Caramel and chocolate with almond. Stewed fruit sweetness. There’s your flavours. OK, that’s all good and well, but what’s with the “peaberry” name? So glad you asked!
Peaberry is the name given to the coffee seed (remember, they’re actually seeds, not beans, but beans sounds cooler). They’re rounder in shape (hence the pea) than normal coffee beans. That’s because a normal coffee cherry has two coffee beans inside it. However, the peaberry occurs when the cherry only has one bean inside it. As you might imagine, the bean brows in all dimensions when unrestrained by the space normally taken up by a twin.
The rumour goes that the peaberry – which is reasonably uncommon – has a fuller flavour, because the nutrients from the coffee cherry are dedicated to that single bean. Unfortunately, we don’t have the Cachoeira da Grama Bourbon beans to compare it with, which is a real bummer.
Regardless, these are delightful beans with a smooth, well-balanced everything. Medium intensity, medium acidity, medium aftertaste – they’re the middle-of-the-road coffee for between, say, 10am and 4pm.