Most coffee beans are born twins. Within each cherry on the coffee tree, two beans are grown side by side, resulting in the flat face of most beans.
Peaberries (also caracol or caracolillo, “little snail” in Spanish) result when the coffee fruit develops a single oval bean rather than the usual pair of flat-sided beans. They are individualists and rare with only approximately 5% of all coffee harvested being of the peaberry type. Many coffee connoisseurs have suggested that each peaberry is infused with all the assets normally reserved for two beans and usually command a premium price.
Mount Kilamanjaro is a dormant volcano in northern Tanzania. It is the highest peak in Africa at 19,330 feet, the lower slopes of which provide fertile soil to grow Tanzania peaberry coffee with a climate that provides excellent conditions for coffee plantations to thrive. Grown and harvested on the slopes of Mount Kilamanjaro near the Kenyan border, this coffee is a hand-selected, pulped and fully washed coffee, dried on wooden tables with a screened bottom to allow good air circulation at the time of drying.