There’s More to Coffee Than Just Beans!

Ted Hsieh was on vacation in Kona, Hawaii on a coffee plantation tasting tour when he discovered the delicious tart, fruity taste and benefits of the coffee fruit.

He soon learned that that these coffee cherries contained enough caffeine, electrolytes, and antioxidants to dwarf the other healthy beverages on the market.

Ted was hooked and Kasira Tea was born! 

Kasira Tea contains more antioxidants than even superfruits like acai berries! With seven times more antioxidants than green tea and half the caffeine of coffee, coffee fruit contains electrolytes, such as potassium and magnesium that work together to help the body stay hydrated.

Cascara means husk or peel in Spanish and coffee cherry tea is made from the cascara of the coffee fruit. Cascara is made up of the dried skins of the coffee cherries that are collected after the seeds (coffee beans) have been removed.

These pulped skins are dried in the sun and packaged in bags, not unlike tea bags with bits of cherries slightly bigger than tea leaves looking somewhat like dried raisins or nutshells.

Coffee or tea? Normally coffee cherries are considered a by-product of the coffee-making process and are either discarded as waste or used as compost. Now these cherries are being reused in a creative and ecological way to produce a unique beverage.

One aspect of this process is that harvesting and using these coffee cherries not only allows for the coffee plant to be used in a creative way, but it is also eco-friendly. Because of the advent of this exciting new beverage, these cherries are being reused to produce a unique drink of their own.

Ted and his partners at Kasira Tea are proud of the social, economic and environmental impact that comes from harvesting and utilizing the coffee fruit. They soon realized that this forgotten super fruit could benefit the lives of millions of health conscious consumers in a positive way.

Ted Hsieh said, “Instead of wasting the coffee fruit during the depulping process of production, the coffee farmers we partner with are able to earn more on top of their traditional income from green coffee exports. In return, we’re able to provide consumers with a natural, healthier alternative to the caffeinated energy drinks of today.”

“We source the highest quality coffee cherries for our single-origin coffee fruit teas. Every harvest season means more flavors from award-winning coffee farmers around the world. This is all the good, without the bad. This is fruit tea for the rest of us.”

Marie Oser is a best-selling author, writer/producer and host of VegTV. Her latest book is The Skinny on Soy.  Follow Marie on Facebook and Twitter