Qishr is the Arabic word for “skin” or “peel” and is otherwise known as cascara in North America. Although we all know about the coffee bean, some don’t know that the coffee bean is only part of the coffee cherry. Qishr, on the other hand, is a coffee fruit tea made by drying and steeping the forgotten coffee berry husk.
Qishr is a traditional Yemeni beverage that has been enjoyed for hundreds of years. Coffee farmers would brew this by-product and enjoy it throughout the day because of the lower caffeine contents. In fact, this neglected part of the coffee berry is packed with more antioxidants than a cup of green tea and hosts a ton of other super health benefits and can help alleviate the environmental impacts of coffee production.
According to research, typical coffee production produces enormous amounts of waste is because the husk is considered useless and discarded into landfills. The decomposition is considered a contaminate and releases methane, a greenhouse gas whose global warming potential is 80 times that of CO2 when considering its impact over a 20-year timeframe.
Here is where Qishr comes in. Qishrs production is simple. Husks simply need to be dried and can then be sold to consumers instead of the husks going into landfills. In Baba Seed’s case, we work directly with Yemeni farmers to purchase husks and then prepare our recipe by brewing husks with spices like ginger, cinnamon, and a little bit of sugar. Traditional qishr is boiled and steeped like tea and can be enjoyed in minutes - hot or cold!
QIshr is high in polyphenols which are proven to have anti-ageing qualities because of the antioxidant content. Qishr has higher levels of antioxidants and vitamin C than blueberries, green tea, pomegranate, and strawberries!
Low In Caffeine
QIshr contains ¼ of the caffeine of a cup of black coffee. With 111,4mg/l of caffeine, it gives you a boost of energy with less likelihood of a caffeine crash that coffee is prone to.
Support Brain Health
Qishr or cascara has been proven to boost Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) which supports brain health, memory, and focus.
Qishr is made using all-natural ingredients. It has a naturally sweet and floral taste as it’s a dried fruit so we don’t need to include much or any additives to make it taste great!
Baba Seed Coffee’s Qishr Sparkling Iced Tea is light, floral, and spiced that’s ideal to wake up to, great as a mid-day pick-me-up, or used as a pre-workout drink. Try the drink that’s helping alleviate the environmental impact of coffee production and making waves in the coffee industry!