Honduras Cascara Dried Skins of Coffee Cherries
These pulped skins are collected after the coffee beans have been removed from the cherries. They are then dried in the sun.
The neat part about the whole process is that not only does it allow the whole coffee plant to be used in a creative way, but its also Eco-friendly.
Normally considered a by-product, now these cherries are being reused to produce a unique drink of their own for coffee or tea.
Cup characteristics: Cascara is often described as having a sweet, fruity taste with notes of rose hip, hibiscus, cherry, red current, mango, and even a slight taste of tobacco.
Recommended brew method: Brewing guidelines are not standardized, but 20 grams per liter of water, or approximately 5 grams per cup (8 oz) is suggested. When the coffee cherry tea is ground and classified to loose tea industry standard size, one teaspoon per 6 ounces of water, steeped for 5 minutes are the standard brewing instructions. Proper brewing yields a dark red tea; brew time guidelines range from 4 minutes to 7 or 8 minutes.