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SOLD OUT: Valiente: Cascara Tea
$14.00 – $80.00
Cascara is the dried skin of the coffee cherry that brews a fruity, caffeinated, slightly sweet beverage. This lot has a nose of cherry pie and sweet notes of baked apple, cinnamon, currants, lemonade, and hibiscus.
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 (211°F) over 20 grams of cascara (or 9 fl. oz. of hot water to 1 oz of tea). Let steep for at least 5 minutes. Strain. If you would like to enjoy it cold, use 1/3 less water in the brew and pour over ice!
1650 M a.s.l.
MARIO VALIENTE at CAFÉ COLOMBA
Mario Valiente is a long time direct trade partner with West Oak. Also lovingly called by the nickname “Don Cigarrillo”, the Lord Cigarette and West Oak Coffee share a similar approach to life and career: we take work seriously, but don’t take ourselves seriously. At sundown, there’s nothing more satisfying than knowing you worked hard–put forth the best fruit you had to offer. If you can say that, having a good time comes easy because there’s no greater critic than ourselves!
We’ve worked with the Valiente’s since 2015, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to bring their coffees in every year. Their farm, Finca Colomba, is in Santa Ana, and it really is a hidden gem. At 1500 MASL, they produce a wide array of coffees: Pacas, Bourbon, Pacamara, Gesha, and SL-28. A particular reason we enjoy working with the Valiente’s is due to their collaborative spirit. They’re always willing to find new ways to experiment in their processes for the sake of maximizing flavor. Ferment the coffee with pineapples? Sure, why not! Ferment the coffee at 35 degrees for a week? Let’s see what it does! Did somebody say wash the coffee with orange juice? Mario did! They’re constantly, and methodically, testing out new methods, and quite frankly, it always leads to success. We just hope they don’t forget about us little guys when they become famous.
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