Wildcard Blend 5: Give Peas A Chance (Wildcard) 2018

Summary

Bean name Wildcard Blend 5: Give Peas A Chance (Wildcard) 2018
Other info Blend - see description for bean content

Description

Our Wildcard blend gives us a chance to explore and experiment with different coffees, perhaps to celebrate something specific or just to be a bit unique by thinking outside the box, all for a limited time only.

Last time we were celebrating the meeting of Alejandro Martinez of Finca Argentina fame and Brian Gakunga of Kiriga Estate fame meeting each other at the Manchester Coffee Festival/Cup North. Now it's time to celebrate something else a little different, PEABERRIES! (not sure if you've seen it but check out our Christmas 2017 video here for a bit of Peaberry fun!)

So what's a Peaberry? Well, the short answer is it's a bean which is kind of pea shaped! Normally, coffee beans grow in pairs inside the cherry, back to back. As they grow, they push against each other, which is why they have the flat side we're used to seeing.

In some cherries, however, only one seed will grow. Without a partner growing next to it, it grows more evenly and produces a rounder shape - a peaberry. All coffee plants produce peaberries sometimes, but the percentage can vary a lot between varietals - sometimes only 5% of all the fruit will be peaberries, sometimes it will be a lot more!

Over the years, lots of people have come up with theories about peaberries. This means that in some places, they have traditionally been worth more to farmers than the rest of their crop, whilst in other countries they would be mixed in with the smaller sized beans which would be sold off cheaply. Even today, we don't really know how being a peaberry or not effects flavour - but we're pretty sure it does.

This blend is made up of 3 different Peaberry lots that we currently have...

40% Indian Bibi Washed Peaberry
40% Kenya Kieni Washed Peaberry
20% Sulawesi Tana Toraja Kalosi Washed Peaberry

In the cup you get blackcurrant from Kieni, liquorice from Tana Toraja and a delicate leather hint on the end from Fiaz at the Bibi Plantation. All we are saying is, please give peas a chance.

Roasting Information
Medium dark - keep the heat in and finish the roast just on the cusp of second crack.

"Quick Look" Guide
Blackcurrant, liquorice, leather.

Cupping notes

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