Zanzibar Peaberry is a premium blend of peaberries
grown exclusively at high-altitude estates in
both Northern and Southern Tanzania.
What makes peaberry coffee
beans different than others is that that coffee
beans are actually seeds (not beans), in which
only one seed grows inside one "cherry",
which gives them a round appearance. Normally
there are two seeds butted up against one another
causing a flatness on the side with the vegetal
crevice, or "crack". The cause for
this is that for whatever reason, the flower
that creates the seed had only one of its two
ovaries pollinated. Yes, flowers have ovaries.
Something like 6% of all coffee beans are peaberries,
but they are screened out and separated during
processing. Arguments can be made for and against
peaberry coffee, but we find that they just
"cup differently" than non-peaberry
coffee: Body, brightness, and sweetness can
all be different in peaberry coffee and non-peaberry
coffee. When it comes down to sheer goodness,
it really comes down to the overall quality
of the lot.
From our cupping table,
our Zanzibar Peaberry coffee has a sweet pipe
tobacco aroma with chocolate mandarin-orange
flavor. It is as bright as a nice Kenyan would
be expected to be with a finish of a fine wine.