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Cascara Coffee Cherry Tea

Coffee cascara is relatively new in the United States, but it has been used to prepare a beverages for a long time in some other parts of the world.

In Bolivia it is called Sultana, and in Yemen, it is known as Qishr, and it is known to be regularly consumed. In Ethiopia, the cascara beverage is known as Hashara. The people in these countries add different spices to make it more fragrant.

What is Cascara Coffee Cherry Tea?

As the name suggests, cascara tea refers to tea made from the fruit shells of coffee cherries. It is being made using the husks left behind after the removal of the coffee beans. After that, they are dried, which is resulting in a product similar to tea. Subsequently they are packaged and used to make a highly beneficial herbal tea.

In the past, once the coffee beans were separated from the fruit, the common practice was to discard the fruit and compost it.

Today, cascara is popular amongst not only the coffee lovers but also tea drinkers and consumers of healthy products, because the coffee cherry fruit contains a high amount of polyphenols. They can help managing blood pressure levels and keep your blood vessels healthy and flexible, promoting good circulation. As an additional benefit they also help reduce chronic inflammation, another risk factor for heart disease. Polyphenols can also reduce and help control your blood sugar levels.

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/polyphenols

Making Hot Cascara Tea

  • Place a half an ounce (about 3 tablespoons) of loose dried coffee cherry in a tea strainer. Pour 10–12 ounces of hot water (203-212 F) over the infuser.
  • Let the coffee cherries steep for four to seven minutes.
  • Remove the infuser and enjoy!
Hot Cascara Coffee Cherry Tea

Making Cold Cascara Tea

There are two different ways to brew cold cascara tea. 

  • You can either brew it hot using slightly more coffee cherries and a longer steep time.
  • Let the tea cool, add ice and enjoy.
  • Alternatively, place 6 tablespoons of dried coffee cherries in 12 ounces of cold water and allow it to steep overnight (about 12-16 hours).
Cold Cascara Coffee Cherry Tea

Where to get Cascara Coffee Cherry Tea?

If you are interested in getting the Cascara tea, we have our coffee cherry tea coming from our good friend and partner Ricardo Pérez Barrantes and his daughter Mariana who product it from the coffee cherries from their Santa Lucia coffee farm. Learn more about it and order your bag by clicking on the link.

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Coffee

Looking for a dark roast? Follow the Black Tiger 🐅

There are many tigers in the jungle… but, very rarely, a unique black tiger is born.

In nature, a black tiger is a rare color variant of the tiger and is not related to a distinct species. It is due to pseudo-melanism.

For us, our Black Tiger Dark Roast Blend is the result of research, ingenuity and the delivery of excellence and the highest quality product.

This is NOT a French Roast blend.

WHY?!!

Because with French Roast the coffee beans will be very oily, will stale faster and will have that ashy and bitter flavors that we don’t want in a cup.

Instead, it is a Vienna Roast. A characteristic of this roast are the small oil spots on the beans which gives dark roasted coffee its distinguishable taste. This roast intensifies the character of each coffee from the different origins, as well as bringing out flavors that may remain hidden otherwise.

This is perhaps the most difficult roast level to master, just moments too long in the roaster will result in too much oil on the bean’s surface, and if the roast is finished seconds early no oil will appear.

Luckily for you, The Black Tiger is available year round. With notes of dark chocolate, light smokiness, black pepper and a full body, it will surely become your best bold friend!

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Coffee General

Let’s talk about coffee blends

Creating coffee blends is like creating a recipe where we combine two or more coffees to strike overall balance, while at the same time producing complexity of flavors. 

We blend to create a perfect taste for a specific consumer segment, a type of brewing method (espresso, drip, aero press, french press) or a specific season (summer vs winter time).

The art of blending requires us to put a lot of attention to detail and to consider the coffee varietal, the density of the coffee beans, the country of origin, the processing method (washed, honey, natural, monsooned), the blending ratios, the roasting temperature, etc.

The first step in this process is to figure out the desired taste or the goal for the blend. This will determine the coffees we will be using and the estimated proportions.

