Treat Yourself With Our Delicious Cascara coffee cherry tea
Technically, cascara would be considered the by-product of coffee processing and is made from dried skins of coffee cherries. Cascara is a Spanish word and translates to “husk” or “peel”. Normally, to derive the usual popular coffee beans, the coffee cherry is pulped, and the seeds are removed. Those seeds are then roasted and grounded to make one of the most loved beverages in the world. The cherry fruit, however, is discarded and left to the mercy of bacteria for fertilizing. But the recent discovery of this hibiscus-like smelling coffee cherry has made a permanent place on many chalkboards across the country.
In Ethiopia, the birthplace of coffee, the utilization of coffee cherry husks isn’t a new concept, they have been brewing similar drinks for a long time, and the use of coffee cherries is actually a rediscovery of an age-old tradition.
The tea market is getting plagued by cascara fever as cascara coffee tea has been gaining steady popularity over the last couple of years. Food enthusiasts from all over the world have reported hints of cherry, and hibiscus and some even claim to have tasted mango in it.
How is Cascara coffee cherry tea made?
Cascara comes from coffee plants, which are harvested when the fruits are bright red and ripe. The fruits are then washed, dried, and processed, passing through a pulper to separate the beans. The beans are dried and roasted to make coffee, while the skin is dried to make Cascara.
Cascara resides in a kind of middle ground between tea and coffee. Although it is a tea, it is not made from the leaves of the plant like a traditional lemon ginger kombucha tea, but rather from the dried fruits of the coffee plant.
How to make cascara coffee tea?
While tea and coffee enthusiasts like to play around with the ingredients and experiment with the quantities. But usually, for a hot brew you would need:
2 heaped tablespoons of the cascara cherry husks or peelings and a mug of boiling water. Steep the husk into the water for 3-5 minutes and strain the mixture. Empty the contents into your favorite mug and enjoy. You can also add sugar or a slice of lemon to make it to your liking
For a cold brew, you should double the amount of cascara husk that is, 4 tablespoons of cascara, into a mug of cold water. Leave it overnight and strain it. Add some ice cubes to it and serve it cold. You can also add mint leaves, lemon slices, or your favorite juice recipe to mix and match.
Either hot or cold, this coffee cherry tea is bound to fetch you some compliments. We recommend skipping milk altogether while preparing the cascara coffee cherry tea.
Does Cascara have a lot of caffeine?
You would be forgiven for thinking that cascara must be high in caffeine if it’s made from the cherries of the coffee plant. But the reality will surprise you! Cascara coffee cherry tea has only modest amounts of caffeine and is also affected by the amount of water and the brew time. Nevertheless, it still has lower levels of caffeine as compared to coffee which has approximately four times more caffeine than cascara tea. Moreover, cascara has a high level of antioxidants.
So, what are you waiting for? Buy cascara tea and taste something new. We also offer loose leaf tea in uk. Our teas are fair trade and certified organic, so you can feel good after drinking them every day.