An intense peaberry with chocolate liqueur notes. Its lengthy finish provokes profound ponderings, encouraging unrealistic productivity expectations as you linger into the afternoon.
Expect chocolate liqueur flavours that fade to cacao nib and licorice notes in the finish. This blend of peaberries comes from the highlands of Mbeya and the cooperative efforts of several smallholder coffee farmers. Delicious both brewed and as a fine espresso option.
Peaberries result when the coffee fruit develops a single oval bean rather than the usual pair of flat-sided beans. A crevice meanders down one side of the little egg-shaped beans. Peaberries develop when only one of two ovaries in the flower are pollinated or accept pollination, thus producing one seed rather than two. Since Arabica coffee is self-pollinating (the same flower can impregnate itself) excessive peaberry production is a sign of general infertility of the plant. These beans are separated from the normal beans during grading by means of slotted screens, which allow only the peaberries to fall through.
The symbolic possibilities of the peaberry - singular versus double, round versus flat - has provoked a rich and occasionally risque mythology in growing countries. In these typically machismo coffee areas the peaberry is seen as male and often associated with virility. Personally, I find it odd the peaberry shape (one half of a valued male appendage?) denotes virility. Where's the other one? Also, since peaberry production is a sign of general infertility, what does that say about the males? Alternatively, focus on the crevice rather than the shape and the female form comes to mind. Just saying.
Beans are best ground just prior to use. You will receive whole beans unless you indicate otherwise. If you would like your beans ground, please specify in the notes section of the checkout.