What inspires a custom brew of tea? Where does the process begin?
We work with what they call a Tea Master. Similar to a wine tasting, tea masters engage in the cupping process with various blends of ingredients to sample. The process is much like a winery owner sitting down with the winemaker. Drinking gourmet tea is an adventure in flavors and we get to pick our ingredients from all over the world, not just where we grow them!
Cascara was on the radar of our tea master, and so we began blending Cascara with lots of other ingredients. Cascara is very much up and coming and we’re one of the first ones to use Cascara in our specialty blend teas. Our low caffeine Cascara Rose herbal tea contains Cascara Coffee Cherry, Cocoa Husks, Rose Petals, Natural Chocolate Flavor, and Natural Rose Flavor.
Every tea is much like a wine. You can pair it with food, or you can pair it with a mood, an expression, or the weather. Cascara Rose is a little more subtle and softer around the edges than our orange-spiced Cocoa Cascara blend. For me, every blend has to have its own uniqueness that draws you to a place, or a feeling, or a time… and Cascara Rose has that.
As a delicious winter beverage, Cascara Rose brings a light coffee flavor to the floral essence of the rose tea. It’s a very rich and powerful blend that has a truly romantic feeling to it. Delicately balanced with the cocoa flavor, its like sitting down with a box of chocolates while looking at a bouquet of flowers!
An important part of our story — “Leave It Better Than You Found It” — has inspired us to be bold and creative with our Cascara Rose tea blend. We continue to prioritize a reduction in our environmental footprint as opportunities arise, and repurposing the husks of coffee cherries and cocoa beans into our Cascara Rose blend is another step toward this mission.
Cascara, which means “husk,” or “skin” in Spanish, is the dried skins of coffee cherries. Generally these shells of the coffee cherries are considered a by-product of the coffee-making process, and are either discarded as waste, or sometimes used as compost. The same is true of the Cacao shells used in the chocolate making process — once the bean inside the cacao fruit has been harvested, the shells are discarded as waste.
What we’ve discovered is that Cocoa Husks are rich in fiber, antioxidants, and contain a naturally occurring stimulant called theobromine. Also found in tea leaves, this gentle “pick-me-up” leaves you uplifted without experiencing the harsh crash we can sometimes feel from caffeine. The Cocoa Husks are also a good source of Iron, Calcium, and Vitamin A, it also contains Vitamins E and C, which are some of the best vitamins to promote healthy skin, especially when taken together.
We’ve chosen the Walrus to be our inspiration for the artwork of this new Cascara Rose blend. The walrus is deeply devoted to family with a strong sense of love and loyalty. Did you know that Walrus mothers cuddle calves in the same manner as human mothers? Wrapping you up in family and love, the super sweet walrus character on our Cascara Rose tin is endearing, cuddly, and lovable -- just like our tea! Steep this comforting blend of rose, cascara, and cocoa when relaxing with those dear to you.