The Tanzanian Peaberry

Written by Plant With Purpose on August 23, 2010 in General

by James Ellett

When I was growing up, “getting coffee” meant going to the supermarket and picking up a 10 pound metal bucket of what looked and smelled—to me—like dirt.  This pile of grounds would last my parents approximately 2 years, after which the can would be reincarnated as an industrial sized nail/ screw/ bolt holder on my dad’s workbench.

“Getting coffee” has a slightly different meaning these days.  The spread of Seattle coffee culture during the last 30 years or so has introduced Americans to espresso shots, americanos, cappucinos, and non-fat extra-hot soy lattes, with sugar free hazelnut syrup, please.  Coffee shops have become the preferred place of gathering for an incredibly wide range of people: from high schoolers to business tycoons, punk rockers to soccer moms, it seems that coffee is something that everyone can agree on.

The most recent development of this “coffee culture” has seen more and more people ditch the sugary blended drinks in favor of flavorful, single-origin drip coffees or espressos.  Aficionados taste their coffee like wine, drinking slowly and picking out specific characteristics of that particular bean.

One particularly noteworthy bean is the Tanzanian Peaberry.  Obviously from Tanzania, a peaberry forms when a coffee fruit develops a single bean rather than the standard pair of flat-sided beans.  It is argued that these peaberrys are more flavorful than standard coffee beans, because nature poured what was intended for two beans into only one.  For this reason, roasters have made it a point to separate nature’s tasty little runts from the normal beans to make a distinctive, flavorful cup of coffee.  The Tanzanian Peaberry in particular is noted for having “hints of gingerbread and orange with an effervescent, lively, bright body.”

Want to experience the magic of the Tanzanian Peaberry?  Look no further than Friends of Malindi.  This organization was formed to support the efforts of Plant With Purpose to provide training in organic farming, micro-finance and reforestation to the villagers of Malindi in Tanzania. Through these efforts, the lives of the people of Malindi are being transformed.

So next time you feel like purchasing a fine coffee to enjoy, consider purchasing it from Friends of Malindi.  100% of the proceeds from a bag of Tanzanian Peaberry are donated towards Plant With Purpose’s work in Malindi.  You get great coffee, and Tanzanian lives get transformed.  
What’s not to love?

To learn more about Friends of Malindi, and to buy their coffee, visit

James’ analysis of the flavor of Tanzanian Peaberry came from, feel free to impress your friends with it.

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