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Costa Rica, 200 years of peace

This year we commemorate one of the most important milestones in the history of Costa Rica: the celebration of 200 years of independence!

From humble beginnings, the men and women of Costa Rica chose freedom, progress and unity. This lead to build a nation that is peaceful, multicultural, forward thinking, hard working, happy, and a leader in the region.

Although, we were the last Central American Province to know about the wonderful news of independence, once the official letter arrived, people didn’t think twice to organize a government and look for avenues to create income and opportunities.

What does coffee have to do with this? Everything. Costa Rica was the first Central American country to start with this industry. Coffee plants and free land were given to families who wanted to cultivate this crop as a way to start our economy and catapult our exports to Europe.

This created the development of infrastructure and roads from the coffee growing areas to the ports.

Wise choices and hard work paid off. Today we can enjoy a place of opportunities, access to education and health care. A place with the most exuberant nature and breathtaking landscapes.

To celebrate, all coffees from Costa Rica are 15% off* on September 15, 2021 only.

Happy Bicentennial, Costa Rica!

*The discount is applied automatically and can’t be combined with other discounts.

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Coffee General

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

Costa Rica Finca San Luis

We are super excited to bring back Finca San Luis from our good friend Daniela Gutierrez in Tarrazu, Costa Rica. Despite all the challenges with COVID-19, we were able to secure this lot thanks to our relationship with Daniela. And we have to say this years harvest is just amazing! It exceeded all our expectations and we hope you will love it as much as we do!

Finca San Luis and the La Montaña de Tarrazu Micromill is a family business, overseen by two sisters, Daniela and Tatiana Gutierrez, having taken over day-to-day operations from their father, Jorge.

Daniela handles day-to-day operations and is passionate about specialty coffee. She has learned about barista skills as well as roasting, and enjoys drinking the coffees that La Montaña produces. The sisters’ father is still involved in the farm, but the sisters are working in the commercialization of the coffee.

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Coffee

El Chorreador – Costa Rican Coffee Maker

Did you ever wonder how Costa Rican’s make their coffee at home? They are using the traditional Costa Rican Coffee Maker called El Chorreador.

Making coffee the traditional Costa Rican way is easy and creates a delicious cup. See how to use the Chorreador to make a great cup of coffee in just a few minutes. The video is in English and Spanish.

Let us know in the comment section below if you have ever had coffee made in an Chorreador and how you liked it. Maybe you even have one at home and enjoy a fresh brewed cup right now?