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Green Coffee Beans Diet: Is it safe to grind unroasted coffee?

Postby coffeematt on Wed Apr 18, 2012 1:07 pm

In a small, 22-week study, researchers found that 16 overweight men and women lost an average of 17 pounds. They took the green (unroasted) coffee beans in supplement form and, for comparison, took a placebo at a different point of the study.


Source: http://www.webmd.com/diet/news/20120328/green-coffee-beans-may-aid-weight-loss

0.7 grams and 1,05 grams of green grounds per participant per day in the study when on the real deal.

So, it seems they ground up the beans and let the volunteers have them as a pill with water (very bitter, they warn, hehe).

My question is if any of you ever tried grinding green beans on your grinder and is there any reason why this might damage an otherwise great grinder?
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Postby Boldjava on Wed Apr 18, 2012 1:43 pm

My question is if any of you ever tried grinding green beans on your grinder and is there any reason why this might damage an otherwise great grinder?


When I first started roasting, I underroasted a batch. Trust me, you don't want green beans near your grinder. Sure way to burn out the motor.
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Postby another_jim on Wed Apr 18, 2012 2:37 pm

The trick is to use only coarse grind settings, which make for a lot less work for the grinder. If you take the burr up a full turn from its espresso setting (French Press grind is usually a half turn up), a commercial espresso grinder can probably grind rocks without much trouble. But it's still a problem for home grinders, at least some of them -- I popped the gears of a Pavoni PGC doing this.
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Postby the_trystero on Wed Apr 18, 2012 2:55 pm

coffeematt wrote:Source: http://www.webmd.com/diet/news/20120328/green-coffee-beans-may-aid-weight-loss

0.7 grams and 1,05 grams of green grounds per participant per day in the study when on the real deal.

So, it seems they ground up the beans and let the volunteers have them as a pill with water (very bitter, they warn, hehe).

My question is if any of you ever tried grinding green beans on your grinder and is there any reason why this might damage an otherwise great grinder?


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Postby Randy G. on Wed Apr 18, 2012 3:16 pm

Ever seen an overweight Civet cat? That's all the scientific proof I need... :roll:

Seriously:
- Eat smaller "snack" meals more often throughout the day
- Eat food nature provides
- Avoid artificial ingredients, particularly artificial sweeteners
- Exercise (get a big dog which likes to take long walks)
- Drink good coffee

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Postby Bak Ta Lo on Wed Apr 18, 2012 6:57 pm

Ha! I love Sulawesi Shashimi ©... :D Sounds like the name of an Asian fusion hip hop singer.

I will take a stab at the green bean diet market it with my "diet bread", carbs without the guilt:
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Postby coffeematt on Wed Apr 18, 2012 8:28 pm

Interesting - especially Tom's cupping of Green Coffee: Flavors of Play-Doh and Crayons, hmm... Of course by heating them he is releasing the supposedly beneficial acids and trying to turn it back into a drink, so it is a slightly different and supposedly more worthy application :)

Also thanks for your experiences on grinding!

NB: Re. the Kopi Luwak: Don't try that one "green" at home! :mrgreen:
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Postby sweaner on Wed Apr 18, 2012 10:21 pm

Why not just swallow the beans whole?
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Postby coffeematt on Wed Apr 18, 2012 10:47 pm

Hi Scott,

To be honest, I haven't tried it (i.e. either ingesting them whole or ground). If swallowed whole, I would imagine that they would come out the other end just like with the Civet Cats, perhaps not carrying the same value :lol:

Joking aside, as an example, whole flax seeds will go almost straight through the body wasting the enormous amount of Omega-3 fatty acids in them, whereas a much greater proportion of the Omega-3 acids of freshly ground flax seeds is easily absorbed by humans. This also holds true for a bunch of natural herbs.

Regarding grinding green coffee beans, my thoughts are to first try it out with a cheap blade grinder once I start roasting my own green beans anyway as soon as the Behmor 1600 is back in stock with the retailers (the roasted ones will go in my MiniPro, just like all the pre-roasted coffee I am currently procuring :))

It will probably be another month or two before I try it out, but I will try to keep you posted.

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Postby mhborstad on Wed Apr 18, 2012 10:58 pm

A half dozen beans in a mortar and pestle seems like the most sane way to approach this... greens = gravel? I know we like buying new gear etc...
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