Cascara Tea Sets - Cascara, Cascara Chai, Holiday Chai, Two C's Tea - Cascara + Wild Maine Chaga
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).
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 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.
Cascara Chai - Spiced Coffee Fruit Tea: This flavorful tea is our take on a traditional tea that has been consumed for centuries in Yemen. Consisting of a special blend of spices including cardamom, cloves, ginger, and two types of cinnamon mixed with cascara this bold tea is delicious both as a hot beverage on a cold day and as a refreshing iced tea.
Holiday Chai - For the holidays we have tweaked our Cascara Chai recipe. We've added nutmeg and adjusted the ratios of the other spices to create a good 'ole fashioned cup of holiday cheer. At least, that's what it tastes like to us. This tea is, in our humble opinion, best served hot on a cold winters night. Preferably while surrounded by friends and family.
Two C's Tea - Cascara and Wild Maine Chaga: Chaga is a mushroom that grows on birch trees in the northern latitudes. It has long been prized for its medicinal properties. Here in Maine, it is often harvested, dried and simply placed on the wood stove in a large pan and left to steep for hours or days before being consumed either hot or cold. We, however, like our chaga with a bit more flavor so we've ground it and blended it with our cascara and various spices to produce a delicious and healthy beverage.