Brazil Peaberry Coffee
The timing of harvesting is crucial to maximize the quantity of ripe red cherry beans. The cherry beans are hand picked by experienced coffee farmers that have lived and worked at the plantation for many years and bring an extraordinary passion for producing the very best. As soon as the best ripe red cherry beans are picked, they are hauled to the processing area for cleaning. The raw coffee beans are first washed and then spread on terraces in thin layers for natural sun drying. The beans are turned over by hand multiple times a day until they achieve an optimal condition of readiness. Finally the coffee beans are sorted by size (screen size) and packed for shipment.
Santana Estate coffee is medium roasted to accentuate the mild smooth flavor, rich medium body, complex intense aroma and hint of dry spiceness and sweetness.
Coffee plants produce their fruit in the form of a coffee cherry. Typically, the coffee cherry grows two halves of a bean within a single cherry. Sometimes the coffee cherry produces a single bean rather than two beans this is known as a Peaberry. From a coffee drinkers perspective, Peaberry coffee beans are much smaller in size than typical coffee beans. Since only one bean rather than two are formed, Peaberry coffee beans are said to be more robust in flavor and more acidic (good for taste) than regular Arabica coffee beans. Peaberry coffee by its very nature is rare as only 5% or so of all coffee beans harvested are in the Peaberry form.