White Coffee and Green Coffee
Before coffee is roasted, it is harvested in the form of coffee cherries. Coffee beans can be found within these cherries and there are a variety of methods for separating the beans from the fruit. There are few common processes—one is the water wash which strips the fruit’s flesh off the bean. The second wash process is to mechanically pick the flesh from the beans—this option often leaves more fruit on the bean and leads to a sweeter bean.
Coffee comes in various forms and many coffee brands only sell traditionally roasted coffee in light, medium, and dark roasts. At Gravity, we sell our classic medium roast blend, but we also offer white coffee! White coffee is roasted for about half of the time of our medium roast—this creates a vastly different flavor profile compared to traditionally roasted coffee varieties.
White coffee is often referred to as under-roasted because it is only roasted for such a short amount of time. This difference in roasting times creates a lighter, nutty flavor that often appeals to those who dislike the flavor of coffee. White coffee is essentially an alternative coffee!
Caffeine levels vary among the different levels of roasting. Darker roasts tend to lose more caffeine in the roasting process—thus making the final product less caffeinated. Along the scale of roast levels, the lightest roasts tend to have the most caffeine because they are not roasted as long. White coffee has double the caffeine of our medium roast blend.
The roasting process for white coffee also allows more of the natural flavor of our beans to remain. Due to this high concentration of flavor, we switch up our beans! For our medium roast, we have a variety of three different coffee beans, but for our white coffee, we only need one kind because the flavor is so potent.
Green coffee is different from all of the other roasts because it is not roasted! Green coffee has the fewest steps from harvest to beverage. Our energy drinks get their caffeine from the removed and dried skin of the coffee cherries, which is also called cascara.