Tanzanian Peaberry coffee beans are

Filed under:General — eric @ 3:23 am

Tanzanian Peaberry coffee beans are about the size of a pencil eraser. I’ve got a tad under a pound of them at home, sealed in a bag in my pantry. They’re still green — well, more like a greenish-brown, really — because they haven’t been roasted yet. This morning I scooped about six spoonfuls into my roaster and turned it on while I showered. After 15 minutes the house was filled with the aroma of freshly-roasted coffee. If you’ve not smelled that, and you like coffee, you are missing out. It’s like the smell of coffee beans, or a nice coffee house, but smokier, richer, earthier. Enormously pleasant. I took the beans, still hot, and whirled themin my grinder. Steam was released and condensed back to water in the underside of the domed lid, all in ten seconds. The coarsly ground beans were then transferred into my French Press where they sat in nearly-boiling water for about five minutes. Twenty minutes total from raw bean to brew. To the coffee in my cup I added a spoonful of the freshly whipped cream I’d made for my strawberries and stirred with a piece of freshly cut sugar cane (a gift from my neighbors just returned from Florida. They also brought some segments that were starting to sprout, which I promptly planted in the side yard.).

Some people drink coffee to wake them up. For those folks, a Mr. Coffee pot with a timer is the perfect thing. Myself, I never liked the taste of coffee until recently. When I discovered coffee drunk for the sheer pleasure of it rather than as a caffeine vehicle, I realized what I was missing. And now that I can quickly go from green bean to hot liquid, I see (and smell, and taste) what I was missing at even the nice coffee houses. If you like coffee, there’s no reason why you can’t do this too. See my April 2nd entry for all the information you need. Likely, you can drink your home-roasted coffee for cheaper than you’re paying for Folgers grounds now, if you’ve got a hot air popcorn popper lying around. (Note to Wendell: just another example of my cheap-ness.)


  1. My parents just bought a coffee roaster, and I have been charged with the difficult task of trying to find green coffee beans. I am particularly fond of the tanzanian peaberry, but I am having trouble finding those inexpensive beans everyone keeps telling me about. I am looking at anywhere from $4.50-$6.00 for GREEN beans. I have been through dozens of websites, and I am beginning to believe that “green beans cheaper than folgers grounds” rumors are only a “fountain of youth”! Can anyone help?

    Comment by Robert Mullins — 10/28/2003 @ 1:55 am

  2. Well, my brother had a source in Corvallis, OR where they were buying the 150 lb burlap bags of the Tanzanian Teaberry in bulk for $2.00 a lb. The coffee shop was sold and now the supplier is in question. I’ve been waiting a couple months for receipt of these beans. If/when I get them, you can email me and I’ll let you know who he went through. I’m just 3rd in the loop, so I don’t have all the particulars, but I’m fervently searching the net right now.

    Comment by Dina — 12/14/2003 @ 12:14 pm

  3. A year ago, I was recommended TAZ Teaberry and I’ve never gone back to my other favorites - the Konas, Kona-blends, or some kind of French Roast blend. While I like to ‘doctor’ my coffee up, TazT seems to be the most full-bodied but least bitter bean I’ve found. Anyone recommending different beans?

    Comment by Ollie — 12/21/2005 @ 10:27 am

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