Welcome to Lazy Bear Tea <3

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.

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. The remaining fruit is in the best of cases used as a fertilizer, but it is more typically wasted and 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.

So why should you try cascara? Here are a few reasons:

  • Delicious—packed with the tantalizing 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—delightful even unsweetened, a cascara infusion is extremely low in calories and sugar while packing more antioxidants than green tea (twice, in fact). We will share more about what is currently known about the coffee fruit's brain-boosting properties in future posts, but let's just say you could call cascara tea a “supertea”. 
  • Planet-loving—because cascara comes from the upcycled (otherwise wasted) coffee fruit, you are helping us 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!

Simply put, these teas a filled with nature’s goodness and once we tried them we could not keep it to ourselves. We hope you will join us on our journey to source and share cascara, the coffee plant's lesser-know superstar.

If you ever have any questions or ideas, don't hesitate to reach me at daniela@lazybeartea.com!

Salud! Cheers!