Peaberry Coffee Beans

A peaberry coffee bean results from a coffee cherry (fruit) producing just one relatively round (football-shaped) seed (bean) as opposed to the usual two half-beans which are roundish on one side and flat on the other side.

Sorting and Grading of Peaberry Coffee

Peaberry coffee beans are typically separated from the rest of the coffee crop and sold as a higher grade of coffee bean.

From one to nine percent of any crop are peaberry, and they are said to have a higher density and more concentrated, robust flavor, rich aroma and with a distinct acidity – brighter yet lighter – than non-peaberry coffee beans from the same crop.

Characteristics of Peaberry Coffee – “Champagne” of Coffee Beans

The distinct qualities of peaberry coffee beans may be due to the beans getting more nutrients from the coffee tree while developing within the coffee cherry (fruit).

Peaberry coffee beans, which are also called caracol coffee beans or caracolillo coffee beans, are considered the “champagne of coffee beans.”

Peaberry Coffee and Espresso Brewing Tips

For step-by-step instructions on how to make a whole variety of great Peaberry espresso drinks see Pulling A Perfect Espresso Shot as well as Barista Guide to Perfect Lattes and Cappuccinos.

Also check out the evolution of coffee and espresso recounted in detail in our World’s Best History of Coffee.