As coffee progresses from the farmer to cup it changes names along the way. It starts off as a “cherry” (also known as “berry”) on the tree. And ends up as roasted “coffee”. In between the harvesting and the roasting, it is known as “green coffee beans”.
Coffee berries are usually harvested when they are ripe and have a reddish colour. The seeds inside the berries are called beans and have to be separated from the flesh, dried and sorted.
Once they are dry, the beans acquire a green tinge which gives them their name. At this stage, they have none of the typical coffee smell or taste. That comes to life later through the roasting process .Green coffee beans are among the most traded commodities in the world, alongside crude oil and gold.