What is Cascara?
When visiting Buddy Brew Coffee’s Tampa locations, you may have noticed cascara on our menu. Cascara is a Spanish word that means “skin of the fruit.” While Cascara is a relatively new idea in the U.S., coffee farmers have made this tea-like coffee beverage for many years. At harvest, when the coffee bean is extracted from the coffee cherry, normally the pulpy remains are discarded or put back into the soil to enrich it. But farmers discovered that when the coffee cherry is dried and brewed, it has a delicious fruity quality like an herbal tea.
Cascara is light and aromatic, with hints of hibiscus, fresh apple and orange zest. It’s a lovely low-caffeine beverage to drink hot, but also can be served iced. On our popular Sparklers iced beverages menu, for example, “The Bees Teas” is a refreshing icy drink incorporating cascara, honey, lemonade and sparkling water. Cascara also can be used in other ways, such as in syrups or even beer.
Cascara is an example of innovation and sustainability in the specialty coffee industry. Recent efforts in the U.S. to “upcycle” the coffee cherry into a flavorful tea are catching on. It’s a good thing, because it’s delicious. Cascara is unique and satisfying, and the perfect drink for coffee and tea lovers alike.