on some of the antioxidants that arise during the roasting process.

caffeine: How many coffee beans are safe to eat?

If you’re a regular coffee drinker, you probably enjoy the way it wakes you up and helps you focus. But have you ever wondered what would happen if you ate as much caffeine as you drink?

The recommended maximum daily allowance for caffeine is 400mg, depending on your sensitivity and tolerance for the stimulant. A single coffee bean contains up to 10mg of caffeine; therefore, you could theoretically eat up to 40 coffee beans per day.

How to make chocolate coated coffee beans

You will need:

  • 340g chocolate (milk or dark chocolate will both work)
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1 cup of coffee beans


1. Prepare a baking tray by lining it with parchment paper.

2. In a microwave-safe bowl combine chocolate and coconut oil. Melt in the microwave on high in short intervals, stirring between each. For melting the chocolate, you can also use a bain-marie or a glass bowl over a saucepan of boiling water.

4. Pour the mixture into a tall glass for easy dipping or spooning over the beans.

5. Dip and roll each bean in chocolate ensuring that it is coated evenly, and transfer to the prepared pan.

6. Repeat with remaining beans until all are covered with chocolate and place them in the refrigerator to set for about 15 minutes or until chocolate is firm and glossy.

7. Store them in an airtight container in the fridge.

What other foods contain caffeine?

Put off the idea of eating coffee beans but still want to eat something that gives you an energy boost?

These food items also contain caffeine (although none of them as much as coffee beans):

  • Dark chocolate
  • Guarana
  • Tea leaves
  • Kola nuts