Early Morning Study Aid: Aida’s Cascara Tea Available Now!
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Just about a year ago, in the heady early days of Sprudge.com, our very best puns and yuks were more often than not fueled by Aida Batlle’s delicious, refreshing, rocket-charged Cascara tea. We’ve missed it over the past few months, but are quite excited to announce new availability of Cascara via Sweet Maria’s online. With just the right amount of honey, over ice, in a hot cafe, there is honestly nothing else quite like it…
Cascara is the skin of the coffee cherry. When you wet-process coffee, the skin is difficult to save, and usually becomes part of the compost mix for the farm. But in Arabia and Africa, the skin of the cherry is used to make a very potent tea called Qishr (also spelled Kisher). In fact, making a tea from the dried coffee fruit pre-dates roasting the coffee seed to crush and steep in water, coffee as we know it.
If you like fruit-blend herbal teas, especially those with fruited flavors like hibiscus, rose-hips, tamarind, orange peel, mango, apple, you should like Cascara tea a lot. It makes amazing iced tea as well, and with a very moderate amount of honey can be very pleasant.
Possibilities for the use of Cascara tea seem endless; cooking, sauces, baking, beer brewing. It’s a tea. But it’s coffee. It’s unique.