Cascara - Costa Rica Helsar de Zarcero
Cascara is the tea made from the dried pulp of the coffee cherry. It's like a sweet, cherry infused apple cider meets hibiscus tea. In other words, delicious.
We sourced this treat from the Helsar de Zarcero mill in Costa Rica through Collaborative Coffee Source.
Some info on the coffee mill and their mindful production practices for both coffee and cascara:
"Helsar de Zarcero is a mill that was established in 2004 by Ricardo Perez and a partner, during the nascent stages of Costa Rica’s “micromill revolution.”
The operation has grown considerably in the last fourteen years. It started with just a depulper and some raised beds, and today Helsar de Zarcero serves a few dozen farms, including a few of the Perez family’s own. In Helsar’s first year of production they yielded 250 bags. In 2016, the micromill produced 5000 bags, 15% of which was organic certified.
The family advocates for environmentally sustainable practices and in addition to their organic certified coffees, they aim to become Costa Rica’s first carbon neutral micromill. They use both collected rain water and fresh water to process cherries in the eco-pulpers. Each year they plant around 700 trees to offset the carbon their equipment produces, and they set up a fully organic certified cascara production."
Adventure - Pointed & Punchy
Luxury - Top Shelf
Dates, Dried Cherry, Mulled Cider