Our Cascara Tea was harvested from India crops. 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.
Ratnagiri – translated in English to Pearl Mountain – was planted in 1920 by Shivappaiy Patre and has been passed down to the now 3rd generation of Estate owners in the Patre family. Situated between 12000 and 1500 meters in the mountain range of Western Ghat, this plantation – also home to pepper vines and cardamom groves – is know for its heavy and consistent rainfall.
Pearl Mountain Estate places heavy emphasis on quality, where the coffee is grown under shade trees, and picked cherries are sorted, fermented. The coffee is grown under shade trees midst pepper vines and cardamom groves. The carefully picked cherries are sorted prior to pulping, fermented between 42 and 72 hours, and hand-washed in water from the mountain streams.