Cascara - Coffee Fruit Tea: This is exactly what it sounds like, just the dehydrated coffee fruit with no additives of any kind. This tea makes a wonderfully complex cup of tea with notes of cranberries, sweet hibiscus, strawberry, honey, and lemongrass along with a distinctly bright, pleasant acidity and almost simple syrup like texture. The second steeping is more reminiscent of an herbal tea with more delicate flavors of dry raspberry, cinnamon, lemongrass and a hint of ginger.
Palate: strawberry, cranberries, honey
Finish: citrus, sweet hibiscus
Cascara is Spanish for 'husk' or 'peel' and is used to describe dehydrated coffee fruit. It is higher in antioxidants than cranberries and is delicious to boot! This remarkable fruit has been consumed as a tea for thousands of years. In fact, it was enjoyed long before people learned to roast the beans inside in order to make coffee as we know it today.
With its history and health benefits, not to mention the fact that each serving can be steeped twice, we couldn't resist making a line of teas with it. Each tea has every ingredient carefully weighed, ground and mixed by hand to ensure the best possible flavor. We then carefully package each tea in a sealed bag which is then placed in a tube along with a half dozen empty tea bags (just in case you don't have a tea infuser handy).