Not your average cup of tea or coffee!
Herbal, black, milked, multiple-blended, cold-brews, infusions- the variety of teas and coffees to choose from only seem to widen as time passes. What if I told you there was a new addition to this family, except that this new drink isn’t either tea or coffee. Cascara is a cherry-looking ruby-red husk that’s a remnant of the coffee fruit that produces an earthly cherry-like flavour when consumed. The remnant is just generally discarded as waste, but when sun-dried and brewed it tastes like herbal tea. This earthly-tasting drink finds its roots in Ethiopia, Bolivia, and Yemen and is now slowly finding its market in India. Cascara retains the health benefits of coffee, acting as an antioxidant and helps prevent liver cancer and offers other health benefits also. It can most definitely impart the energy that one requires to get through a long day, in a way mimicking the ability of coffee despite being brewed like tea. Another alluring property of Cascara is its versatility, it can be brewed and stored in a cold place to serve as a base for iced-tea, cold-coffee, cider, and beer. Consuming Cascara can also be seen as a farmer-friendly activity considering the fact that it makes use of the remnants of the coffee-fruit which otherwise is only seen as a waste product. This niche-drink has already conquered the taste-buds of coffee-enthusiasts is soon expected to make a wave in coffee shops and gourmet markets of India.