Sooner or later, even a noble coffee lover becomes a little tired of the beverages made from roasted grains. They want to vary the casual menu with something less saturated and having a milder flavor. In such a case they can drink cascara, which is made from dried fruit shell and flesh from coffee cherries. The name seems to be quite exotic, though in Spanish it simply means “shell”.
Coffee cherry waste is mainly used as fertilizer. But when properly dried, you can get a refreshing drink with berry and fruit notes, which reminds a little rose hip tea. Cascara is easy to find in coffee shops and specialized stores. It can be brewed both in hot and cold water.
To make hot cascara, put 3 tablespoons of cascara in the French press or thermos flask, pour 300 ml of hot water and let it draw for 4 minutes. To make cold cascara, put 6 tablespoons of cascara, pour 350 ml of water and leave it in the fridge for 16 hours.
You should serve cascara in a Burgundy wine glass, which permits to diffuse its flavor and aroma better. The spicy herbs such as cumin, grated ginger, cardamom or cinnamon will come in handy. In a word, create and enjoy your creative products.