CASCARA COFFEE CHERRY
CASCARA COFFEE CHERRY
Santa Clara Estate/ Ricardo Zelaya
|Cascara - Dried Coffee Cherry
Peach. Floral. Sparkling.
Cascara means peel or skin in Spanish - it is in fact the dried skin of our coffee cherries. It is generally applied as a natural fertilizer to feed coffee plants with nutrition. It can also be processed as a loose fruit tea and is often enjoyed as a hot beverage.
Finca Santa Clara is located in Antigua, Guatemala. Surrounded by three volcanos, it is in operation since 1930. Only under the management of our partner Ricardo Zelaya, this farm received a sharp focus on quality. First winning the precious Cup of Excellence award in 2001, years of success and recognition followed. At an elevation of up to 1890 meters, Santa Clara is pushing out delicious coffees year after year.
From his vast range of Geisha coffees, Ricardo uses the coffee cherries to produce his organic Cascara. We fell in love with the unique flavour profile of his Malawi Geisha Cascara.
Geisha Coffee is rare and rated as one of the best coffees in the world. The story of Geisha coffee reaches back to 1936, the time of a British colony in «Abyssinia,» and Captain Richard Whalley, who was tasked with collecting 10 pounds of coffee seeds from the area around Geisha Mountain in what is now Ethiopia. Fast forward, the Peterson family famously re-discovered the Geisha varietal on their farm, La Esmeralda in Panama, in 2004. In the leadup to the Best Of Panama competition, the Petersons did something they had never done before: during processing they separated production from different areas of the farm out into individual lots.
One of the lots they separated out came from high up in Jaramillo. When it landed on the cupping table, it blew everyone away. This was the first time cuppers had tasted a sample that was 100% Geisha coffee, and when they did, it was clear Hacienda La Esmeralda had something new on their hands: The explosion of juicy brightness and layered aromatics in a high-altitude Geisha coffee were more reminiscent of a coffee from Ethiopia then Latin America. Once the initial shock was processed, the cuppers could not get enough of it. Hacienda La Esmeralda went on to win the 2004 Panama competition with their Geisha coffee, and that year set a record for the highest price ever paid for a coffee at auction.
Use 6 gr of Cascara and 200 ml of hot water at 95 degrees. 4 min steep time.
Use 20 gr of Cascara and 1000ml of cold water. Keep 8 hours in your fridge. Served over ice.