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TeaCascara, which means “husk,” “peel” or “skin” in Spanish, is the dried skins of coffee cherries. These pulped skins are collected after the seeds (green coffee beans) have been removed from the cherries. The skin is then dried in the sun before they are packaged and shipped off- similar to coffee.
Cascara is found somewhere at the intersection of coffee and tea—although it comes from the coffee plant, the drink doesn’t taste anything like coffee.
Flavour notes Cascara is often described as having a sweet, fruity taste with notes of rose hip, hibiscus, cherry, red current, mango.
To get the best flavor, the tea method is the best choice but it can also be made into syrups where it can be added to sodas or other beverages.
Cascara comes from the genus coffea instead of the Camellia sinensis plant, so it can’t be classified as a true tea.
Caffeine content of cascara came in at 75 mg/L, compared to broad range of about 400-800 mg/L in brewed coffee.
Cascara will be delivered ground to make sure you can enjoy it as soon as you open the bag.
Follow these simple instructions below and you can enjoy a cup.
1. Open the bag of Cascara and weight out 18g of Cascara and place it in a wide mouth cup or container.
2. Bring 250g of water to a boil (93C/205F).
3. Once boiled, pour the hot water into the Cascara and steep for 4 to 5 minutes (water is hot so be careful).
4. Strain the contents and enjoy with a lemon wedge.
5. If you prefer a cold beverage, simply cool the contents to touch and pour over some ice. Garnish with your favorite fruit and enjoy.