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's put them to use!

There are millions of tons of coffee cherries waiting to be turned into Lazy Bear Tea. Let's 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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