Picking coffee beans for your “peaberry” is all about preference because they are different, and it’s pretty meticulous in finding out what kind of interests you have.
Adding to this challenge, it can sometimes be challenging to understand what a bean offers because of varying roasting and processing techniques. Keep reading to learn how to make peaberry coffee? So that you know which beans provide the best.
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What Is a Peaberry?
The peaberry coffee bean results from harvesting only one relatively round (football-shaped) seed instead of the usual two half-beans that are typically roundish on one side and flat on the other side.
The peaberry bean typically has a better flavor profile than the flat beans. This is not always true, though, and sometimes, it’s no different than any other round bean from the same crop. Regardless, the peaberries have one advantage: they are rounded, so they roast more evenly and more manageable when you’re only an inexperienced coffee roaster.
Coffee connoisseurs believe that due to increased surface area and less agitation in traditional roasting methods such as those used with a wood-burning stove (which created peaberries), the resulting coffee is of higher quality than coffees from more modern roasters.
Peaberry beans are separated and exported from specific regions, including Kenyan, Hawaiian, and Tanzanian.
How Is Peaberry Coffee Grown?
Peaberry coffee is produced by any coffee plant that was grown within the Bean Belt. The Bean Belt consists of rich soil and mild temperatures with lots of rain and shaded sunlight.
The best coffee beans are grown on either side of the equator, between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn at elevations 3000 – 6000 feet above sea level.
There are some coffee producing countries that produce more peaberry beans, including Brazil, Tanzania and Kenya.
Peaberrys are not that dissimilar to typical coffee beans, except for one important difference. While it is possible to sort regular cherry beans and find a peaberry or two (though they’re harder to spot because of their consistency), the opposite is true from peaberrys. By hand picking in processing.
How To Make Peaberry Coffee.
Peaberry coffee is best brewed using the method of your choice, as long as you use fresh beans and follow these three steps to know how to make peaberry coffee.
1) Make sure coffee beans are within two weeks of roasting.
2) Grind them right before brewing for optimal flavor.
3) Boil water first—it will retain more heat.
To ensure that you get the best possible coffee, be mindful of how finely or coarsely you grind your beans. If too coarse, the water will flow out quickly and not extract enough of the bean’s flavor. If too fine, then too much water will slowly pass through it increasing extraction time and making for a bitter-tasting coffee in some cases.
Most people buy drip coffee maker machines to prepare delicious coffee. It provides the opportunity for you to use regular maintenance to keep enough acidity and body in your coffee.
However, it’s my opinion that automatic espresso machine without too much efforts needed are best if you aren’t an expert barista.
If you have the will to take 5 minutes and create a magnificent cup of coffee, pour-over might be your best option. Pour-over brewing allows you to control water temperature, flow rate, and duration of extraction. What results is a beautiful, light to medium roast peaberry coffee that’s perfect for every occasion.I wouldn’t recommend brewing dark roast in pour-over.
Due to the lack of acidity and flavor in dark roast, you’ll need to use more effort when making a cup at home. There is a learning curve to it- most people would agree that this explains paying $5 per cup at your favorite coffee shop.
How To Roast Peaberries
One factor that all coffee drinkers take into account is where the beans originated. Purity isn’t always beneficial, which can be seen by roasting the beans. To extract a peaberry’s full flavor it should be roasted differently then other Arabica beans
Roasting coffee beans is just one of the important steps in making a cup of coffee. Of course, roasters must separate peaberries from regular beans before roasting them. There are differences between those two types because they vary in size and density, which impacts how hot the heat is transferred during the roast process.
The first step of roasting peaberries is to sample the beans. This helps establish which flavors to highlight in the roast profile. Although this can be more difficult than a regular bean, Andres believes it’s due to their round shape and density.
Once you’ve created a respected roast profile for your peaberry coffee, the rest of the roasting process is much easier. This is due to a number of factors so let’s break them down to better explain.
