More than just a residue
What is the cascara ?
"Cascara is the Spanish word for coffee cherry pulp. It can also be found under the name of coffee berry.
We may forget that coffee beans are actually the pits of the coffee cherry which, once extracted, are dried and then roasted to the delight of caffeine lovers. The pulp, on the other hand, is essentially only used as natural compost. This is a great pity, given its virtues and advantages, both for small producers and for consumers.
What are the benefits of cascara?
Ennio Cantergiani, food engineer tells us all about
cascara, rich in antioxidants
Antioxidants naturally present in Cascara include vitamin C, zinc and polyphenols; antioxidants contribute to the normal functioning of the immune system and help protect cells from oxidative stress.
The benefits of natural antioxidants are well documented, including reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, preventing the degeneration of cells that lead to cancer, and delaying aging.
They are natural nootropics which are cognitive enhancers, i.e. they promote the connection between neuronal cells. And that's good, because cascara is remarkably rich in antioxidants: for example, 100g of cascara contains 440mg of vitamin C, 2.9mg of zinc and 1590mg of polyphenols.
The fruit with multiple virtues
Cascara is a product naturally rich in antioxidants.
In addition to antioxidants, cascara is rich in potassium, fibre and iron.
It provides a small energy boost thanks to the naturally present caffeine.
When brewed, it produces a drink that tastes so good that no sugar is added.
The legend of Kaldi
Legend has it that coffee, as we know it, was discovered by an Ethiopian shepherd (Kaldi) who was surprised by the excitement of his goats lying under a coffee tree at nightfall. He used the coffee berries to make an infusion. Not finding the drink to his liking, the shepherd threw the berries into the fire and a pleasant smell was released. This is how the roasting of coffee came about.
A magnificent legend, which shows that, just like coffee roasting, cascara infusion is, and remains, a delicate art, so that the result in terms of taste and aroma is as delicious as possible.
This tradition of infusions already exists in some countries, where farmers recognise its healthy and useful virtues. Notably in Yemen with Qishr, in Ethiopia with Hashara, or in Bolivia under the traditional name of Sultana.
Would you rather have an infusion or a soft drink?
Discover our Ice cascara
Available as a fresh infusion or as a carbonated drink, find the Ice Cascara that suits you. Original flavour infusion, mint or ginger as well as Cola and Soda!
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