FoodCascara: The healthy coffee alternative you need to try

Cascara: The healthy coffee alternative you need to try

Cascara is dried coffee cherry skins.
Cascara is dried coffee cherry skins.
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10:32 AM EDT, July 8, 2024

Cascara is a beverage with much in common with coffee, but it is not coffee. It's not tea either, although it might resemble it a bit. So, what exactly is cascara, and what health benefits can it offer?

Think of cascara as something between coffee and tea. Although this simplifies, it captures this drink's essence well. Cascara is made from dried coffee cherry husks, which until recently were considered waste. It is often referred to as "coffee tea," but most importantly, it is a drink that can positively affect your health.

What is cascara?

Dried coffee cherry husks are produced during the coffee processing stage on plantations. They were once treated as worthless waste. However, the cascara beverage is an excellent alternative to traditional coffee. It has been known and consumed for centuries in Ethiopia, Bolivia, and Yemen. Generally, this drink is popular in most countries where coffee is grown.

The taste of cascara infusion is unique. It resembles a fruity brew, although the flavor depends on the coffee variety. Its acidity gives way to sweetness, with detectable notes of dried fruits and honey. Preparing the infusion is simple: pour hot water over the dried husks and steep for 5-8 minutes. The drink can also be consumed cold.

Why should you drink cascara?

Cascara is rich in antioxidants, gently stimulates and energizes, and improves liver and digestive system function. The ingredients in the infusion positively affect the mucous membranes of the digestive tract and support the secretion of digestive juices. Cascara also helps regulate bowel movements, detoxifies the body, and soothes inflammation in the intestines.

Cascara is a drink made from husks
Cascara is a drink made from husks© Adobe Stock

Drinking cascara is also beneficial for weight loss. It improves the functioning of the digestive system, speeds up metabolism, and helps cleanse the intestines of residue. However, excessive consumption can lead to side effects similar to those caused by too much caffeine. These may include headaches, hand tremors, a slight increase in blood pressure, trouble sleeping, and overstimulation.

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