The peaberry coffee is a perennial favourite around here – with our customers!
Variety: Bourbon and Kent
Elevation: 1000 to 2000m
Fragrance: honey, nutmeg, cardamom
Tasting notes: Brown sugar, hazelnut, silky body
What is Peaberry?
Known in Spanish as ‘caracolillo’, it is a type of coffee bean that is separated after drying. Normally the cherry fruit of the coffee plant contains two seeds that develop with flattened facing sides, but sometimes only one of the two seeds is fertilized. All coffee plants experience this small natural mutation, and the single oval bean develops rather than two beans with flattened facing sides. Peaberry coffees are particularly associated with Tanzanian Coffee. The peaberry beans are separated from the flat-sided beans using a sieve.
Coffee is shade-grown in areas inter-planted with bananas which are used for local food and beverage consumption. The banana leaves canopy act as a filter for sunlight. All farmers’ coffee is hand picked and wet processed in a traditional way.
About the Producer
Kilimanjaro Native Cooperative Union is nestled at the foot of the great Mount Kilimanjaro Tanzania that produces mild arabica coffee. We serve close to 70,000 small producer members on the slopes of the mountain in the districts of Rombo, Moshi Rural, Hai and Siha. We serve because we see small coffee farmers as a unique mechanism to produce high quality mild Arabica coffee that is grown in the volcanic soil of Mount Kilimanjaro. The farmers are the owners of the Union; they are expecting to sell their coffee at highest price through the Union that was formed for social and economic emancipation.
We are certified by Naturland since 2004 for our organic coffee. This guarantees the end customer that our coffee has been produced without the use of agriculture chemicals during production process from our farmers. This certification confirms the high level of quality worldwide.
Organic and quality improvement programs are provided to farmers.
Using Fair Trade premium money, KNCU has established an Education Fund to help less privileged farmers to send their qualified children to school. At present KNCU gives scholarships to more than 400 Secondary School Students. The future plan of the fund is to cover for tuition fees for those students who will make to the University.