Cascara is the dried coffee cherry skin, which is brewed like a tea, creating vibrant fruit notes and a complex sweetness.
This Cascara Tea is from Panama Esmerelda
When translated from Spanish, cascara literally means 'shell' or 'hull'. It is essentially a by-product of coffee production. After the coffee cherry has been picked, the fruit is pulped to remove the bright red skin. This pulped skin is often discarded as it is only the inner seed, the coffee bean, that is normally required.
Recently though, it was discovered that this discarded cherry has some real fruity properties that are worth extracting like a tea. This catuai cascara from Los Lajones in Western Panama has some exceptional fruity notes, with a refreshing stone fruit sweetness. Not only does this cascara taste fantastic, but it reduces the amount of waste from the production of coffee.