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CASCARA TEA

Written By Delano Staff 23 Jun 2020
CASCARA TEA

While we all know what coffee is (I hope), there is another, less popular coffee drink in town that not a lot of people know about. So here is our brief rundown about Cascara. 

 
  
Coffee beans are seeds of a fruit, commonly called a coffee cherry. During the processing process of coffee the cherry is pulped from the seed, that seed goes on to be roasted and becomes our coffee we know and love, while unfortunately the cherry too often gets thrown out or composted. 

That cherry like a lot of fruit is very sweet and delicious, so instead of throwing it out farmers started drying it in the sun and brewing tea out of it. The dried cherry became known as Cascara which translates to ‘husk’ in Spanish. 

Even though it comes from the same fruit, Cascara and coffee taste completely different. They both have caffeine (Cascara only has approximately ¼ of the caffeine that coffee has) but that is where the similarities end. Cascara has very little to no bitterness and is very sweet (if brewed correctly), it is often compared to herbal tea rather than coffee. Cascara is something that every coffee drinker and non coffee drinker should try at least once, it will definitely surprise you in a good way.
 
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Olman Valladarez
 
Olman Valladarez and his Finca Buenos Aires are renowned in Nicaragua specialty coffee with Olman having taken 1st place in COE 2015, runner up in 2017 and a number of placings throughout the years. This lot of Cascara is from his Java varietal trees and was sourced through a natural processing method. It has a sweetness, clarity and depth we have rarely found in Cascara. Cascara is the dried husks of the coffee cherry and is brewed like tea.
 
TASTING NOTES
Apricot, Honeysuckle & Blackberry
 
FARM/MILL/CO-OP
Finca Buenos Aires
 
MASL
1,600 M
 REGION & COUNTRY
Diplito, Nicaragua

VARIETAL
Java

PROCESS
Natural