Cascara is Spanish for shell, husk, peel or skin. Before humans roasted coffee beans they were were already creating coffee drinks brewed from the dried cherries. The resulting drink made from steeping the dried coffee cherries is sweet, and akin to a raisin or cranberry tea. In Ethiopia and Yemen the drink is known as Qishr. In Bolivia as Sultana; “the poor man’s coffee".
modcup is fascinated with cascara and eager to see its use increased. We find it bizarre that we buy from fruit farmers who don’t actually sell their fruit! If we can utilize the dried fruit in other cuisines or recipes, the coffee farmers we buy from would have two products to sell, meaning better reinvestment in crops and therefore better coffees.