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Cascara has been quietly gaining awareness amongst the coffee community for some time but its production is still very small and variable in quality. At its best, this liquid rose-gold concoction offers great taste, high antioxidants levels, and low caffeine content. So what is Cascara?
Cascara Cherry Fruit
Surrounding every coffee bean is the coffee cherry fruit’s exterior skin and pulp. This covering is a dense, wonderful concentration of natural sugars, oils, vitamins and antioxidants, known as Cascara. When it’s introduced into hot water, the resulting infusion is called Coffee Cherry Tea.
Our Cascara comes from Graciano Cruz’s Los Lajones farm in Panama, where volcanic soils which are rich in minerals and organic material provide perfect conditions for cultivating coffee.
At Los Lajones, perfectly ripe cherries are dried naturally on raised beds, then during the milling process, the coffee beans are separated from the rich, aromatic husk. The gentle processing and sun-drying of the Cascara is what produces the delicious syrupy sweetness that you find in coffee cherry tea.
Intriguingly, the flavours of the infusion are very different to roasted coffee, with flavour notes of cherry and dried cranberry.
We have two different Cascaras for you to try.
The Los Lajones Geisha Cascara has baked apple and tamarind notes, with a liquorice root finish and a hint of fresh oak wood on the aftertaste. Rounded creamy body with green grape acidity and a tart finish.
The Los Lajones Catuai Cascara has green apple and tamarind with fresh oak and camomile tea notes. When brewed it creates a soft, sweet, less acid coffee cherry tea.
How to infuse
- Measure 30g of cascara for every 500ml of water
- Water temperature of 92-94C
- Experiment with infusion times, we suggest starting with 5-6 minutes, or up to 10 minutes to yield a deeper toned, syrupy aftertaste from the pale red brew.
- When done, always filter the liquid to remove the Cascara and enjoy your Coffee Cherry Tea.
Try it warm, or you can refrigerate it overnight before reheating the following day.
It’s a great drink to try in a Chemex.
Now you know how to make it, pop over to our website and try some for yourself.