Cascara means “husk”, “husk” or “skin” in Spanish, is the dried skin of the coffee cherries. These pods are harvested after the beans have been removed from the coffee cherries, then they are dried in the sun before being packed and shipped. These dry coffee pods are not the same as tea bags – the main visual difference is that the coffee pods are slightly larger than tea leaves and have a wood grain resembling raisins or the pods of a nut. The neat part of this whole process is that it not only allows the coffee plant to be used in an innovative way, but is also environmentally friendly. Typically, coffee pods are considered a by-product of the brewing process and either discarded as waste or used as compost. Now, these coffee pods are reused to create a unique beverage of its own.