Let it be known: ya girl loves a good cup of coffee. Over the years my taste for coffee has grown exponentially. Not only do I find myself wanting to try different roasts and blends, but I often have to refrain from having more than 1-2 cups a day! This passion for a good brew has led me to this new series on the blog called Current Coffee Cravings. I know that there are some die-hard coffee lovers out there who will appreciate this series (or at least I hope so). So, each month I will be sharing a favorite brew from various brands. This month we are visiting the mecca, Starbucks, where we will be sipping on the Cold Foam Cascara Cold Brew.
I have some really great friends. In fact, I owe my current obsession with the Starbucks Cold Foam Cascara Cold Brew to a dear friend of mine who surprised me with one during a lunch date a few weeks back. I was a bit hesitant when he placed the coffees down on the table because they looked like a dark roast which isn’t typically my first choice. I immediately started looking around for Stevia, but he promised me I wouldn’t need it. I should mention that the coffee my dear friend handed me was actually the Cold Foam Cascara Nitro, but Starbucks was kind enough to provide the same drink with their cold brew which pleases an ice lover like myself. The moment I took my first sip, I was hooked. I couldn’t believe that I didn’t need to alter the order in any way. It was just sweet enough (which isn’t too sweet) and had such a smooth taste. I am pretty sure I have had one at least 1-2 times a week since.
After the coffee beans are extracted from the cherries, there is a pulped dry layer of skin that remains. This residue skin is referred to as cascara. Cascara is actually one of those hybrids of tea and coffee (it can be used for either) and unlike the coffee bean itself, has a level of sweetness to it. Cascara, which used to be discarded after the collection of the coffee bean, is now being used to create unique coffee/tea flavors like the one here. The cascara is commonly dried out before being shipped and then steeped in hot water before being used.
In order to achieve the delicious taste of the Cold Foam Cascara Cold Brew, Starbucks starts with a base of their traditional Cold Brew. They then top it with a few pumps of vanilla syrup and finish the cup with a layer of their cascara cold foam. Atop the foam is a sprinkle of cascara topping: cascara sugar pieces.
Starbucks normal Cold Brew has a pretty smooth flavor: not too strong and definitely not too weak. The added vanilla gives a touch of sweetness to the coffee, but it’s the cascara cold foam that adds the warm brown sugar/maple flavor as you sip away. If you enjoy your coffee light and sweet, you may need to alter the recipe because this blend is faintly sweet with zero creamer (which is why it’s my favorite!)
I need to know! What are some of your current coffee favorites? Let me know your recommendations in the comments below and maybe you will see it featured in next month’s post!