Cascara tea—also called coffee cherry tea—has become popular in coffee shops around the country. The word "cascara" means husk or skin in Spanish. Cascara tea is an herbal beverage made from the dried husk of the coffee fruit.
Like coffee beans, coffee cherry tea contains caffeine. However, it is reported to contain less caffeine than traditionally brewed coffee. According to one report, even with a longer brew, a cup of hot cascara contains a quarter or less of the caffeine in a cup of black coffee.
Coffee cherry tea contains antioxidants, specifically polyphenols.3 In fact, some manufacturers claim that cascara contains 50% more antioxidants than cranberries, but independent nutritional data for the tea is lacking so it is hard to document the specific amount. 4
Studies suggest that long term consumption of diets rich in plant polyphenols may offer protection against the development of cancers, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, osteoporosis, and neurodegenerative diseases.4
- Pandey KB, Rizvi SI. Plant polyphenols as dietary antioxidants in human health and disease. Oxid Med Cell Longev. 2009;2(5):270–278. doi:10.4161/oxim.2.5.9498
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