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Peaberry, what is it?

by John Dilworth March 27, 2016

Peaberry, what is it?

What is Peaberry?  Coffee is usually oval with one flat side.  That's because there are two pieces to each coffee "cherry" that develop side by side.  One flat side against the other inside the pod.  When one of the sides fails to get pollinated the fertile side grows in its place and deforms a little to look like the peaberry.  It looks a little like a snail shell. When the coffee beans are harvested the peaberries are sorted out by passing them through a screen that only lets the small peaberries through.  Peaberry coffee is more flavorful and richer than the rest of the crop, its a naturally occurring deformity.  Here at Rising Sun Coffee our best seller is Brazil Peaberry.  We have introduced Rwanda Peaberry, an African variety that has not been available for nearly 8 years.  There was a terrible civil war in Rwanda and it took a long time to get the coffee plantations established and producing again.  We also have a Tanzania Peaberry.  So there you have it, three different peaberries!  Take a look at the picture to see our Brazil Peaberry.  Compare it with some coffee beans you have on hand to see if you can tell the difference between peaberry and regular coffee beans.


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