Cascara Tea - Costa Rica
COMPLEX, TART, FRUITY, FRESH
3.5oz box of cascara tea
Origin: Costa Rica
Region: Llano Bonito de Naranjo
Farm/Producer: Santa Lucía and Anonos
Elevation: 1700 masl
Variety: Caturra, Catuai, Villalobos
Tasting Notes: Complex, tart, fruity, fresh
"Cascara" means "husk" in Spanish, and is the word used to describe the dried pulp of the coffee cherry once it is removed from the seed, which is sometimes used to make a kind of tea-like infusion. The flavor of the drink that cascara makes is rather unique: a little floral, a little fruity, and a little pulpy or raisiny.
This cascara comes from coffees harvested at two farms in Llano Bonito de Naranjo, which were processed at the Helsar Micromill in collaboration with the University of Costa Rica. While most cascara that is on the market has not been commercially produced (and therefore can contain high quantities of debris, contaminants, foreign matter, and chemicals), this coffee was selected specifically for processing this way: The cherry pulp was collected, washed, pasteurized, and dried using food-grade technology and to particular standards. Organic testing on this lot of cascara has proved it to be clean and safe to use.