Cascara is the latest hot beverage drink to hit the market offering consumers a coffee tea hybrid with properties of both beverages. The drink is made using the unused leftover skin of coffee offering a tea-like taste with the caffeine benefits of java. The process of reusing the coffee bean skin also offers an environmentally friendly way to upcycle the leftover residue.
Coffee beans are a fruit-based plant and the peel of the bean is just as much of a useable product as the bean itself. The Cascara drink is made by steeping the skin and releasing an herbal liquid that has the taste of tea made from a coffee product. The liquid can be enjoyed either hot or cold and it offers a marketable use for a product that is otherwise thrown away.