Farmer: Jairo Antonio Taborda Berrio
Farm: Finca La Vega
Subregion: Southwestern Antioquia - Amagá Town
Elevation: 1800 – 1900m
Variety: 60% Castillo and 40% Catimor
Tasting Notes: Hibiscus, tamarind, date, green apple
The word cascara means 'husk' or 'peel' in Spanish and it is a tea made from the dried fruit of the coffee cherry. It is high in antioxidants and has about 1/4 as much caffeine as a cup of coffee, but does not taste like coffee since it is made from dried fruit instead of a roasted seed. We source our Cascara from our friend Yolima Taborda Rojas and her family's farm in Colombia. This is a fully traceable and direct purchase - we are proud to support their vertically integrated coffee venture!
Our brew recipe for iced Cascara tea:
1.Boil water, then set aside for about 30 seconds to allow water to cool to about 200º
2. Measure out 20 grams of Cascara
3. Pour 400 grams hot water over the cascara. You can make this in a French press or a tea maker of any type. As long as you have some way to filter the cascara out to drink your tea!
4. Let steep for 4 minutes then strain and pour over ice. Add some simple syrup and a little squirt of lemon or lime if you want! We made a basil infused simple syrup to go in ours :P
Here's some more Cascara inspo for you:
This little article from Sprudge has a recipe for a Cascara simple syrup which you can use to make a soda, or as an ingredient in a cocktail!
Here is a great in-depth article from Fresh Cup if you want to learn more!