CASCARA – LAS CAPUCAS HONDURAS
Coffee Cherry Tea makes a crisp and delightful “tea,” made with the dried skins and pulp of coffee cherries. It is caffeinated. It can be served either hot or cold, sweetened or not. You will appreciate the expert processing & attention to detail of this super clean dried coffee cherry. Cascara brews an exquisite tea beverage, sweet cherry fruit flavor, exotic vanilla aromatics and a refreshing aftertaste.
THIS PRODUCT IS NOT ROASTED COFFEE
Net Wt: 3oz
Producer: Las Capucas Co-op
Region: Copan Honduras
Variety: Caturra, Pacas, Catuai
Cooperativa Cafetalara Capucas Limitada, or “Las Capucas”, is a cooperative in Copan with a very strong reputation for producing some of the best Honduran coffee. The cooperative has 80 members, making it quite small relative to most other cooperatives with the capacity to produce high quality coffee. The offices and milling facilities are located just outside the town of Corquin, where coffee of caturra, catuai, pacas and bourbon varieties is delivered by farmers from their approximately 1 hectare farms in the surrounding hillside regions having been washed and dried.
The coffee is grown between 1400 and 1600 meters above sea level. It features a clean and balanced taste profile with green apple acidity and aromas of maple, honey and chocolate.
The harvesting of coffee can lead to a lot of biological waste (the coffee cherries). During the processing of the coffee beans, (the seeds of the coffee cherry fruit) the fruit is separated from the bean leaving you with a lot of coffee cherries. While the leftover coffee cherries can sometimes be used as fertilizer, the sheer volume can be too much to reuse so most of it is simply dumped into rivers, changing the chemical quality of the water and affecting wildlife. One way to mitigate this is through the development of alternative products such as cascara (coffee cherry tea) and coffee flour – which reduces the environmental impact of such a large volume crop by turning waste into a viable food product. Not only is this great for the environment, but also provides a secondary revenue stream for local farmers.