Dried coffee cherries from Helsar de Zarcero Micromill in Costa Rica.
Helsar de Zarcero Micromill is owned by Ricardo Pérez and brothers Felipe and Marvin Rodriguez and was built in the early 2000s in order to control the processing, and therefore the quality, of their cascara. In an interesting role reversal, the coffees used here were picked specifically to produce cascara. After being harvested, the cherries are transported on the same day to a facility to be processed. The seeds in their mucilage are taken away while the removed pulp is washed, pasteurised, and dehydrated in a sterile environment to keep it free of pathogens and debris.
Cascara makes a refreshing, caffeinated tea with a sweet flavour of apples and redcurrants.
Try it as an iced tea with a slice of orange for a refreshing summer drink.