The sweetest coffee bean you’ve ever tasted.
As we all know coffee is a cherry, so that makes them belong to a fruit family. Inside each cherry are two beans that grow facing each other. However, there is one natural mutation that can occur and change the makeup of a coffee cherry.
Out of 1000 coffee cherries, there will be one cherry that won’t grow properly where the other seed becomes plump and rounded. These lump coffee beans are peaberries. Peaberries are often called caracol (“snail” in Spanish) is a natural mutation of the coffee bean inside its cherry. Peaberries are extremely rare, occurring in only about 5 percent of the world’s coffee supply. Peaberries are much smaller than normal coffee beans and tend to be thicker and rounder.
Peaberries are rare, and it is hard to identify from the rest of the coffee cherries that is why to find peaberries, experienced growers hand-sort the beans after they have been picked. Peaberries are one of the best-tasting coffee because they are one of a kind coffee cherries, they are sweeter and more flavorful than standard-issue beans.
Here’s more to know what makes peaberries unique.?
It can hold more flavor-creating particles than regular coffee beans. Whatever flavor your coffee has, the peaberries can hold more of it.
It yields better roasting. The flat shape of coffee beans means that when beans are turned or flipped, depending on the roasting methods, they can get stuck and cook unevenly. But not so with the peaberry, which moves effortlessly through the process for a more uniform result.
Roasting Magazine notes that peaberries need much more care while roasting to hit their “sweet spot”. Roasters watch over peaberry during the whole roasting process to ensure the coffee beans are roasted evenly and perfectly.
Other factors like freshness, washing, and roasting can yield a better cup of peaberry coffee.