Peaberry Kona Coffee beans, also known as caracoli, are the tiniest and rarest of Kona Coffee beans. Only 3-5% of the entire Kona crops produce these beans. The small size of the beans ensures an even roast and a high intensity of characteristic Kona flavor.
How Kona Peaberry beans form
Normally, the red fruit of a coffee plant develops two halves of a bean. On rare occasion, nature only allows one of the two halves to be fertilized and develop. The pea-shaped bean that results is known as Peaberry.
Roasting Kona Peaberry
Peaberry Kona coffee beans are highly prized and are carefully separated from the other beans during harvest. They roast more evenly because of their unique characteristics: a rounder shape, higher bean density, fewer sharp edges, and increased ability to roll around in a roasting chamber.
Is Kona Peaberry different than Tanzanian Peaberry?
Tanzanian peaberry coffee beans are different in flavor from the favored Kona Coffee Peaberry beans. Tanzanian peaberry beans grow on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro and have a milder, more mellow flavor. The rich Kona Coffee Peaberry beans are a coffee-lover’s favorite because the flavor is more concentrated, smooth and full.