A superfood King, sun-dried coffee cherries (cascara) have 8x the antioxidants of blueberries, and more health-giving properties than acai and pomegranate. They also make a delicious tea (hot or iced), fabulous latte, and many versatile and exotic drinks.
Coffee cherries are the fruit of the coffee plant, which hold the coffee "bean" inside. For some inexplicable reason, coffee farmers have never provided this "cascara" to the USA until recently, although the coffee cherry fruit has been enjoyed worldwide for centuries. With notes of cherry, brown sugar, hibiscus, honey and tamarind, it's easy to enjoy coffee cherries as a simple tea brewed with hot water, or dressed up to make an Ethiopian Hashara spiced tea, or as an espresso latte, or even a sparkling soda or cocktail.
We include recipes and simple instructions to help you explore this new incredibly healthy way to enjoy coffee. Each 112 gram (4 ounces) package makes up to 20 8-ounce servings.
We have just received our first shipment, so we are making it available at a "try me" price, and need to limit sales to 8 packages per order at this time, please. We will soon make it available in high quantities.
Cascara, meaning “husk” in Spanish, refers to dried coffee cherries. Traditionally, when coffee beans are separated from their cherries, the fruit is discarded or composted. In recent years, however, the Cascara has been increasingly set aside and processed as dried fruit to be used in a number of applications. Most notably, the dried fruits are used to create a tea-like infusion, or a "tisane", that has properties of both tea and coffee, but isn’t entirely reminiscent of either.
A serving of brewed coffee cherry tea has about 1/4 the caffeine of coffee, although of course you can increase or decrease this by using more or less cherry per serving. Brew time does not affect caffeine content.
Our favorite way to enjoy this so far is as a Coffee Cascara Latte, in which you brew cascara and coffee 1:2 ratio and add milk and sweetener.... mmmm.
More about the health benefits of the coffee cherry
The antioxidant benefits of coffee fruit and its brew aren't from huge amounts of vitamins, but rather from potent polyphenols that offer strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. As noted above, a serving of coffee cherry tea has several times as much antioxidant power as blueberries and many other famous superfruits.
Fitness enthusiasts, take note: next time you work out, skip the vitamin water and reach for coffee cherry tea! Artificial supplements of antioxidants (such as vitamin C) have been shown to be ineffective at helping your body cope with stress and recover quickly, so your body will benefit far more from natural polyphenols from real fruit.
In addition to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, coffee cherries may offer significant benefits to the brain. A pilot study on coffee cherry extract indicates the extract may boost the brain's supply of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which protects the brain against mental illnesses, including depression and aging-related illnesses such as dementia, by an average of 143% over baseline. This is a new area of research, but results so strong are exciting--BDNF is essentially what keeps a brain "young" and the medical community is actively researching ways to fight aging and illness by boosting the aging brain's supply of this vital protein.
Dried coffee cherries, per serving, is also extremely nutrient-rich. It has three times more iron than spinach and twice the potassium of a banana. Potassium is extremely water-soluble, which makes your coffee cherry tea a delicious and calorie-free way to give your body a vital nutrient.
Of course, we aren't doctors and we don't make health claims. All we can do is share research with you. But dang, coffee fruit is looking good to us right now!
Below are the available bulk discount rates for each individual item when you purchase a certain amount
- Buy 2 or above and get $1.00 off
Valuable info about health effects in the supporting documentation: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/british-journal-of-nutrition/article/div-classtitlemodulatory-effect-of-coffee-fruit-extract-on-plasma-levels-of-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-in-healthy-subjectsdiv/8B291E8D053143AA5A8D33B65496B034/core-reader
Nevertheless, the present work suggests that procyanidins may have the ability to increase plasma BDNF levels and, perhaps, to a larger extent than caffeine itself. This is particularly interesting considering that recent research show that procyanidin oligomers play a role in neuroprotection from excitotoxic injury(50).
Posted by Gilbert on Mar 17th 2017
Delicious and good for you
I've been adding this coffee fruit to teas when brewing. It adds a wonderful light flavor in addition to nutrition. I really like it!
Posted by Sarah A. on Mar 9th 2017
great use of little used food
the coffee cherry fruit is great . i am using it as tea and grinding it with the wonderful coffees i get from Heirloom. it adds nutrition,, and an extra boost of flavor that enhances GREAT coffee
Posted by ellie on Mar 6th 2017
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