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Rooibos

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A caffeine-free herbal tea with roots in South Africa

Malty and moreish with a smooth honey-sweetness, our herbal rooibos is deliciously flavoursome and naturally caffeine free. Most of the tea you'll taste comes from the Camellia sinensis plant, but rooibos is a whole other story: it's cultivated solely in the Cederberg mountains of South Africa where it's grown on small bushes producing green, needle like leaves. The name 'rooibos' or 'red bush' tea refers to the deep russet colour of the leaves after the process of oxidation, highlighting their naturally rich, treacle-toned taste.

The indigenous bushmen of the region knew the secret of rooibos long before Dutch settlers made it their brew of choice; low in tannins and particularly high in the antioxidant aspalathin, the tea has been used as a herbal remedy for centuries. It's a lovely tea for elevenses, and also rather good in recipes. You might like to have a look at the rooibos and blueberry smoothie on our blog!

  • Tea Type

    Herbal Infusion

  • Origin

    South Africa

  • Taste Profile

    Malty, Refreshing

  • Tastes like

    Malty and sweet, with a hint of honey

  • Food pairing

    Ginger cake – spiciness complements sweet, malty flavour and notes of orange

  • When to drink

    Lovely at breakfast, and as a caffeine-free evening tea

Brew the perfect cup

Add two teaspoons (around 4g) per cup and always use freshly drawn and boiled water. Allow to brew for 3-5 minutes according to taste. Best enjoyed without milk.

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Origin

South Africa

Herbal rooibos is unique to the Cederberg Mountains in South Africa’s Western Cape province, home to antelopes, leopards and lizards. The Khosian tribes had had been harvesting the leaves of the Aspalathus Linearis plant long before its discovery by the Dutch colonists, who applied the same process of oxidation used to create black tea. As a result, the green, needle-like leaves were transformed to a glowing red, giving the tea its name: rooibos or ‘red bush’ tea. As a herbal plant it’s caffeine free, and the only known source of the antioxidant aspalathin.

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