From France, Molli, a Dwarf Bean, is a type of miracle bean, considered by the FDA as safe for human consumption. "Dwarf French Beans, or Molli as it is commonly known, contain a number of vitamins and minerals not found in other commercial beans, including calcium, iron, and protein," says Dr. Helen K. Ezell, D.O., editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American Medical Association. "It is thought that dwarf French beans contain about 60 percent less calories than a similar-sized regular bean." And because they are smaller, they take up less space in the kitchen. (This makes them a great addition to any raw food diet.)
Molli are dried beans, similar to lentils, but they come in two different forms, wet and dry. Wet mills are small, dried beans (not too dissimilar to nutmeg) that are boiled to remove the liquid, leaving behind the gel-like seed that may be found inside. The dry type contains the liquid with which to eat. Dwarf French beans seeds are in two-inch containers, hollowed out to hold the seed. To prepare the pods for cooking, carefully remove the stems from the pods, and scrape out the seeds using a putty knife or wooden spoon.
Molli and dwarf French beans do not share a common trait; the seeds are actually small, almost hair-like, beads that are released at the top of each pod when they are boiled. These small beads release their protein as a powder and add a rich, nutty taste to any form of coffee, tea, or chocolate. The seeds also add a bit of color (depending on the variety) when ground and sieved, making them a very popular addition to the coffee bean family.
The second type of dwarf French beans is the dry variety, which contains smaller beads than their wet counterparts. Dried beans are considered by many to be among the best tasting coffees available. The larger beads of seed extract are easier to grind and store, allowing you to have fresh dried French beans on hand at all times. Dried beans are often used in early morning blends, espresso, cappuccino, lattes, etc.
The third variety is the wet variety, which is just as the name implies: the beans are soaked to extract their moisture. This soaking process results in the smaller beads of seed. Wet dwarf French beans can be used in many of the same coffee grinders as the dry variety, although it's recommended that the wet version is ground in smaller batches to achieve the same potency.
There are many reasons why you would enjoy drinking coffee from Dwarf French beans. They have a richly varied content of antioxidants like Arabica coffees. This leads to better tasting coffee. They also contain smaller amounts of tannins and caffeine than many other types of coffee, giving them a less acidic taste. Dry roasted coffee beans tend to have more bitter flavors, so they're not recommended if you're looking to add a bitter or smoky taste to your coffee.
For anyone who enjoys a delicious espresso with a kick, coffee made with dwarf French beans will be a welcome addition to your morning routine. They are also available in the popular single cup, three packs, seven packs, or twelve pack single cup form. Their popularity has also led to the creation of many different named varieties including the Kona, Jamaican Blue Mountain, and Kona coffee. These coffees are not true Kona coffees, but rather are blends of the Kona variety with a lower percentage of caffeine and a higher percentage of Arabica beans.
If you enjoy drinking coffee with a sweet, earthy taste, the dwarf French variety of seed is for you. For those who prefer a fuller, richer flavor, the Kona type is a great choice. There are many options for choosing the varieties that you want. Whether you want your coffee with a smoky, fruity taste or a smooth, mellow taste, you can find the variety of Kona and French beans that suits your needs.