4 Ways to Eat Coffee Beans

If you love coffee, you probably want to consume it in all the ways you can! Whether drank in a liquid form or eaten as a solid, coffee beans are nutritious and tasty!

Here at AeroPress UK, we know you coffee enthusiasts love to experiment with your favourite delicacy! We share the best ways to eat coffee beans in a snack form, from raw to chocolate covered!

Should You Eat Coffee Beans?

Back before coffee was drunk as a beverage, coffee beans were consumed as a snack. Eaten mixed with animal fat, it was considered an energy-boosting food.

Consuming coffee beans as they are provides the same amount of nutrients found in a cup of coffee. However, undiluted by water and other additional liquids, coffee beans on their own are much more concentrated. This means that both the health benefits of coffee and the side effects of consuming too much of it are intensified when eaten as a solid bean.

In terms of health, coffee beans are a powerful source of caffeine and antioxidants. They also have anti-inflammatory properties and offer a boost of energy and mood!

Like most things, overeating them can cause issues, and consuming in moderation is essential. This is because, like having too many cups of coffee, they can have side effects when you overdo it!

A coffee bean plant


Yes, coffee beans can indeed be eaten raw! However, green coffee beans aren’t most people’s favourite, and they tend to be bitter in taste, not to mention hard to chew!

It is also recommended not to eat too many as they can have a laxative effect if consumed in high quantities.


Some coffee lovers prefer the simplicity of eating an untouched roasted coffee bean.

Firstly, plain roasted beans are slightly softer in comparison to raw beans. They also don’t take any preparation to eat!

Simply choose your preferred roast and eat them as they are. Whether you favour a lighter or darker roast, there is no right or wrong- it all depends on personal preference.


Covered in Chocolate

The next step up from nibbling on roasted coffee beans is to smother them in chocolate!

You can buy them as a ready-to-go snack, or you can try making them yourself with your favourite chocolate; milk, dark, white, the list goes on!

Once you have selected your desired chocolate, melt it in the microwave, or on the stove- it’s up to you!

When the chocolate is completely melted, allow it to cool temporarily and dip your chosen coffee beans in the chocolate liquid. Use parchment paper to set your dipped coffee beans on for drying. Once you have covered all the coffee beans you want, allow the tray to cool for two hours in the fridge.

Alternatively, you can put the tray in the freezer for one hour, but don’t forget about it! Once solid, begin eating and enjoy!

A selection of spices on spoons

Add the Taste of ‘Dirty Chai’

Similar to the previous chocolate-coating recipe, this one has an added kick of flavour! Starting with one cup of coffee beans and two cups of chocolate, create the ‘dirty chai’ flavouring by adding:

  • ½ tsp. ginger
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. cardamom
  • Black pepper (to taste)
  • Ground cloves (to taste)

Follow the steps for the chocolate covered beans mentioned in the previous section, and then add the herbs and spices into the melted chocolate.

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