khuzdul Senior Member Joined: 24 Mar 2009 Posts: 86 Location: U.S. North East
Posted Tue Feb 25, 2014, 6:43am Subject: Re: What is green coffee?!
Green coffee can mean different things in different contexts.
If you are picking coffee, green coffee can mean un-ripe coffee berries. You leave them behind when picking the ripe berries early in the season for the next round of picking. However at the end of the season, you pick all the berries, ripe or unripe, to prevent them from falling to the ground after harvest time and fostering coffee plant diseases / pests.
If you are talking about coffee beans, then green coffee can mean un-roasted coffee beans.
If you are talking Dr. Oz and his medical claims about weight loss, green coffee is a supplement made from un-roasted green coffee. The study that it was based on had a N of 16 subjects and started the claim that they lost 18 lbs in 6 weeks. Dr. Oz then did his own study with an N of 100 and found on average after 2 weeks, people on the extract weighted in 2 lbs lower then their weigh in at the start of his study, while the ones in the placebo weighed in at 1 lb less than the their weigh in at the start o the study. The claim changed to green coffee "doubles your weight loss" and "a safe way to substantially lose weight."
A study in male mice of the compound that is supposed to be the root of the weight loss in green coffee supplements found no statistically significant weight loss.
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Posted Tue Feb 25, 2014, 6:48am Subject: Re: What is green coffee?!
Zoe, Welcome to the forum! The above answer pretty much says it all, it is context that answers the exact intent. Green could also be used to describe, a method of cultivation of the plants, a natural, GREEN (earth friendly).
This is different than FREE TRADE which is a better deal for the hard working, low payed farmer.
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cappuccinochic Senior Member Joined: 19 Feb 2014 Posts: 3 Location: United Kingdom Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Wed Feb 26, 2014, 3:58am Subject: Re: What is green coffee?!
Hey Guys - thanks for the welcome and the replies!
Wow i never knew there were so many meanings - i think the term i have seen everywhere is the type Khuzdul described, the extract. I noticed Starbucks have been putting it in their new Starbucks Refresha™ beverages.
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