Green coffee beans are actually the seeds of a coffee cherry that have been extracted and dried. They must then be roasted and ground before being prepared as the coffee we know it today.
Green coffee beans, like grapes for making wine, differ in flavour according to the species, soil, climate, growing conditions and production process.
Most countries grade their beans according to size and quality, then they are normally packaged in ~60kg bags. They are then shipped to distributors around the world. Ideally coffee beans would be “in the cup” within 6-12 months of the harvest.
As the demand for a high quality of coffee increases, coffees are now also tested against standards such as the Cup of Excellence. This is resulting in better prices for farmers and incentive to produce coffees that will meet these standards.
We have a very wide range of green coffee beans - stocking Premium Traditional, Specialty Coffee (and hopefully Cup of Excellence where possible) - available in our Online Store.