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Cascara coffee cherry: Guatemala Jalapa Cascara Nano Lot

Cascara coffee cherry: Guatemala Jalapa Cascara Nano Lot

Regular price $15.00
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1:30 cascara to hot water ratio, steeped for 5 min gives unbelievably sweet and clean cascara tea.
Exclusive to Kurasu. We've purchased the whole lot from a micro farm in Jalapa, Guatemala
Expiration Date: October 2026
Available in 60g, 150g and 500g (500g comes in a wholesale bag)
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Unbelievably sweet and clean Cascara, produced with special “dry bicycle” de-pulping method

Guatemala Jalapa Cascara Nano Lot

Flavor note: Rosehip, plum, honey, clean aftertaste

Area: New Oriente, Colis, Jalpa

Variety: Pache

Altitude: 1750~1867m

Barista's comment: "Unbelievably sweet and clean Cascara, achieved due the careful handling, care, and “dry bicycle” de-pulping.  Just 5g steeped in hot water for 5min can make beautiful 180ml Cascara tea."

Available in 150g.

What's Cascara?

Cascara, also often referred to as "coffee cherry tea", is dried outer skins of coffee cherries. It has been considered a by-product of coffee making process, and often discarded in mass, if not used as a compost. Recently, however, cascara is gaining its popularity in specialty coffee scene as an exciting, new and tasty ingredients. After all, beautiful coffee comes from beautiful cherries- why waste?  

This dark red, sun-dried fruit peel has a shell-like, leathery texture, and makes a tea-like infusion. The flavor is quite different from roasted coffee beans- sweet and a bit tart like rosehip or plum, and mellow as honey. Although it is caffeinated, the caffeine content is less than a brewed coffee for about 1/4 to 1/8.  

You can explore quite a lot with it as well- you can make a syrup, or dried cascara can also be used as a "coffee flour", ground and mixed with wheat flour to be used in baking. Playing around with some spices like cinnamon and nutmeg to make it warmer and more fragrant infusion is also a known way to enjoy it. 

What we love about introducing cascara at Kurasu is not just because it is especially high quality, gorgeous cascara, but because we feel that it is a wonderful way of up-cycling. As mentioned, cascara has been discarded most of the time, sometimes even causing a water pollution. Consuming cascara means less waste, less pollution, pioneering a new revenue source for the coffee farmers, all while enjoying a wonderful and curious encounter with coffee cherries.