What can cascara do for you?

Cascara health benefits

 

Why drinking a Lazy Bear tea is actually pretty good for you!

Many of us start off the year full of good intentions: eat healthier, do more exercise and take a bit more time out to check in with ourselves. But as soon as schedules fill up, old habits start to creep back in and our good intentions remain just that…intentions.

One area where this becomes particularly true is sugar. Many of us have yearned to consume less of it, only to find that so much of the food we eat is loaded with added and hidden sugars well surpassing what we may consider healthy. There is so much convincing evidence showing the negative effects of high-sugar diets, yet it remains remarkably difficult to stay in control of how much sugar we are consuming. That’s why we’re so excited to have created a delicious range of cascara teas that are actually good for you, and because we use the delicious coffee fruit as our base, we do not need to add much, if any, sugar to our beverages. They are low calorie, low sugar superteas, pure and simple.

And it's not just the low sugar we can brag about...

What are the other health benefits of cascara / coffee fruit?

Not only do our teas taste great but they’re also:

  • Packed full of antioxidants (twice as many as a green tea!)

  • Rich in potassium (more than a banana!)

  • Enough naturally energizing caffeine to give your day a boost but not so much to interfere with your day (or other caffeinated drinks :)

But that’s not all. Studies have shown that due to the high concentration of polyphenols in the coffee fruit, it can be classed as a superfood. As if this anti-inflammatory, powerfully antioxidant ingredient wasn’t enough, extensive research conducted by Future Ceuticals for over a decade has revealed that cascara contains an essential protein that helps to maintain healthy brain processes, including cognition, mood and sleep.

We like to think of Lazy Bear tea as a beverage without compromise: a refreshing iced tea packed with nutrition, none of the artificial or unnecessary sweeteners, and a social and environmental mission to guide its production. 

Why not give one of our Lazy Bear tea’s a try? Click here to find out where we are stocked.

Want to know more about Cascara? Catch up with our Cascara 101 roundup.

Cascara 101

What is cascara, anyway?

This is by far the most common question we get. After all, Lazy Bear Teas are cascara teas, and unless you already know that coffee beans grow inside a fruit, it may be a bit hard to figure out what we’re talking about. So let’s get the record straight and go into some detail here so you can be a cascara expert in no time.

What does it mean? 

The easiest way to explain cascara is a simple translation. In Spanish, the word cascara means skin or husk. In this case, cascara refers to the husk of the coffee fruit. And that’s because unbeknownst to many, the coffee beans we know and love grow inside a small coffee fruit- or coffee cherry—and once the coffee bean is harvested from within the fruit, there is a lot of goodness left behind in that husk. In reality it is much more than a husk. What remains is the coffee fruit itself, a fruit full of flavor, sweetness, and amazing nutrition.

What does it look like? 

A picture is worth a thousand words, and I’m sure you don’t want to read a thousand words:

The dried coffee fruit ready for brewing! Once the coffee beans we know and love are removed, the leftover fruit is full of a unique sweetness and unparalled nutrition. 

The dried coffee fruit ready for brewing! Once the coffee beans we know and love are removed, the leftover fruit is full of a unique sweetness and unparalled nutrition. 

How is it produced? 

Production is a bit of an exaggeration here. It’s a simple process primarily driven by nature. Normally, the coffee fruit is a wasted byproduct of coffee production. After the coffee beans are harvested from within, the coffee fruit benefits from a bit of time and patience laying out in the sun. The fruit is dried for several weeks and stored until it is ready for brewing. Pretty easy, right? The secret is using high quality fruit that has been grown and dried by knowledgeable farmers to ensure the most wonderful flavors of the coffee fruit shine through. We have chosen our cascara for its characteristic sweetness and just enough earthinesses to keep your taste buds entertained, and ultimately grateful!

Why should I drink it?

If for no other reason you should drink cascara because it is outright tasty. We promise it’s a beverage unlike anything you’ve tried before. It’s not coffee, and it’s not technically a tea either because we don’t use tea leaves, so it’s an infusion of the coffee fruit. This makes it slightly sweet even for our unsweetened flavors. Our teas are full of health: low calorie (30-45 calories/bottle) and low sugar (7-11 grams/bottle), and packed with antioxidants (twice as many as green tea) and potassium (more than a banana!).

There are millions of tons of coffee cherries waiting to be turned into Lazy Bear Tea. Let put them to use!

There are millions of tons of coffee cherries waiting to be turned into Lazy Bear Tea. Let put them to use!

And you should drink it because it's a product you can feel good about. Using this amazing fruit to brew cascara tea diverts waste from farms, and generates additional income for coffee farmers.

It all comes back to the three premises Lazy Bear was founded upon: we should enjoy the things we eat and drink (they should be delicious!), those things should nourish us (they should be good for us!), and they should be responsibly sourced and produced (good for the planet!).

And if you don’t want to take our words for it, read why NPR, The New York Times, and The Washington Post all think cascara is pretty cool, and may just become the next “It” beverage.

We certainly agree. 

 

Salud!

 

Daniela

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Welcome to Lazy Bear Tea!

Hello!

Welcome to Lazy Bear Tea, the only website in the world dedicated to cascara tea AND sloths (we’re pretty sure this is true)!

Thank you for joining us on our journey to bring you what we believe are some of the most incredible and fun beverages out there, and trust me, I don’t take the term “incredible beverages” lightly.  

I am a serious lover of both tea and coffee. I go out of my way to find the best coffee shops in new cities, and always have too many coffee and tea gadgets for the small urban kitchens I’ve inhabited over the last few years. I like to think that it runs in my blood. I was born in Colombia to a coffee-growing family in the eje cafetero, a beautiful and lush coffee region. Coffee—growing it, selling it, drinking it—has always been part of my life. Little did I know I would get to work with its bright, underrated fruit: Cascara.

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Cascara is the dried fruit of the coffee plant, or a coffee cherry. Traditionally, the coffee bean is separated from the fruit and is then dried, roasted, and eventually brewed into the coffee we know and love. This remaining fruit is typically wasted, left to rot in fields and pollute waterways either from runoff or direct dumping of waste in the closest rivers. And this is a true shame because the coffee cherry is packed with flavor and health, which brings me back to my bold claim: we are brewing incredible beverages for you from this fruit.

So why exactly are Lazy Bear Teas so incredible? You have to try them for yourself, but let’s just name a few reasons. Lazy Bear teas are:

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  • Delicious—packed with the amazing flavor of the coffee fruit. Words won’t do it justice, but we hear people taste everything from peaches and plums to pu’erh tea and honey.
  • Healthy—either unsweetened or very lightly sweetened with organic agave syrup, our teas are all super low in calories and sugar while packing more antioxidants than green tea. You could call cascara tea a “supertea” or “superfood” but we’re a little tired of buzzwords for wholesome, healthy food. Simply put, these teas a filled with nature’s goodness, not added sugars.
  • Planet-loving—because our teas are brewed from the upcycled (otherwise wasted) coffee fruit, they divert waste from coffee farms and nearby waterways. This also means we are helping to create additional sources of income for coffee farmers. We’re excited to do good with something that tastes so good.
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We invite you to try our teas next time you see them around town. We're growing our family of retail partners over the next few weeks, so check our "where to find us" page frequently for updates.

Don't see your favorite store/cafe on there? Drop us a line and we'll be sure to follow up!

Salud! Cheers!

Daniela <3

Welcome Lazy Bears!

Hi everyone! We're incredibly excited to be embarking on this journey with all of you. Check out our blog in the months ahead for all sorts of fun facts, intrigues and stories about our favorite topics, from sloths to coffee cherries to rescuing forgotten food. Salud!

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