Bolivia Buena Vista Cascara Cheerys


Country: BOLIVIA
Region: Caranavi Province
City: Caranavi
Altitude: 1,500 - 1,800 metres above sea level
Variety: VariousCity: Caranavi
Farmers: Various small-holders delivering to the Buena Vista Mill
Processing: Coffee cherry dried on raised screens
Owner: Pedro Rodriguez


In the cup:  honey, hibiscus tea, sugarcane sweetness, stone fruit and orange blossom

comes in 500g packs

Still tasting great. We just have the newer crop in.

Cascara, meaning 'skin' or 'peel' in Spanish, is a novel way of recycling left over coffee pulp, which is produced in huge quantities when ripe coffee cherries are pulped before the beans are washed and dried. In most producing countries this pulp is traditionally seen as worthless and is usually broken down and used as fertilizer - but it is also possible to dry this left over cherry to create the base for a unique and refreshing tea.

Although few have heard of it, cascara has a very long and interesting history. Coffee farmers in Yemen and Ethiopia have in fact been drying and brewing cherry like this for centuries - possibly since before coffee seeds were first used to make a drink. In these countries the dried cherry is often steeped along with spices such as ginger, nutmeg or cinnamon to make a fragrant drink known as Hashara in Ethiopia or Qishr in Yemen.

This particular cascara is the dried cherry from various high grown organic coffees processed at the Buena Vista mill in Caranavi, in the heart of one of Bolivia's prime coffee-producing areas. All of these coffees are grown at over 1,500 metres by small producers in the Caranavi region - a lush, fertile area of steep valleys and mountains that provides habitat for a diverse range of flora and fauna.

Caranavi's small, traditional family farms average around 5 hectares each, and are often planted out with citrus trees as well as coffee. Most farms use no chemical fertilizers or pesticides and this cascara was produced using cherry from fully organic certified producers.

The result is a rare and delicious tea, which reveals yet another taste dimension to the coffee cherry. We enjoyed this lot's tart acidity, gentle mouthfeel, and apple and elderflower notes - an excellent palate cleanser!

You can read more about this delicious drink on our blog

Brewing methods:
Cascara is still a relatively new ingredient in most countries and so ripe for experimentation (excuse the pun!). We have tried brewing it various ways and we like using a French Press the best (recipe below), but you could also try using a tea pot, an Eva Solo or any other method you can dream up! If you hit on a particularly ingenious way of brewing cascara please do get in touch as we'd love to hear about it...

Brew Guide:

    Use 5-15g of cascara per 200ml (experiment!)
    Brew for 4 minutes in a French press
    Stir 3 times
    Wait an additional 3 minutes
    Serve immediately

Coffee cherries used in this Cascara

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Bolivia Buena Vista Cascara Organic previous crop - 1000g

In the cup:  Honey, hibiscus tea, sugarcane sweetness, stone fruit and orange blossom

Note: while this is made from the dried coffee cherry, it is often called a 'tea'. It certainly doesn't taste identifiably like coffee, and is best thought of as a 'fruit infusion'. Different, but very tasty!

Regular Price: $26.90

Special Price: $22.00

Crop Year:
Nov 2017
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