Cascara Coffee Cherry Tea

DMarshall_EBcascarapeach__DSC3754.jpg
_IGP3417.JPG
DMarshall_EBcascarapeach__DSC3754.jpg
_IGP3417.JPG

Cascara Coffee Cherry Tea

8.50

Sold in 5oz bag. Delicious herbal tea made from the dried cherries of our El Salvador Pacamara coffee from Finca Las Delicias. 5-7g per 8oz of water Steep for 5 minutes in a French press or use tea bag

Get a Coffee Subscription!

Quantity:
Add To Cart

Additional Info

Cascara, also known as ‘coffee cherry tea’ is an herbal tea made from the dried cherries of the coffee plant. Meaning ‘skin or peel’ in Spanish, cascara is a novel way of recycling left over coffee pulp, which is produced in huge quantities when ripe coffee cherries are pulped before the beans are washed and dried. In most producing countries this pulp is traditionally seen as worthless and is usually broken down and used as fertilizer – but it is also possible to dry this left over cherry to create the base for a unique and refreshing tea.

Although few have heard of it, cascara has a very long and interesting history. Coffee farmers in Yemen and Ethiopia have in fact been drying and brewing cherry like this for centuries – possibly since before coffee seeds were first used to make a drink. In these countries the dried cherry is often steeped along with spices such as ginger, nutmeg or cinnamon to make a fragrant drink known as Hashara in Ethiopia or Qishr in Yemen.

The cascara that we have sourced is from the same farm as our El Salvador Las Delicias, a Direct Relationship with Miguel Menendez and family. This is a full pulped cascara, from the Natural Pacamara, from Las Delicias.  The customary method of doing cascara is taking the freshly de-pulped cascara from the bean and mucilage, and drying it out in the sun, separated from everything else. The Menendez team has taken a different approach by taking the cascara from the fully pulped natural.  This means leaving the cascara with the mucilage and bean, all together, to dry out in the sun.

Leaving the cascara together with the mucilage and bean to dry out in the sun, made the cascara taste much more intense, with a very sweet taste and smell. The result is a rare and delicious tea, which reveals yet another taste dimension to the coffee cherry.  This Pacamara cascara is one of the best you’ll taste, bursting with sweet, cherry flavor.  It is excellent as iced or hot tea. Yes it does contain a good amount of caffeine, perhaps a bit more than coffee.

Cascara is a relatively new offering in the coffee world that is taking off in the culinary world. It can be brewed using a French Press, teapot, aeropress, or other methods.