Product Details

Nicaragua Cascara - Coffee Cherry Tea

Cup profile and tasting notes

Antioxidant-rich infusion with subtle notes of rose hip, hibiscus, cherry, red currant, tamarind and sweet tobacco.

Coffee Cascara Coffee Cherry Tea
Farm Finca Santa Maria
Variety Caturra
Process Dried Cascara
Altitude 1250 - 1480 masl
Owner Victor Robelo
City/Town Matagalpa
Region Jinotega
Country Nicaragua
Certification Grown with natural soil conditioners / RFA


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Our Delivery Policy

Where do we deliver?

We would deliver to Mars if we could – to reach the whole of the universe with good coffee, but it is not that simple – so for now we deliver to:

UK: Channel Islands, Isle of Man, British Forces Post Office.

Europe: Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden.

How long will it take?

We do not work at weekends so the term working day means Monday to Friday. If you place an order on the weekend it will not be sent out until Monday.

All orders placed before 13:00hrs 'normally' go out the same day. We do not guarantee orders go out the same day as ordered.

Royal Mail - You can order up to 2kg (7 x 250g bags) using Royal Mail first or second class - orders over 2kg will be sent using Interlink Next Day

UK Mail Next Day  - using this service you can order up to 10kg (38 x 250g bags) will ensure your order gets to you the next working day once the order is despatched from the roastery.

If you use this service you maybe required to sign for the delivery unless you elect to take responsibility for loss if left in a safe place. You will receive an email update from UKMail with a one hour delivery window and using the consignment number you track your order.

How do we keep you updated as to the status of your order.

Once you have placed your order you will receive 2 status updates - they will be:
Order confirmation – this means we have received your order and the coffee is yet to be roasted.
Shipped confirmation – this means your order has left our roastery by your chosen method.

Do we meet our delivery deadlines?

We try our best to meet the delivery deadline quoted, but on the odd occasion a parcel can be delayed due to reasons that are out of our control.

Why don't we offer free postage?

Nothing is free in life. We know you all love free postage and sometimes we do offer it as part of a promotion, but it is our policy to charge for postage. We have considered offering free postage but the costs would have to be absorbed elsewhere by you the customer. We don’t hide our postage costs.

Missing, Damaged or Incorrect Orders

We try very hard to ensure you receive your order in pristine condition. If you do not receive all your products or in the unlikely event that a product arrives damaged, please contact us via the email address within the 'contact us' section of the website.

Please note: Royal Mail does not class an international shipment as lost or missing for 28 working days unfortunately we can not take any action until this time has passed.  During that time we recommend that you ask your local sorting office / post office if they've tried to deliver (even if they haven't left a card) and ask your neighbours if your order has been left with them.  You should also check that the delivery address you gave us is correct, this can be found on your shipping confirmation email.  If your delivery still hasn't arrived after 14 working days and you have performed the above steps then please email us.

Change of Mind, Address and Cancellations

You can cancel your purchase at any time either before or up to 7 working days* following the day you receive the goods by emailing us at the address shown in the 'contact us' section of the website.

Your product must be complete and in 'as new' condition e.g. if you have opened the postal packet to examine the product you must have done so without damaging or marking the product or packaging. It must not have been used and it must  have the heat seal still in place. It should be returned with the original postal packet and packing note you received with it.

Please note that orders that have been ground to order (e.g - not whole roasted beans) may be exempt from our usual returns policy, as these represent a customised special order item. Any 'Free Gifts' received with the product must also be returned. Coffee Real will not refund the cost of postage incurred in returning a item.

If you follow the steps above you will receive a full refund of the product price and any delivery charge paid.

We cannot cancel your purchase when:

The seal has been broken on any products, or the goods were a special order to your specification.

To qualify for a refund or exchange the product must be:

In otherwise "as new" condition; and complete with any free gifts offered with it and, if possible, the original box and packaging.
This promise does not cover faults caused by accident, neglect, misuse or normal wear and tear.

If you have a coffee subscription with us please note that if you change your address and/or product profile in your account settings after the purchase date this will not update your current order, only future orders and thus you will need to notify us by email of any changes you wish to make.

Additional Information

Antioxidant-rich infusion with notes of rose hip, hibiscus, cherry, red currant, tamarind and sweet tobacco.

Cascara has been a big hit with many of the cafés we supply for a long time. It is great as a hot or iced infusion / tea or cold brewed.

This will be the first year we have offered cascara to our online customers with limited online stock. If you have never tasted brewed cascara before then it has to be said - you’re missing out. It's kind of like nature's Red Bull but 100% natural.

What is Cascara?

Firstly, cascara means “husk or skin” in Spanish and in basic terms it is the dried skin of the coffee cherry. Washed coffees have their skins removed (pulped) as part of the processing method to produce a washed coffee. In the majority of cases these pulped skins are made into compost and used as a natural soil conditioner for the coffee trees back on the farm but here they are collected and then dried on raised beds in the sun.

You can’t really call brewed cascara a coffee although it comes from the coffee cherry, nor can you call it a tea since it does not come from the camellia sinensis plant (tea) thus it can’t be classified as a true tea. Nor is Cascara quite what some people imagine when they think of a herbal tea, as Cascara is made from a fruit rather than a herb. So seeing there are a number of tisanes made from fruit this maybe the best category for brewed cascara.

What does it taste like?

Well this cascara can be described as having a sweet, fruity taste with notes of rose hip, hibiscus, cherry, red currant, mango and sweet tobacco - although this does differ from where the crop of cascara is grown.

This crop is from Nicaragua and was made using the skins from our Santa Maria coffee and is something quite special.

Cascara is not a new fad

Cascara has been a staple drink of Yemenis and Ethiopian people for hundreds, if not thousands of years but is very popular in South America too (especially in El Salvador and Bolivia)

How to brew.

As with most tisanes, cascara is made by steeping the dried coffee cherries in hot water or cold water for cold brewed cascara.

There are no exact brew ratios for the perfect cup, but in general eight grams to an eight oz cup seems to work well. Proper brewing yields a dark red tea colour brewed over 4-5 mins or up to 7-8 mins

For a hot infusion we recommend steeping three tablespoons of cascara in 285ml of hot water for four minutes. This can be done in a French Press (aka - cafetiere)

For a cold brew, we suggest six tablespoons to 350ml of filter cold water, steeped for 12 to 16 hours. It's a great cold drink, because it's both refreshing, and caffeinated.

We have found that you can steep cascara for as long as you want, and it will only increase in strength, without off flavours developing.

How much caffeine?

If you are wondering about the caffeine content then it is around 75% less than a cup of same volume of brewed filter coffee.

Note: This is not Cascara Sagrada