Cascara a.k.a. Coffee Tea

What is Cascara you ask? It is more commonly known as Coffee Cherry Tea a.k.a. Coffee Tea.

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A Coffee Cherry is the fruit which surrounds and protects the coffee beans. The Cherry appears approximately nine months after the Coffee plant blossoms. The Cherry then ripens over the course of several weeks.

Cascara is Spanish for “husk”, “skin”, or “peel”. The Coffee Cherry is usually considered a by-product of the Coffee Industry. However, for centuries in many parts of the world the Cherry has been collected after the harvest, sun-dried and brewed into a tea.

The Cherry contains most of the sugars found in coffee and is what gives the bean much of its flavor. When dried they have a leathery/woodsy appearance. The aroma is sweet and fruity. Some liken it to tobacco.

Cascara isn’t exactly a coffee, nor by definition is it a tea. Although when steeped in water it does make tea. That said, there is no exact recipe to extract the perfect cup. That distinction is best reserved for the individual. A good rule of thumb to start is 3 tablespoons of Cascara to 10 ounces of water. From there you can begin adjusting the ratio to suit your personal preference. Cascara can be brewed with hot or cold water, to further suit your taste. You can even add spices such as ginger, nutmeg or cinnamon (I prefer the unmolested, natural flavor).

Cascara does contain caffeine. However, the levels have been found to be fairly low. Certainly not on par with coffee. I am not a Tea drinker. I like the idea of Tea, but not really the Tea itself. I love Cascara though! I generally enjoy drinking a cup in the afternoon or evening when I want something hot, but am not in the mood for coffee.

So there you have it. Cascara provides a delicious alternative to Coffee or Tea. Or, for those who already enjoy both, a unique drink to explore that bridges the gap.

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~Johnny

Where Does Our Coffee Come From?

Wow...the months are zooming by. I can't believe we are almost in the middle of November!!! My mom would always say, "Time flies by so fast. And when you hit your 50's? Well it's like it goes into turbo-charge." She wasn't kidding. 

The Montero family

The Montero family

I wanted to put up a blog about the coffee we offer to our customers. Today, I wanted to showcase a great coffee from Costa Rica. Montero Specialty Coffee is owned and run by Manuel and Patricia Montero. As they state on their website and in speaking with Patricia in the past...they work their plantations from plant to bag. Manuel is 3rd generation coffee grower and along with his beautiful wife, children and grandson continue the growth and tradition of quality coffee and care for their workers. 

The workers are paid above average wages and the ensure that their workers have decent housing and healthcare. The Montero family always had an extra plate or two set at their table any time. 

Manuel Montero

Manuel Montero

They maintain an herbicide and pesticide free plantation. Relying on bird, lizard and mammal population to control and take care of it. They weed manually and ensure the coffee shrubs/trees are enjoying the proper sun/shade and soil nutrition. 

Coffee

Coffee

The planation is growing at an elevation of 1,900 meters. which yields the Arabica varieties Caturra and Catuai. All their beans are SHB (Strictly Hard Bean). 

All of this hard work and dedication delivers a perfect balanced cup. It is amazing the process these wonderful farms endure to deliver beautiful green coffee around the world. 

The Montero family and employees work long hours... dedicated to producing beautiful green coffee. I take the same pride and dedication as the Montero family when roasting.  I ensure I deliver a perfect tasting coffee. I am very happy and blessed to have the opportunity of roasting their coffee and delivering to our customers. The cupping notes are caramel, honey, sweet & bright acidity. 

Coffee plantation  

Coffee plantation  

If you haven't had our coffee from The Montero family in Costa Rica, I invite you to try some. We roast twice a week and ship and/or deliver fresh roasted coffee to your office or home. 

Lolita 💋