La Mula Geisha Cascara – Dried Coffee Cherry Tea
Cascara which means “husk” or “skin” in Spanish, is the dried peel of coffee cherries. Once the cherry is picked and the coffee bean has been removed, the skin is dried in the sun, creating a beautiful red dried husk. Often composted and used as fertilizer in the field, the cascara is high in antioxidants. And for us, it makes a gorgeous and refreshing tea.
To prepare, pour one cup boiling water over one level teaspoon of coffee cherry tea and let steep for 20 minutes. Dilute to taste. Strain and serve hot or chill and serve over ice.
About Finca La Mula
Winner of Good Food Awards 2016 and Best of Panama 2014, Finca La Mula is a small, quality-focused micro-farm owned by Willem Boot and managed by Kelly Hartmann of the multi-generational Hartmann coffee farming family. It was planted in 2007 by a group of 15 indigenous Ngöbe-Buglé coffee farm workers, who were students of the Escuela de Café. This school was founded by Panamanian coffee farmer Graciano Cruz, and he organized courses in coffee cultivation, harvesting, processing and cupping. The planting of Finca La Mula was part of the curriculum of this school, and training focused on learning coffee farming techniques that would produce high- end coffee in a sustainable environment. Finca La Mula is located on the southern slopes of the Baru volcano in the Chiriqui province of Panama, at an elevation of 5,575 to 5,906 feet. The farm consists of 5 hectares of land, four of them planted with roughly 6,000 Geisha varietal coffee trees. Within the Geisha varietal grown on the farm, three strains have been discovered including the Green and Bronze tip, as well as a spontaneous hybrid dwarf varietal. Two full-time employees live on the farm in environmentally friendly housing built by farm owner Boot. The housing materials offer a high level of comfort to the employees and protect against cold and moisture. Cooking is accomplished with an environmentally friendly Oneil oven that requires 80% less wood for burning, protects the employees against smoke inhalation and creates a naturally warm environment. A fifth of an acre of the farm is dedicated to growing beans and vegetables for the father and son living on the land.
La Mula Geisha Coffee
From our friend and producer, Willem Boot: “It was love at first sight; Geisha swept me off my feet on a remarkable day in 2004 and my life hasn’t been the same ever since. Back then, I participated as a cupping judge during a coffee competition in Panama and for the very first time I experienced the flavor profile of this remarkable coffee variety called “Geisha”. The perfume-like aroma of jasmine and roses followed by the lingering taste notes of fresh papaya and tamarind were truly unparalleled. Immediately, I became fascinated by the mesmerizing characteristics of this coffee, which inspired me to purchase 5 hectares of forest on the slopes of the Baru Volcano. In 2006 we started planting our Geisha trees which are surrounded by a beautiful, lush sub-tropical rainforest. Coffee from the second production year (2014) competed in the prestigious Best of Panama competition and we won first place!”