Front of Store 1984


Oh my we’ve had fun in the last two weeks looking through old pictures of the store!  The photo above was taken at Christmastime in 1984.  The decor doesn’t seem out of place given the six inches of snow that were in my driveway this morning!  Apparently winter decided to arrive in March and April this year.

Peaberry ComparisonThis week’s coffee of the week is a favorite of many of you, so if you were missing it for the last few weeks, you’ll be glad to know that the Tanzanian Peaberry has arrived!  For the record, I do think that the best thing about this coffee is being able to write that it is grown on the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro.  I mean, how exotic does that sound?

I’ve never been to Africa, and I only know about coffee production there from what I’ve read, and from documentaries I’ve seen–and I do realize that there’s not much romantic about farming coffee (except maybe the scent of the blooming flowers).  But when you get to include the highest mountain on a continent in your description, it makes the geography that much more vivid.
We’ve talked about the definition of a peaberry bean before, so if you’re firm on the concept, you can skip ahead to the next paragraph.  For those of you still with me, a peaberry bean occurs when only one seed forms inside a coffee cherry, instead of the usual two.  A peaberry is more rounded, and much smaller.  Perhaps for this reason, they tend to be higher in caffeine than most other coffees, and they lack the flat side of a regular bean.

This Tanzanian Peaberry is really easy to drink, so watch out for the caffeine jolt!  It has bright citrus notes, but more body than many African coffees.

–Holly Fike
Tanzanian Peaberry 
This week: $14.99
List Price: $15.99