Cascara are peels made from coffee cherries husk from which a fruit aromatic infusion is prepared. Carmen Estate cascara has a pleasant fruity sweet and very balanced flavor profile with a full body. The taste of tropical fruit is rounded off by the pleasant sweetness of the honey.
Carmen Estate is located in the Volcan Valley part of the Baru Volcano region of Panama, near Boquete. The valley is considered the most important coffee growing region in Panama due to its elevation, dense vegetation, volcanic soil and diverse micro-climates. The cool, frost-free nights coupled with dry, sunny days create ideal coffee growing conditions. The farm’s coffee is grown at an altitude of 5,900 feet. Carmen Estate produces about 1200 bags of green coffee annually; they grow catuai, caturra, typica and geisha varietals.
It is harvested from December through March and hand picked by the Nobes, the indigenous people of Panama. Their coffee is usually wet (washed) processed and sun or mechanically dried on the farm. While they have become adept at natural processing, their “signature coffees” are still washed traditional varieties. Carlos practices strict agricultural and environmental standards; the farm is more than half forested by native trees, which naturally shade the coffee and it is certified by the Rainforest Alliance.