Some coffee enthusiasts believe that peaberries have a distinctive shape and texture, which result in a superior flavor profile. Peaberries are round like most beans, but they also have a “pebbly” surface caused by the growth process. This pebbled surface makes it easy for the coffee to roll across the roasting machines efficiently,
When choosing your peaberry coffee beans, look for ones that have a continuous and uniform size. ASSAFÉ in Colombia recommends these beans if you are just starting out roasting at home because they’ll help beginners get used to how different sizes roast differently.
Peaberries are a rare type of coffee bean that are processed in such a way that only one side, the “flat” side, is heated (unlike regular coffee beans where both sides get heat and roast simultaneously.
WHAT’S SO SPECIAL ABOUT PEABERRY COFFEE BEANS?
So many factors can affect the taste of coffee. Let’s go through some of them. First, the peaberry bean develops differently from other beans and does not have twin seeds next to each other; all nutrients are consolidated into one source with a more rounded shape with less sharp edges than different coffees it roasts better.
But how would it differ from other coffee beans? I found most Peaberry to have a sweeter, more balanced acidity. Blueberry notes were very pronounced to me, and other people mentioned fruitiness, which seems like a common trait with this type of bean. It’s consistent that these beans should have a balanced acidity.
Some coffee distributors believe Peaberry offers a stronger and more pronounced sweetness in a cup, making it much more desirable. What are some reasons for the higher price?
Only 5 – 10% of the world’s coffee beans have a natural mutation, meaning they are less rare than regular beans.
The identification and removal of peaberry coffee during processing require more time and investment, but it can yield a higher quality product.
Brewing peaberry coffee is a responsibility few coffee farmers take on. Peaberries are often made alongside regular beans to be roasted together.
DOES PEABERRY COFFEE HAS MORE CAFFEINE THAN OTHER BEANS?
According to an article in the book “Caffeine and Activation Theory: Effects on Health and Behavior” by Barry Smith, Uma Gupta, B.S Gupta, African peaberries have 13.6% higher caffeine content than regular arabica beans.
“What is worth noting, there is no information on robusta peaberry. Robusta coffee typically has double the amount of caffeine than arabica. So we can assume that robusta peaberry has around 10% – 13% higher caffeine than robusta beans.
WHERE CAN YOU BUY PEABERRY COFFEE?
There is no such thing as a “peaberry” variety of coffee, but they exist and are the subject of myth. For example, Tanzanian peaberries have seen increased popularity in recent years – should you decide to delve into this category, be prepared!
We recommend buying peaberry coffee locally.
Your local roaster is the best place to buy it because it’s fresh, and you can choose the beans as soon as they come out of the oven.
If there’s not a roaster in your state, then Amazon is probably your second best option.
DOES PEABERRY COFFEE TASTE BETTER?
Whether or not peaberry coffee is more pleasant than regular beans is a matter of opinion. Like their traditional counterparts, they are found in every region, and some find it difficult to quantify how much better one tastes over the other.
Fact, it’s not uncommon to see roasters pressing peaberries with regular beans without separating them. Reputable roasters usually roast all types of coffee beans from different regions. Regardless, there are a good few on the peaberry train, and many enjoy their flavor profile.
That should answer just about any question you might have about the peaberry coffee bean. Hopefully, you’ve now got all the information you need to start exploring this wonderful side of the coffee world.
I am Ralph Mason and I am a passionate coffee drinker. I worked as a barista for a few years and since 2012 I have been trying to convince as many people as possible of good coffee.
I started writing on the barista blog on RepublikCoffeeBar in 2018. It was a pure hobby site and I tested coffee products like coffee machines, beans, mug, and other accessories. After the first year, my blog is becoming a well-known coffee site with about 100 thousand visits per month.
In 2019 I decided to focus on RepublikCoffeeBar only. I became a full-time coffee blogger and was declared crazy by many.