Coffee Lingo: Peaberry


Peaberry: (n.) a coffee bean that just likes to chill by itself.

Coffee cherries normally develop with two seeds inside them, shaped like the familiar half-moon coffee beans you know and love. About 95% percent of beans like to grow this way – all cuddled up face to face inside the coffee fruit. But the other 5% are called peaberries. They just want to chill alone in their cherry, growing nice and round to fill out the space where there should have been a roommate bean. Pour out some of whatever beans you have handy and look for a smallish one that’s rounded on both sides. That’s a peaberry!

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6 Comments on Coffee Lingo: Peaberry

  1. coffee luva // October 7, 2015 at 2:59 am // Reply

    Todd, are you going to do another run of that Doi Chaang Peaberry?


  2. Does it taste different with the regular coffee cherries? Once I heard some people brew this peaberry only for their coffee. However I never heard from them directly.


    • No big difference in taste, but some roasters think the rounder beans roast more evenly so you get a more consistent flavor through the brew.


  3. I would say their is a slight difference in taste……i’ve always enjoyed peaberry beans.


  4. always meant to ask // May 15, 2016 at 4:02 pm // Reply

    How long do coffee beans last or stay fresh?

    Liked by 1 person

    • La Colombe // May 31, 2016 at 8:10 am // Reply

      As long as it’s stored in a dry, dark place in an airtight container, coffee doesn’t really “go bad.” But – the fresher the better! We notice that flavors start to drop off about two or three weeks after roasting.


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