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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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Wake Up Call: It’s back to school season!

Do you need a Wake Up Call? New school year and a new opportunity to have fun, to crush it and share with your friends!

We know what this means, you need the support and stamina to make it happen. You need the Wake Up Call!

It will be your ally in the early mornings, on the ride to school, on the now regular virtual meetings. How did we do it all last year?! Well, …. coffee!

The Wake Up Call is our blend for coffee connoisseurs looking for a strong cup in the morning that is energizing. The coffee is a balanced blend of chocolate and light nutty flavors for the special wake up call.

And to make it easier on you to get in the new daily routine, we have a special back to school gift:

10% discount on coffee gift subscriptions, so you never run out of coffee again and your early mornings become a pleasure.

Use discount code BackToSchool2021 at checkout.

But hurry this special will expire on August 22 at midnight!

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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 talk with the coffee producers from Bella Vista Mayan Women in Chiapas, Mexico

Our shipment of the new harvest from Bella Vista Mayan Women from Chiapas just arrived here in the Bay Area!! We had the amazing opportunity to talk with Rosalba and the women producers recently and have recorded it for all who have missed it. Hear their thoughts and dreams; and everything they are doing to grow the coffee you have been enjoying or ig you have never tried it hopefully will enjoy soon!

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Female perspective of the coffee sector in Costa Rica – Expectations amid COVID-19

Join us on Tuesday May 5 at 10 am PST on Facebook Live. Hear from female Costa Rican farmers about the current situation in the coffee sector in Costa Rica and how they are responding and preparing for what its to come amid COVID-19.

Female perspective of the coffee sector in Costa Rica - Expectations amid COVID-19

We will make a replay available on this page after the webinar if you cannot join us live.

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Peru Finca Rayo el Sol

Roxana Rangel Granda owns Finca Rayo el Sol in the Cajamarca region of Peru. Her farm has been cultivated since 2013, thanks to the support of her family she has been able to dedicate herself to specialty coffee and always achieves the best cupping scores in Peru.

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2018 Good Food Awards Finalist – Ethiopia Gedeb Gotiti

We are humbled and honored to be selected as a 2018 Good Food Awards Finalist with our Ethiopia Gedeb Gotiti coffee. We are excited that out of 2057 entries our organic coffee was chosen as one of the top 24 coffees in the entire United States.

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What is the Cup of Excellence and why do we support it?

What is the Cup of Excellence (CoE) is a common question that we get asked all the time from our customers. People want to know, why we care about the CoE. Why do we support it? Well it is very easy. It matches perfectly to our philosophy, to our values and to our vision and mission.

So what is the Cup of Excellence?

The Cup of Excellence is a yearly competition that is held in various countries around the world to find and award the best coffees produced in those countries. It is organized by a non profit organization called the Alliance for Coffee Excellence and started in 1999 with the first competition in Brazil.