LONG DISTANCE PHONE CALLS
The teams embarked on the experimental phase of their relationship. With Slingshot based in Raleigh, NC and Stumptown in Portland, OR, the teams began to mail samples of coffee and cascara to opposite coasts along with formulas, ideas, stories of failures, and little victories. From August to December, the teams at Slingshot and Stumptown experimented with the concept by testing different blend ratios, steep times, levels of sweetness and more — all the while passing back and forth their research and development notes via emails, phone calls, photos and texts. To make sure the pairing was just right, we also experimented with many coffees and varieties of coffee cherries, finally landing on Stumptown’s Rwanda Huye Mountain Cold Brew and Slingshot's cold brewed cascara tea from Aida Batlle’s El Salvador Finca Kilimanjaro — both Direct Trade. As one might expect in a healthy relationship, after all was said and done, we found that the perfect balance of Cold Brew and cascara tea was an even 1:1 ratio.