What is Cascara?
Cascara, also known as coffee cherry tea, means “husk,” “peel” or “skin” in Spanish.
It's the dried skin of coffee cherries.
Normally, these coffee husks are wasted during the coffee production. But these skins are full of antioxidant, vitamin C,E and high in polyphenol compounds.
You may think that this is one of those hipster drinks but history says different. Coffee farmers in Yemen and Ethiopia have been brewing coffee cherrie tea for centuries.
Not only the cascara tea is healthy, it's eco-friendly and creative way to add extra income to the farmers.
Think of hibiscus, red fruits herbal tea with honey like sweetness and thick texture.
Let’s talk about where this cascara came from.
The most famous coffee farm in the world. “Panama Hacienda La Esmeralda”.
I have visited coffee farm in Colombia and Indonesia.
One thing it shocked me was that how delicious the coffee cherries are. It is not that hard to imagine the cherries of Geisha variety is tastier than Catimor variety for example.
The reality is...
It tastes so much sweeter and complex in aftertaste. It really changed my view on coffee and finally started seeing what seed to cup means. (Lets just say it’s a Coffee version of farm to table)
Anyway, we all know how delicious the geisha is and 'Panama Hacienda La Esmeralda' is arguably the best coffee farm in the world.
So here you go.
There are many recipes to brew Cascara Tea online. But they can taste nasty when you brew it wrong.
So I did some experiment to make sure you can get the best out of this Geisha Cascara Tea.