The white coffee beans: A breakthrough or just a weak spin-off
You are always hearing of new innovations within the coffee world that make you wonder how something so simple can always be changing. Rather it’s a new coffee maker or a delectable flavor, the identity of this beloved beverage is always evolving. Most recently, a new kind of coffee ‘bean’ has been introduced to the coffee world, and I thought it would be intriguing to divulge more into it.
What is white coffee beans?
It is called the “white” coffee bean, and it’s a new trend that is starting to make an appearance at a few coffee houses and online. While it’s not completely white in its appearance, it has a lighter (tanner) color than the traditional roasted coffee bean.
Aside from the lightened shade of its appearance, this bean has other attributes that make it an interesting addition to the coffee scene. The consistency, caffeine make-up and flavor of this unique item could make it something that is appealing to both coffee lovers and non-coffee drinkers. However, that’s up to those individuals who are willing to give white coffee beans spin-off a chance.
Let’s take a look at the different qualities of this coffee counterpart to see if it is worth our while to try out.
Don’t judge a bean by its appearance
White coffee beans are under roasted in comparison to traditional coffee beans. Due to this change, these coffee beans will have a ‘whiter’ (more like tan) hue of color. They are also encased in a harder shell due to their under roasted state. If you prefer to grind your own coffee at home, you will not be able to use your typical household coffee grinder. With their extra hardened shell, a special grinder is required should you want make your own coffee grounds from these beans. If that were the case, I would just buy already grounded white bean coffee before I invested in a special coffee grinder for it.
What does white coffee beans taste like?
Do you know how I mentioned earlier, how this drink can appeal to both coffee lovers and the non-coffee drinker? The lightly roasted bean takes on a more “nutty” flavor than the fully roasted bean. The “nutty” taste comes from the hardness of the shell that mirrors that of a peanut. In comparison to the traditional roasted coffee bean, whose make-up is bitter until the additional ingredients are added later on, which help in diluting its natural bitterness. This ‘peanut-flavored’ taste can appease the non-coffee drinker since the usual coffee flavor is not present in the lighter and lessor roasted bean.
What about the coffee lover?
If you love your caffeine boost in the morning (or throughout the day like myself) then this bean may be what you need. Since the white bean is only slightly roasted, it contains more caffeine than its fully roasted counterpart. It can give you more of a caffeinated enhancement since its makeup is heavily enriched with more caffeine.
If you love the flavor of your typical cup of coffee, then you may notice a difference in the taste. Since the bitterness and additives aren’t as existent in the lightly roasted bean, the coffee will not have its naturally strong flavor that many of us coffee drinkers long for. While the caffeine may be enhanced in this spin-off bean, it may not make-up for the taste that is noticeably absent.
I personally do not know if I would like the white coffee bean. As a coffee drinker who significantly loves the taste of a deeply roasted bean, I have hard time believing that a peanut-flavored bean could fare in comparison. This item seems to be more appropriate for the non-coffee lover, or for someone who isn’t into the strong flavor of the dark roasted bean.
Where can I buy white coffee beans?
Doing a simple search online, you can find white coffee grounds from a few vendors, though it’s not an in-demand product. The prices for these items are not too bad either. When it comes to buying coffee I always recommend to buy in bulk, as the pricing for buying more may lead to free shipping or a greater discount should you shop online.
If you are leery with investing in a bulk order of white coffee grounds, then just start with one bag. If you are disappointed with the taste and can’t fathom drinking it again, then you won’t be upset by dropping a lot of money on something that you just end up throwing out.
Final Thoughts about white coffee beans
The coffee world is always finding new ways in engaging their long time drinkers with new flavors, makers and now, a new coffee bean. While I appreciate these new breakthroughs for coffee, I just prefer to enhance the roasted bean we all know and love. There are a variety of flavors that have yet to be mixed and created that could easily entice new people to become coffee fanatics. The white coffee bean, while it may share similar qualities to the roasted bean, just seems to be a spin-off that only a few will really come to love.