Cascara “Tea”


Cascara means “shell” in Spanish and is the shell of the coffee cherry that is dried and used to brew a highly caffeinated “tea”.  We put tea in quotes because it’s not tea, but coffee!  However it’s the skins of the coffee cherry, not the roasted seeds to which we are accustomed.

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The flavor is sweet, slightly earthy, and tastes a little like hibiscus, plum, and black cherry.   Brewed hot, it makes a delightful diversion from the usual coffee, and cold, it’s very refreshing!  We recommend the following recipe:

Pour 200 mL of hot water (210°F) over 20 grams of West Oak Cascara “Tea” (or 9 fl. oz. of hot water to 1 oz of tea).  Let steep for at least 5 minutes.  Strain and enjoy hot or over ice!

Loma La Gloria  pushes the limits for coffee quality in  El Salvador.  It’s owner, Anny Ruth, grew up hating the farm life, but as time passed, she found ways to improve not only the quality of the coffee, but the quality of life for everyone working at Loma La Gloria.  Anny is paving the way in a traditional culture for female equality in business.  For more information about Loma La Gloria, visit their website:

Grower: Anny Ruth
Country: El Salvador
Region: Boqueron
Altitude: 1400-2000 masl
Process: Sun Dried Coffee Cherry Shells
Variety: Bourbon
Harvest: 2017
Soil: Volcanic
Certs: Direct Trade
Tasting Notes: Hibiscus, Plum, Black Cherry

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