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Easy Cascara Latte Coffee Recipe

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Have you heard about cascara? It’s one of the trendiest coffee byproducts, and it has many uses for coffee lovers. 

The flaky stuff, sometimes finely powdered, is basically the dried-up cherry that once protected your favorite coffee grains.

That’s right, producers pick up the coffee fruit, let it ferment and dry it, sometimes under the blistering sun to eventually remove the fruit’s pulp and peel and keep the coffee beans. 

By the way, cascara comes from the word in Spanish cáscara, which means husk, peel or shell. So, what to do with cascara? An easy cascara latte coffee, of course!

Easy Cascara Latte Coffee Recipe2

How to Make a Cascara Latte at Home?

There are many ways of using cascara in your caffeinated libations, including dusting your coffee with the tasty stuff. 

Still, one of my favorite ways of using it is making cascara syrup, an infusion of the dried fruit, sugar and water for delicious results. 

The syrup will become your favorite coffee sweetener, and you can use it to sweeten a latte and many other drinks.

So, to make a latte, I usually use a freshly brewed Arabica espresso, medium roast, and top it with equal parts steamed milk and frothed milk. 

It comes without saying everyone has a favorite milk-to-coffee-to-froth ratio, but you get the idea.

If you have a fancy espresso machine, it usually comes with a frothing wand, but if you don’t, you can heat the milk in the microwave or stove-top and whisk it to create the froth. 

The first times will be tricky, I must say, but you’ll soon become a milk frothing expert. That’s guaranteed.

Other ways of using cascara syrup

You’ll be happy to know cascara has some caffeine, although not as much as coffee beans. 

You can use it to sweeten milk, smoothies and any other drink to add an energy kick along with the loveliest cherry flavor!


How to Make It

  • Prep Time10 min
  • Cook Time10 min
  • Total Time20 min
  • Serving Size1
  • Energy201 cal




To make the cascara syrup, boil one 1 cup plus 1/4 cup of water in a pot. Once boiling, remove from heat and add one tablespoon of cascara.


Stir and let the cascara infuse the water (steep for 5 minutes). Strain and add one cup of granulated sugar to the hot water. Stir until dissolved and syrupy. Bottle and cool down.


To make the cascara latte, brew the espresso and pour it in a cup. Heat the milk in the microwave for 2-3 minutes and whisk until frothy. (or use a milk frother.)


Fill the cup with one-part hot milk and one-part milk foam.


Sweeten with the cascara syrup and garnish with extra cascara.

  • Nutrition Facts

  • Serving Size1
  • Amount per serving
  • Calories201
  • % Daily Value*Standard DV
  • Total Fat6 g78 g7.69%
  • Saturated Fat3.4 g20 g17%
  • Cholesterol18 mg300 mg6%
  • Sodium101 mg2300 mg4.39%
  • Total Carbohydrate32.1 g275 g11.67%
  • Total Sugars9.6 g
  • Protein6 g50 g12%
  • Calcium214 mg1300 mg16.46%
  • Potassium345 mg4700 mg7.34%
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