Can Espresso Beans Be Eaten By Themselves?

Can Espresso Beans Be Eaten By Themselves?

For many, the flavor of a warm cup of coffee in the morning is an irreplaceable taste. The rich bitter notes of espresso create an energizing taste, releasing endorphins with each sip. All year long, people explore different coffee drinks and varieties. With so much enthusiasm around coffee, some wonder if grinding beans into coffee is necessary. Some may prefer eating the beans as they are.

Yes, espresso beans can be eaten by themselves, and some prefer eating espresso and coffee beans more than drinking a traditional coffee. Espresso beans are roasted for a long time, leading to beans that don't taste oily or bland. Similar to coffee, espresso beans have a rich and woodsy flavor and a crunchy texture.

Do Espresso Beans Have More Caffeine than Coffee?

Espresso Beans Spilling Out of a Coffee Cup

As one might expect, consuming the coffee beans this way makes them more potent and offers more caffeine per bean. However, as soon as espresso beans are crushed or ground, they begin to lose their flavor and start the process of becoming stale. This loss of taste is why grinding whole beans is recommended for the freshest coffee.

Since espresso beans are eaten whole, they retain their caffeine, flavor, and nutrition. Over fifty espresso beans can make one cup of coffee, but the same amount of caffeine can come from a fraction of these beans.

How Many Espresso Beans Should I Eat?

Hands holding a small pile of espresso and coffee beans

Dilettante recommends eating eleven espresso beans at a time. This amount strikes a middle ground between too much and too little caffeine. Eating eleven espresso beans will provide slightly more caffeine than a cup of coffee and is perfect for feeling energized for hours.

Those who have never eaten espresso beans before should consider consuming a smaller amount. While espresso beans may taste delicious, consuming too many coffee beans may lead to adverse side effects. Eating in moderation is an excellent way to find the perfect amount to feel good without overindulging.

How Many Calories are Espresso Beans?

Close up of roasted espresso beans

Coffee contains almost no calories, and espresso beans are the same. Thus, the beans themselves are negligible in calories while offering up essential nutrients and energy.

Notably, espresso beans are rich in antioxidants, which help to strengthen immune systems. Eating espresso beans is a nearly calorie-free option to prevent feeling sick during the fall and winter months. Coffee also has antioxidants, but like caffeine, plain espresso beans provide large quantities.

Dilettante's Chocolate-Covered Espresso Beans

Dilettante Chocolates Espresso Bean Blend in White, Dark, Milk, and Marbled Chocolate

While espresso beans taste great on their own, Dilettante covers its espresso beans in blends of chocolate to serve as a sweet treat. Espresso beans receive white, dark, milk, and marbled chocolate coating using revolving kettles. These chocolate-covered espresso beans line the shelves of Dilettante's Mocha Cafés.

The Dilettante's Medium-Roast Hapsburg Beans pair with Dilettante's iconic chocolate to create an unforgettable flavor. These mocha-like candies have been a longstanding Dilettante favorite and are the perfect way to stay energized throughout the day. To try these treats, visit any Dilettante Mocha Café location, or visit Dilettante.com and shop for chocolate-covered espresso beans.


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