Then, we do a sample roast of each individual coffee and cup it to evaluate the body, the aroma, the flavor, the acidity and the sweetness. It’s kind of like doing an X-ray! Different coffees have different tasting notes and performances in the cup.

Once we figure the potential of each coffee, is time to start the blending process. Imagine creating a recipe from scratch; it takes time and many trials.

We then also try the new recipes in the different brewing methods to evaluate their performance and how they are tasting on their own or combined with other ingredients like different types of milk.

Once we have found the perfect blend we bring it to you to enjoy and savor that new creation.

We hope this gives you some insights into the art of coffee blending and will spark your curiosity.

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Celebrating International Women’s Month

Celebrating the trailblazers, the fighters, the loving, the nurturing, the teachers, the activists, the humorous, the rebels, and all women around the world.

As much as we make progress, there is still disparity and barriers that need to fall for women to be fully accepted and valued. This is a conscious and constant work that requires our full participation. 

The coffee world is one of those industries where still a lot needs to be done, to change the unconscious bias against women. This is the reason why we have created a coffee set to share more about women leaving their mark in the coffee industry.

We also will donate part of the profits to the International Women In Coffee Alliance. This is a non-profit that empowers women in the international coffee community to achieve meaningful and sustainable lives; and to encourage and recognize the participation of women in all aspects of the coffee industry.

My ask to you is, that you keep sharing with your network about the work we do to increase our purchases from women farmers. That you share about the invaluable work these women are doing at origin, and last but not least, share the choices they are making by dedicating their lives to learn, work and protect the legacy of their families.

Tag us on your post in social media with @ticoroasters #ChooseToChallenge to celebrate International Women Month!


Tico Roasters App users get early access!!

Starting today all our app users will have the opportunity to purchase the International Women’s Month coffee set FIRST.

The general public can purchase the set starting on Wednesday March 3rd, 2021.

With the app you will get early access to new product releases, special app only promotions and be the first to know about the latest news, new releases and tips about coffee and tea. You can download it on the Apple App Store and the Google PlayStore, just search for Tico Coffee Roasters and let the magic happen.

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This coffee set is a tribute to women. You will find two coffees from Costa Rica and one from Mexico.

Finca San Luis is a fully washed coffee from the famous Tarrazu region in Costa Rica, produced by Daniela Gutierrez and her family. 

Helsar Santa Lucia Patio Helsar comes from the West Valley region in Costa Rica. Produced by Mariana Perez and her family. This is an impressive natural coffee.

Bella Vista Mayan Women comes from highlands of Chiapas, Mexico. Produced by a group of over 70 indigenous women farmers, exported and distributed by Rosalba Cifuentes of Mayan Harvest. 

Did you know that Tico Coffee Roasters is a woman owned business?

If we haven’t met yet, my name is Mariana 🙂 I was born in the coffee lands in Costa Rica. I grew up smelling the scent of the coffee flowers that bloomed with the first rain in April and the sweet aroma of the picked coffee cherries during the harvest season that started around November every year.

That beautiful landscape and the freedom we all had, the friendships, sharing amongst family and neighbors. Eating lunch under a tree in the farm while telling jokes, and sharing that anticipated cup of coffee in the afternoon; are memories that will forever live in my mind and my heart.

This is what Tico Coffee Roasters is about. The unique experience that empowers, protects and nourishes lives from farm to cup.

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Chat about Teas and Medicinal Plants

Plants and herbs have many health benefits you can take advantage of. Our teas have the perfect combination of herbs, flowers, spices! Listen to the chat with Diana Avila Livak from the Earth University in Costa Rica, an expert in this field.

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Charla sobre tés y las plantas medicinales que los componen (Spanish)

Esta charla sobre tés y las plantas medicinales que los componen. Me acompaña mi amiga Diana Avila Livak para profundizar en el conocimiento.
Las plantas y hierbas tienen muchos beneficios para la salud, sobre todo en estos tiempos donde debemos de cuidar nuestro cuerpo y nuestra mente.