Our small batch line has gained a sweet and unique addition – Peaberry PNG is now available! We’re extra excited about this one. Get it in one-pound bags for $22, five-pound bags (online only) for $90, and bulk coffee options at stonecreekcoffee.com. Head to your neighborhood Stone Creek cafe and taste it manually brewed when you order a V60 from our Brew Bar or order it up for a limited-time as our Seasonal ‘Spro.
Shipping delays have been a global issue and the coffee world is no exception. Being Farm to Cup is extraordinary when it comes to transparency and quality, but can be a logistical obstacle in terms of coordinating shipments as of late. We’ve had several coffees planned that are delayed, but on the flip-side, we’ve added some last minute coffees to our small batch line-up. Peaberry PNG is exciting to us Coffee Geeks at Stone Creek for a couple of reasons – the region and bean characteristic. It isn’t too common for us to have coffee from Papua New Guinea (the last time we offered a coffee from PNG was at the end of 2019) and it is pretty rare to have a peaberry. Let’s dive in a bit here so you can join in on the excitement…
Coffee is Papua New Guinea’s second largest agricultural export (after oil palm) but it only accounts for 1% of the world’s coffee production. Approximately 87,000 hectares is being used for coffee cultivation, with 2.5 million people being employed in the industry. The vast majority of coffee in Papua New Guinea is grown in the highland regions near the country’s center. Coffee is then graded using a unique matrix that reflects screen size and bean shape, defect count, color, aroma, and cup quality. Next up, let’s chat about the bean characteristic that we’re geeking out about.
What is a “peaberry?” It’s a natural mutation of the coffee bean inside its cherry. Typically coffee beans grow two to a fruit, flat against each other, but a funny thing happens in about 5% of the world’s coffee, and a bean is born on its own. Because there’s no way to tell from looking at the cherry itself whether there’s a single- or double-header inside, peaberries need to be hand-sorted after picking and processing to be sold separately. In many cases, the peaberries are often sold for roasting right alongside their regular counterparts. Growers will hand-select the tiny mutants for a special sale, sometimes at a premium, because of their taste, labor, and relative rarity.
Our newest small batch, Peaberry PNG, is sourced from family-owned farms in the Nebilyer Valley within Tambul-Nebilyer District, Papua New Guinea. Each producer cultivates coffee on 1-2 hectares of land. This coffee underwent a washed process before being sun-dried. The Kuta mill operates between the Ulga and Kolga tribes and has been in operation for over 40 years. The Kuta Mill has become a space of common ground for producers who have traditionally been in conflict because of tribal differences.
Packed with notes of dried fig, nougat, and tropical fruit, this is a seriously sweet coffee worth geeking out about. Grab a bag of Peaberry PNG before we sell out with free carbon neutral shipping on all orders when you click the button below.SHOP PEABERRY PNG