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Peru Peaberry Norcafe Coffee

Peru Peaberry Norcafe Coffee

Roaster's pick for February.

This coffee comes from Cooperativa Agraria Norcafe Peru, an organization of small producers in northern Peru. In addition to growing great coffee, the coop is focused on giving back to their community, through educational programs for children, sustainability and entrepreneurial programs for farmers, and providing a good income for their growers.

The coffee is grown near the Cerro Condorpuna, host to one of the largest old-growth forests in the Amazon. The altitude—between 1500-1700 meters, where our coffee comes from—and ample shade of this area makes for an ideal environment for growing high-quality coffee. The farmers pick the beans by hand. After processing, they transport the coffee down the mountain to town by foot or by mule.

This particular batch is a peaberry coffee, which is a genetic oddity of the coffee cherry. The coffee beans we roast, grind, and brew are the "pit" of the coffee cherry. Most coffee cherry "pits" have two seeds—what we would call coffee beans—within a single husk. When you split it open, each bean will have one rounded side and one flat side, from where the two halves grew together. But a small percentage—around 10% of all coffee cherries at most—have just a single, round bean. Those round beans are called peaberries.

Does a coffee bean taste different when it's a regular split bean or a peaberry? Not necessarily. Some folks claim peaberries may be stronger or sweeter, but those differences are more subtle than the differences between different varietals of coffee beans, or different terroirs where the coffee was grown.

Even if a peaberry and a regular coffee bean from the same plant on the same farm taste basically the same, the fact that you can get a peaberry coffee is often a good indicator of quality. To get a peaberry coffee, you have to sort the peaberries from the regular beans. This separation is typically done by hand—a step that big, industrial coffee producers generally skip, since it adds more time and labor costs. When you find a peaberry coffee on offer, it's a good bet that the grower is concerned with the details and focused on quality.

 
When our roastmaster, Steve, first tasted this coffee, he was struck by its complex and balanced profile with notes of citrus and caramelized sugar. Prepared as a pour-over it yields an exceptionally well balanced and tasty cup. Prepared as a siphon, the coffee’s brightness sparkles and makes your tongue dance.
 
Roast: Medium.
Tasting Notes: Well-balanced with notes of citrus and caramelized sugar
Facts: Roasted fresh by Zingerman’s Coffee Company. Shipped whole bean.

Peru Peaberry Norcafe Coffee

P-COF-PER 12 oz bag
$22
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