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Best Peaberry Coffees

Updated on September 4, 2014

The Best Peaberry Coffees

Are you curious to try peaberry coffee but don't know where to start? You've probably heard of particular types of peaberry coffees like 'tanzanian peaberry' and 'kona peaberry' before. These coffees are popular among gourmet coffee lovers...it's been called the "champagne of coffee"...but what exactly is peaberry coffee? How does it differ from regular coffee?

If you don't know anything about peaberry coffee then you will find this lens useful. I'll let you know what peaberry coffee is, debate whether it's better than regular coffee, and I'll also feature what I consider to be the 5 best peaberry coffees.

As you can probably tell from my username, I'm partial to Kona Coffee, and even have a blog devoted to reviewing different types of kona coffee. But it's not the only great peaberry region, and I'll highlight the others.

peaberry coffee beans - what is peaberry coffee?
peaberry coffee beans - what is peaberry coffee?

What is Peaberry Coffee?

Peaberry coffee comes from coffee cherries that produce only one fruit, instead of the usual two fruits. In normal circumstances, the two coffee fruits will press against each other as they grow, giving coffee beans their distinctive round on one side, flat on the other shape. Peaberries don't grow up with that pressure, and so they are round and oblong in shape. They also have more density, which means that they can hold more moisture. This is one of the reasons that some coffee roasters think that peaberry coffee beans are superior to regular coffee beans.

What Makes Peaberry Coffee Unique? - The 'orphans' of the coffee world.

As I mentioned above, peaberry coffee beans have a unique shape. Coffee Roasters actually prefer this shape when roasting coffee beans for 3 reasons:

  1. Rounded coffee beans don't stick when being roasted, meaning they tend to roast more evenly.
  2. Peaberry coffee beans are more dense, meaning they have more moisture content (i.e. flavor-creating particles!).
  3. The Roast-master has to take extra care when roasting them, meaning they benefit from the extra attention and care.

FAQ's about Peaberry Coffee

Does Peaberry Coffee Only Grow in Certain Regions? Which are they?

Peaberry coffee actually isn't region specific at all. Every coffee-producing tree will produce a small percentage (2-10%) of peaberry coffee beans. Peaberry being associated with certain regions like Tanzania and Kona seems to have more to do with those regions marketing their peaberry coffee more than other coffee regions.

Why is Peaberry Coffee more expensive?

There just isn't enough supply. Only a small percentage of a coffee's yield is peaberry coffee and so the price tends to be higher. It's also in demand from coffee roasters who prefer peaberry coffee beans.

Wy do Peaberry Coffee Cherries Occur?

This is actually a fascinating mystery with no clear answer. The leading theory is that, since peaberry coffee cherries tend to happen at the end of branches, that radiation from the sun and wind damage breaks down the DNA of the coffee cherry to the point where it can produce only one fruit.

1. Koa Peaberry Kona Coffee - Smooth with subtle nutty notes.

Best Peaberry Kona Coffees
Best Peaberry Kona Coffees | Source

About Koa Coffee: Forbes Magazine declared Koa Coffee the "Best Coffee in America" in 2001. It's reputation has only grown since then, winning the 2002's Gevalia Competition. The company has grown to become one of the biggest names in gourmet coffee

Flavor:

Smooth and full-bodied with a slightly nutty aftertaste. I didn't think of pouring myself a second cup of coffee after I finished the first. The kona peaberry roast has more body and slightly cleaner tasting than the regular Koa Dark Roast coffee. Makes a wonderful after-dinner coffee paired with chocolate or nutty.

Shipping Methods:

Each order is roasted that day and then shipped out the next day. So if you order Monday morning, you'll get it Friday.

$22.00 - 8oz.

$40.00 - 16oz.

$180.00 - 5lbs.

2. Tanzanian Peaberry by Coffee Bean Direct

Tanzanian Peaberry, Whole Bean Coffee, 5-Pound Bag
Tanzanian Peaberry, Whole Bean Coffee, 5-Pound Bag

This package definitely gives you the most bang for your buck with peaberry coffee. But that's not the only reason to try this coffee: it's slow roasted to bring out more complex and fruity flavors. I first noticed the sweetness of the coffee. Without adding anything the coffee was already quite sweet and fruity tasting (I suggest trying it without cream and sugar first, adding more sweetness might be overkill!). The coffee is also packaged immediately after roasting, helping to seal in the freshness. It's a great coffee that pairs well with berries and other fruity treats.

 

3. Hualalai Estate Peaberry Kona Coffee

Hualalai Estate PEABERRY- 100% PREMIUM Kona Coffee - Medium-Dark Roast 7oz (WHOLE BEAN)
Hualalai Estate PEABERRY- 100% PREMIUM Kona Coffee - Medium-Dark Roast 7oz (WHOLE BEAN)

I spotted this coffee in a small Foodland grocery store on my last trip to Hawaii. The last minute impulse purchase did not disappoint: it's a smooth chocolaty coffee with a nutty aftertaste. I recommend that you pair with coffee with any kind of chocolate or anything nutty. The coffee is more relaxing, with almost no acidity at all. The coffee comes in both whole bean and ground, but whole bean is better (it's more flavorful!)

 
Hawaii Roasters Peaberry Kona Coffee
Hawaii Roasters Peaberry Kona Coffee

4. Hawaii Roasters 100% Kona Peaberry Coffee

A full 16oz. for $29.95 on Amazon.com

For those looking for a more subtle and delicate cup of coffee, Hawaii Roasters' Peaberry Roast makes for a wonderfully full-bodied cup of coffee in the early afternoon.

5. Paramount Tanzania Peaberry Coffee

Paramount Tanzania Peaberry Bean, 12-Ounce Bags (Pack of 3)
Paramount Tanzania Peaberry Bean, 12-Ounce Bags (Pack of 3)

My favorite thing about Paramount is that they do small batch roasting, which makes for a fresher cup of coffee. Now peaberry coffees are known for having a vibrant acidity, but this one stands out as the most acidic coffee on this list. After the initial bite this coffee makes for a smooth and mellow cup of coffee.

 

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      Camden1 5 years ago

      I mix my own with half regular and half decaf. Lately I've tried Gevalia coffee and I love it!

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      konacoffeeaddicts 5 years ago

      @Gail47: Wanna know a secret? When I'm not doing official reviews, I tend to use cream as well!

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      konacoffeeaddicts 5 years ago

      @MaggiePowell: Peet's looks like a great place. Unfortunately there's no locations here in Vancouver, Canada. I'll check them out next time I'm down in the States.

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      MaggiePowell 5 years ago

      I'm a sworn Peet's lover...

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      Gail47 5 years ago

      I just drink the regular name brand coffee - and add creamer. Sad, I know!