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Cascara Coffee Tea by Bean Box
Cascara Coffee Tea by Bean Box
Cascara Coffee Tea by Bean Box
Cascara Coffee Tea by Bean Box
Cascara Coffee Tea by Bean Box
Cascara Coffee Tea by Bean Box
Cascara Coffee Tea by Bean Box
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#513 Cascara Coffee Tea

6 oz coffee cherries
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Costume in a cup! This year, your coffee dressed up as tea… and the tea has never been tastier. When we first tried this gently-caffeinated tea made from the coffee fruit, we were blown away. We made our first batch on a chilly fall day; naturally, the whole office gathered around to smell and taste the sweet, cinnamon-spiced beverage. Given its history as a social beverage, we're not surprised.

Steeped like loose leaf tea, cascara carries light, refreshing flavor of hibiscus and cherry tea. Dried coffee cherry "skins", or "cascara", are a natural byproduct of a coffee harvest. There's a rich history to the hot drink made with them— known as Qishr, or Keshr in Yemen and Buno in Ethiopia—and it's a common, enjoyable beverage within the northeast African/Arabian coffee-growing region. While many regional variants exist, the most well-known preparation is Yemeni: a cozy drink with a spiced melange of ginger, honey, cinnamon, and/or cardamom. Yemeni culture has used this drink within their hospitality ritual for centuries, brewing it for guests and serving it at social or family functions.

Cascara has achieved a degree of quirky popularity within the coffee world of late, and can be found in a variety of incarnations: as a hot tea that's fruity, tart, or floral; prepared as a cold brew or iced tea; or reduced to a thick syrup and added to sodas or cocktails. However you prefer it, it's a fantastic way to feel connected to the coffee harvest as we in the U.S. rarely see or taste it. Reserve a bag of our own limited-edition Cascara coffee tea, and enjoy a cup of coffee as you’ve never had it before: as tea!

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Reviews & Ratings

★★★★★ 6 reviews total

★★★★★ ★★★★★ This is a very unique flavor and a little more involved to brew. I find using a strainer works best. I find myself craving it randomly. I could not drink this consistently, but every once in a while it hits the spot
★★★★★ ★★★★★ This was ok. Kind of like a cherry tea, but overall not very enjoyable. I'll have to add honey and cinnamon as recommended and see if it makes much difference.
★★★★★ ★★★★★ I really wanted to like this since I love tea, but the taste is exactly like the Chinese medicine my mom made me drink as a child, and I am definitely no fan of that :(
★★★★★ ★★★★★ I Love this! I am more of a tea drinker anyway. This tastes like a warm glass of cider, but with caffeine. The individual flavor notes are not really distinguishable, but to me it all comes together for a glass of deliciousness.
★★★★★ ★★★★★ This is like a cherry infused black tea. The cherry tastes like the natural juice available in health stores — not artificial or sweetened by other juices or sugars. I like it hot without adding anything to it. I imagine this would be good iced. I’m glad I bought 2 bags!
★★★★★ ★★★★★ I fell in love with the cascara flavor when Starbucks introduced it to the mainstream coffee drinkers in the form of a latte. Just the right amount of sweet and fruity for those who don't care for excessive sugar. I could drink this tea every day - hint of cherry, just a little sweet. Perfect.