Through their cascaraa teas and other products, Bevea has come up with an innovative solution to deal with the waste created as a byproduct of the coffee making industry. However, Bevea lacks information on where their tea is dried and processed, what type of packaging they use, and how their relationship is with their workers.
As a new and upcoming company with only 6 products, it makes sense that a lot of information is not yet there. Bevea has a lot of potential, and while I am not sure if I would buy their product right now due to the lack of information, I look forward to their growth and will be keeping an eye on them.
Most of the world’s coffee is handpicked and harvested from red coffee cherries. However, usually only the two seeds in the coffee cherry are picked to be made into coffee, while the outer peel and fruit of the coffee cherry are discarded. In total, for every 2 tons of coffee seeds picked, about 1 ton of outer peel and fruit is wasted. This is where Bevea comes in. Bevea takes this waste and produces tea from the cascara (the outer peel and fruit) of the coffee cherry.
Bevea’s teas are relatively simple, only relying on its organic cascara, botanicals, ginger and 8 grams of organic sugar cane for its many flavors. Bevea has also added probiotics to support your immune and digestive system, and their teas are also antioxidant rich and support brain health.
While it’s helpful of Bevea to include information as to where their cascara is sourced from and what type of coffee cherry it is from, they lack information as to where they process the cascara, what type of packaging they use, how the cascara is taken to wherever they dry their cascara, how their workers who process the cascara are treated, and how their relationship is with these farmers in Costa Rica.
Bevea works with the Las Lajas Farm to source their cascara. Las Lajas is an organic micromill located in Sabanilla de Alajuela in the Central Valley Region of Costa Rica. This farm has the Caturra and Catui variety of coffee cherries. From this farm, the cascara is collected and then sun-dried to make their teas.
By working with these local farmers, Bevea helps support and uplift these communities.