There are coffee beans, and then there are peaberry coffee beans. By way of quick explanation, here’s the difference. Generally the fruit of a coffee tree, the cherry, contains two seeds, what we call beans. They develop facing each other so one side is rounded and the other relatively flat. This is a coffee bean as we tend to know it. About 5% of the time, though, only one bean develops inside the cherry. It is an oval or pea-shaped bean, and it is commonly known as a peaberry. These beans are smaller, denser, and are reputed to roast more evenly and deliver more intense flavor than their two-seed counterparts. These are the beans we’ve covered in chocolate for Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Covered Peaberry Coffee Beans.
Our Dark Chocolate Covered Peaberry Coffee Beans begin in Tanzania, where they are grown on coffee plantations in the Kilimanjaro, Meru, and Mbeya regions at elevations of 4,500 to 6,000 feet above sea level. We’ve covered them with a deep, dark chocolate that’s 72% cacao, an ideal companion to the rich, crunchy beans. We haven’t seen Dark Chocolate Covered Peaberry Coffee Beans anywhere else, and we won’t have them forever – remember, these beans are only 5% of any given crop.