Top 5 Best Peaberry Kona Coffee: Perfectly Imperfect Blends

Coffee is everyone’s happy drink. Every sip, be it anytime of the day, is an invigorating treat. But not all coffee are created equal. If you are looking for a special treat, look into Kona Peaberry Coffee has been dubbed by coffee experts and enthusiasts as the ‘champagne of coffee’.

A Peaberry Kona Coffee is a type of a coffee bean. It is also known as caracolillo in Spanish. It is a coffee bean that originated from a cherry which produced only one coffee bean. Typically, a coffee cherry produces two. Peaberries are a natural mutation. As its name suggests, it has an unusual oval or pea-shaped size, as compared to the flat beans that come from regular coffee plants.

It accounts for at least 5% of the total coffee bean harvests every year. It is commonly associated with Tanzanian coffee. A couple of years ago, these beans were considered as the runt of the bunch because they are difficult to roast. Most coffee roasting machines are designed for flat beans. Hence, when used to roast the round peaberries, the beans often come out unevenly roasted and sometimes burnt at one side. However, it was only recently discovered that they have a very distinct flavorful taste when roasted properly. With proper roasting techniques, Peaberry Kona Coffee beans taste better than regular beans.

The following is a list of the Peaberry available in the market right now.

Blue Horse Kona Coffee

The first on the list is the Blue Horse Kona Coffee. These beans are shade grown. They are harvested and processed naturally (organic coffee). It is hand-picked, rainwater fermented and sundried. No herbicides or pesticides were used in growing it. Each black resealable container of this coffee contains 100% pure kona coffee beans. As for the taste, at first, it tastes much like Belgian chocolates. Then, it gives a mellow, aromatic flavor with hints of spicy afternotes. It also tastes less bitter and smoother than regular coffee. Considering the flavor, aroma, price and packaging, we rate the Blue Horse Kona Coffee an astounding 4.7 out of 5.

What we like:

  • Shade grown
  • Hand-picked
  • Rain water fermented and sundried
  • No herbicides or pesticides were used
  • Tastes like Belgian chocolates with spicy afternotes
  • Tastes less bitter and smoother than regular coffee

What we did not like:

  • A little to source/find

2. Koa Coffee Peaberry

Koa Coffee Peaberry

The next brand is the Koa Coffee Peaberry. This brand was dubbed as the ‘Best in America’ by the Kona Coffee Forbes. It was featured in Forbes list of the ‘Top 10 Coffees of the World’ and ’50 of America’s Best’. Aside from that, it has won several awards like the PCCA Coffee of the Year and Gevalia Cupping Competition.

The medium roast of the Kona Coffee Peaberry has a great flavor profile. Each cup is a treat of full-bodied, smooth and chocolatey goodness. It can be prepared either by the espresso machine, French press, Aeropress and pour-over. It is sold in 8 oz, 1 pound and 5 pound bags.

Koa Coffee Peaberry is worthy of 4.4 stars out of 5.

What we like:

  • Full-bodied, smooth and chocolatey
  • Acid-free and not bitter
  • Excellent packaging
  • Can be prepared in various ways

What we did not like:

  • A bit expensive
  • thumbs-o-down
    Only sold in one website

Hualalai Estate Peaberry Coffee

Growing coffee in his backyard was once just a simple hobby for Joel Cooperson. He was a school teacher in Kona. When Cooperson started selling the beans in their local market, they became quite popular. The beans that Cooperson grew increasingly popular in Kona and later on across Hawaii.

The Hualalai Estate Peaberry Coffee has a smooth and spicy taste. Because of this, it pairs well with spicy cookies like gingersnap and pumpkin cookies. It is not that acidic, and has less caffeine than other brands.

Hulalai Estate Peaberry Coffee scores 4.5 stars out of 5.

What we like:

  • Robust, yet silky taste
  • Easy shipping
  • Excellent packaging
  • It is not acidic

What we did not like:

  • A bit expensive
  • thumbs-o-down
    It’s darker than most medium dark roasts
  • thumbs-o-down
    Less caffeine

Kona Joe Coffee Peaberry

The next on list is the Kona Joe Coffee Peaberry. Out of the other coffee brands listed, Kona Joe Coffee Peaberry has the most unique way of growing coffee – using trellises. The growing technique is inspired by wine vineyards. By growing the coffee horizontally, the trees receive equal amount of sunlight. This process is patented so as to prevent other coffee farmers from copying the style.

As for the taste, Kona Joe Coffee Peaberry has a strong chocolatey and nutty taste followed by a lemony aftertaste. Taking into account the flavor, aroma, price and packaging, Kona Joe Coffee Peaberry is worthy of 4.4 stars out of 5.

What we like:

  • Strong chocolatey and nutty taste
  • Smooth taste

What we did not like:

  • It could have a more appealing packaging.
  • thumbs-o-down
    A little expensive than other brands

Volcanica Kona Peaberry Coffee

Volcanica’s Kona Peaberry Coffee beans are sourced from Costa Rica. This coffee tastes much like Tarrazu coffee, which is famous for its piquant, rich and chocolatey flavor. Furthermore, it has hints of caramel and honey. Because of this taste profile, it has been recognized by the Food and Wine Magazine. Its aroma is of cherry and orange blossoms.

Aside from the Kona Peaberry, it has 15 other flavors namely Bolivia Peaberry, Brazil Bourbon Peaberry, Brazil Peaberry, Cameroon Peaberry, Colombian, Peaberry, Costa Rica Peaberry, El Salvador Peaberry, Guatemala Peaberry, Jamaica Blue Mountain Peaberry, Kenya Peaberry, Malawi Peaberry, Peaberry Gift Box, Sumatra Gayo Peaberry, Tanzania Peaberry and Yemen Peaberry. It can be bought either as whole beans or ground coffee.

It is organically grown. It is certified by the Fair Trade and Rainforest Alliance. Volcanica Kona Peaberry Coffee is worthy of 4.5 stars out of 5.

What we like:

  • Piquant, rich and chocolatey flavor
  • Excellent aroma
  • thumbs-o-up
    Beautiful packaging
  • thumbs-o-up
    Wide variety of flavors; sixteen, to be exact.

What we did not like:

  • It is a little bitter.
  • thumbs-o-down
    It has a sour aftertaste.

Peaberries may be mutations and anomalies of nature. However, with the exquisite and distinct taste, it is safe to say that these round coffee beans are the perfect disorders of nature.


Peaberry and Blue Horse photos by: Chuck Wendig and hv_bean on flickr.com

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