I was in a local roaster's shop today (just being nosey, looking over the inventory, not buying anything). I'm totally new at this (exactly two roasts under my belt) and I was shocked to see an Ethiopian peaberry on display. They're not round! Somehow from all the descriptions I've read I had presumed that a peaberry bean would be, well, round. Imagine my surprise when I saw that they look exactly like a "regular" bean! Go figure. My first order from SM only shipped this morning so it's way too soon to order something more, but I admit my curiosity is piqued. Does peaberry coffee really taste any different from normal coffee? They certainly didn't look different -- I'd never have known if they weren't labelled. t.
Hi Tom, If you're tongue-in-cheek here, I missed it... but Peaberry is round or at least oblong. Instead of two halves, the bean is a single whole, looks a lot like a pea with the line down one side... Here's a link to a photo of peaberry on a chinese site (may be a competitor, but who knows, It's in chinese).http://beibei.biz/photo/store/coffee-store-yunnan-peaberry-small-1.jpgRegards, Brett On 11/3/06, Tom Maynard wrote: <Snip> -- Cheers, Bretthttp://homeroast.freeservers.com
No, my surprise was real. Well, hush my mouth and call me Charlotte. Those beans (in the photo) are a lot "rounder" than the ones I saw. I swear, the beans I saw looked exactly like normal, flat sided, lady-bug shapes (um, perhaps "hemispherical" would be a better term). Perhaps the guy mislabeled them, or was just wrong, or worse. Thanks for the pointer. Those beans conform much more closely to my newly restored mental image of a peaberry. t.
Tom, Coffee beans are actually the seeds inside the coffee cherry. Regular (flat sided) coffee beans have a flat side because there are [usually] 2 of them grown together inside the cherry. Peaberries result when there is only one seed. It doesn't have a flat side but instead looks like a miniature Aussie football and is usually a little smaller than a regular flat sided coffee bean. They seem to roast a little faster, but I have never noticed any difference in taste in those few varieties that I have had the opportunity to roast both flat bean and peaberry. JavaJerry RK Drum Roasting in Chesapeake, VA Tom Maynard wrote: <Snip>
On the upside, when peaberry coffee is sorted often extra care is taken, so the quality of the sort is better. Fundamentally, I don't think there is a difference. They are a bit more dense, so they do roast different in an air popper roaster. For some reason 1st crack is often harder to hear. Les On 11/3/06, Jerry Procopio wrote: <Snip>