Cascara ‘Tea’: A Tasty Infusion Made From Coffee Waste

… word,” she says with a laugh. “I was like, nah, nah, nah, this is cascara.” Cascara is the Spanish word for the peel or skin of a fruit. Coffee is a fruit, though most people don’t think of it that way. Like cacao, it’s processed opposite most fruits: The skin and flesh are discarded, and just the seeds are dried, roasted, and ground to make the beverage many Americans drink daily. Batlle first used the skins of coffees processed as “naturals,” which are …

How is chocolate made? – Ask Dr. Universe, Washington State University

… ways to make all kinds of chocolate from cacao beans. “Chocolate is both a science and an art,” said my friend Jessica Murray. She’s an expert on chocolate and a graduate student in food science and business at Washington State University. She explained that cacao beans can be separated into a couple different parts. We can extract the fat, or cocoa butter, from the beans. The rest of the bean can be ground up into solids. When we mix these two parts back together, we can make dark, …

10 best bean-to-cup coffee machines

By Kate Hilpern | November 2, 2015 Enjoy a barista-worthy drink made in your kitchen Bean-to-cup coffee machines make the freshest coffee because they grind the beans as you use them – no time, in other words, for all those flavoursome oils to evaporate, which so often happens with ground coffee. You’ll find huge price variation in the machines we’ve recommended, with the most expensive generally being the most automated and making the cup of coffee a barista would be most proud of. There …

Baking with tea: How to make your desserts even better.

… including whole ingredients, should be ground down before adding.) Each method has its appeal: Infused butter adds the flavor without any visible trace of tea. But adding dry tea to certain shortbreads can also add a nice visual element, depending on the tea. Few things look more inviting than brown sugar shortbread, flecked with ground chai tea. The recipe below is for infused chai tea shortbread. For an even faster dessert, skip the butter infusion, grind up some chai, and mix it directly …

Used coffee grounds provide business opportunity for mushroom moguls – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

… from around 70 cafes in the city. Ryan Creed and Julian Mitchell saw a market for mushrooms and a cheap way to grow them, with moist coffee grounds providing the perfect soil for gourmet oyster mushrooms. “We’ll be cycling around the CBD area of Fremantle daily, picking up the coffee ground, taking it to our commercial space, mixing it with mushroom spores,” Mr Creed said. “Within six weeks we’ll have mushrooms starting to grow which we’ll sell to the local …