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!
||★★★★★||★★★★★ 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.|