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Coffee grows on trees.  When it is ripe and ready for picking, they look like cherries. When green they are unripe, when red they are ripe.

To get to the coffee beans we need to remove the outer layer of fruit from the cherry.

This fruit is also know as the pulp or cascara.

Previously thrown away or used as compost,¬†cascara is beginning to appear in speciality coffee shop as a dried fruit to be used as a herbal tea.¬† We can refer to it as ‘coffee tea’.

It tastes nothing like coffee, but it does contain caffeine.  The dried fruit typically smells of raisins.

As a hot brew, we steep the cascara in hot water, this softens the fruit and it will swell and soak up a high volume of water often doubling in size.

A typical cascara may be lightly acidic with lots of body leading to a very pleasing, refreshing,¬†winter warming drink that is quite unusual and favoured by many over many ‘traditional’ herbal teas.

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