A peaberry coffee bean is an unusual form of a coffee bean where the fruit yields only a single, oval-shaped seed. Because of their unique shape, these coffee beans require both special handling and roasting.
Made using 100% Peaberry Coffee from Tanzania blended with an aged Sumatra Peaberry Coffee. This Reserve Coffee has flavors of dark liquor, spice, and syrup with a complex finish.
What is Peaberry Coffee? First, we will start with a little coffee bean lesson. When coffee is picked off the tree it is referred to as a coffee cherry. The coffee cherry typically contains two seeds. In a typical coffee bean both sides are fertilized and two coffee beans grow to a fruit, flat against each other like halves of a peanut. (See image above.)
Roughly ten percent of the time, only one side of the coffee bean is fertilized and this is how you get a peaberry coffee bean. Basically, without the other coffee bean growing against it, the fertilized seed grows into a rounded bean (See image below.) These beans are referred to as peaberry coffee beans while the normal coffee beans are referred to as flat berry coffee beans.
Peaberry coffee is considered a natural mutation of the coffee bean inside its coffee cherry. The peaberry coffee beans are smaller, denser, and rounder than regular flat coffee beans, and they don’t have the flat side. Although you may hear that Peaberry Coffee Beans are found in certain geographical locations, the truth is, peaberry coffee beans are found in all regions, so the distinction is solely on anatomy. This variation can happen in both robusta coffee beans and Arabica coffee beans as well.
Image Above: Inside Peaberry Coffee Cherry
The other question is, what is reserve coffee? There are a lot of products marked as gourmet or handmade that are not gourmet or handmade. It can be misleading and difficult to know what is a handcrafted product and what is not a handcrafted product.
When it comes to coffee things become even more challenging. The major coffee roasting companies now offer gourmet coffees and gourmet coffee blends that look like something you might find at a local coffee roaster. However, they are poor imitations of a truly handcrafted, gourmet coffee.
Coffee roasting is both an art form and a science. The art form is when you take a skill set that has been mastered over decades and combine it with the precision of a scientist. The science of coffee roasting is knowing the specific dynamics of the coffee roasting process, a particular nose, and the empirical data about the green coffee bean you are roasting, and of course, the type of coffee roaster you are using to roast the coffee.
How We Sample Roast Green Coffee Beans for our Reserve Coffee
WHAT IS RESERVE COFFEE?
Reserve is a phrase that has no set meaning except that set by the coffee roaster, the vineyard, or anyone else. The meaning is generally that the item is only available in a limited quantity and is being released at the perfect time to maximum flavor.
One of the world’s largest coffee roasters has released Reserve Coffee and spent a lot of money on a Reserve Roastery concept. While these might be limited quantities for them, they are likely selling more of a single coffee than many small artisan coffee roasters sell in a year.
However, at Weaver’s Coffee & Tea, our Reserve Coffee Beans are beans we can only buy in very small quantities, usually from a single farm and in limited quantity. If you want to experience artisan coffee, check out this beautiful reserve coffee.
This reserve coffee has flavors of dark liquor, spice, and syrup with a complex finish.