Bolivia Cascara ORGANIC ​- Not Available

This Cascara was harvested from Organic certified Bolivian crop. Cascara - the word for "shell" or "husk" in Spanish - is the dried coffee cherry hull that is normally discarded during processing. The habit of discarding the hull as a simple byproduct was found to be regrettably wasteful, because it can be prepared as a sweet and highly caffeinated tea.

These dried bags of coffee cherries are not unlike bags of tea—the main visual difference is the pieces of cherries are slightly bigger than a tea leaf and have a leathery, woody look similar to dried raisins or the shell of a nut. The neat part about this whole process is that not only does it allow for the coffee plant to be used in a creative way, but it’s also eco-friendly. Normally coffee cherries are considered a by-product of the coffee-making process and are either discarded as waste or used as compost. Now these cherries are being reused to produce a unique drink of their own. Coffee, tea or both?Coffee cherry tea may be a new drink for the United States, but it has been popular in other areas of the world for some time.  Coffee farmers in Yemen and Ethiopia have in fact been drying and brewing cherry like this for centuries—possibly since before coffee seeds were first used to make a drink  “in these countries the dried cherry is often steeped along with spices such as ginger, nutmeg or cinnamon to make a fragrant drink known as hashara in Ethiopia or qisher in Yemen.”The drink is still popular in these countries today and is actually consumed more often than coffee in Yemen, as it is less expensive.

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1 - 4 pounds        

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This Decaf coffee is sourced from family-owned farms organized around Cooperativa Agraria Cafetalera ,a cooperative established in 1966 in the province of Chanchamayo, Peru. It has more than a thousand members who work together through the Occupational Learning Center for Sustainable Agriculture where farmers learn environmentally friendly farming and crop diversification techniques aimed at creating additional sources of income. The COOP also funds micro-financing for women who run household businesses, rural healthcare clinics, and infrastructure projects to maintain five roads, three potable water systems, and three schools.
 PERU Organic SELECT WATER DECAF is sourced from lots that the Royal team has selected based on cupping evaluations. After selection, the green coffee is pre-soaked in water to expand the beans for caffeine extraction. The beans are then introduced to a solution concentrated with coffee solubles that extract the caffeine without extracting the coffee’s particular flavor. 
Grower            Cooperativa Agraria Cafetalera La Florida
Variety            Bourbon, Catimor, Caturra, Pache, and Typica
Region                        Chanchamayo, Junín, Peru
Harvest            April - September
Altitude            1200 – 1400 meters
Soil                        Clay minerals
Process            Fully washed and dried in the sun
Certifications            Decaf, Organic
Crop                        2018
Arrived            February 1, 2019

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Komodo Decaf Organic and Fair Trade ​SWP

Farm Description

Sigri plantation was established in the 1950's and rapidly gained a reputation that continues to grow.  All processing practices follow a system which insists on the highest standards and quality at every stage. Hand picked when red and fully ripe.  The cherry is pulped on the day of picking.   The fermentation process entails washing and drying over a 3 day period.  but unlike other washed processed coffees, Sigri's process follows this by total immersion in the water for a father day, which creates unique flavor profile.  The plantation employs a medium density shade strategy, using 2 types of shade trees.  this promotes even ripening of coffee cherries and provides habitat for over 90 species of birds.

Harvest:    2018
Arrived:     July 19, 2019

I brewed 2 batches. The first with a standard 4 minute brew time. The second with an 8 minute brew.
Initial impressions:
Nose: Fresh, bright cherry notes.
Palate: Same cherry up front. Oolong tea underneath.
Finish: Medium, bitter parts of the cherry notes fade slowly.
Verdict: The product is not at all finicky to brew. The long brew was not excessively bitter unlike black, oolong and green teas. .

Crop Year: 2018
Arrival:      July 5, 2018

2 ounces .              6 ounces .              1 pound        
  $6.00                    $11.75                    $18.00

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