Cascara Tea and Cascara Sagrada: What's the Difference?

We mostly get lots of excitement when we introduce our product. Every now and then we get some shocked faces from buyers, especially in natural foods stores, when we tell them we are selling cascara tea. "Cascara, as in the very powerful laxative?"

Definitely not!! 

You see, there is a BIG difference between cascara tea brewed from the coffee fruit, and cascara sagrada,  or Rhamnus purshiana, a species of buckthorn native to western North America that is commonly used as a laxative and to treat microbial infections. Our teas DO NOT contain cascara sagrada. Rather, they are brewed from dried coffee fruit, called "cascara" in recent years to differentiate it from the coffee beans that grow inside the fruit and ultimately make their way to the roaster and then your cup of coffee. 

So, rest assured. Lazy Bear Tea is brewed from dried coffee fruit, known as cascara but completely unrelated to cascara sagrada. It is energizing, high in antioxidants, and fully flavored with notes of stone fruit, green apple, and an earthy black tea without bitterness. 

Drink up, no laxative effects to worry about!

 Coffee plant, left, produces bright red cherry. After harvesting the beans from within the fruit, they can be dried and then referred to as "cascara" for Spanish word for husk. Cascara sagrada, right, is in the buckthorn family and its bark is used as a laxative. They may sound similar, but they are not at all the same :)

Coffee plant, left, produces bright red cherry. After harvesting the beans from within the fruit, they can be dried and then referred to as "cascara" for Spanish word for husk. Cascara sagrada, right, is in the buckthorn family and its bark is used as a laxative. They may sound similar, but they are not at all the same :)