Early 1700s Dutch settlers in the Cape of Africa began yearning for the tea they drank back home. Stumbling upon Aspalathus linearis bushes, they began to brew up herbal infusions, thus creating Rooibos tea. Rooibos tea continues to be produced in South Africa for the rest of the world to enjoy.
Rooibos Flavor Profile:
The naturally sweet and slightly nutty flavor of Rooibos lends to a rich and smooth experience.
Along with countless other benefits, Rooibos tea is high in antioxidants and helps with heart health and digestion, as well as aiding in skin and hair health.
Rooibos itself does not contain caffeine.
Steep 1 tbsp in water heated to 200F for 5-10 minutes.
Types of Rooibos:
There are two types of Rooibos, differing in how they are processed.
The "true" Rooibos, Red Rooibos is allowed to oxidize, similar to standard tea. Still uncaffeinated, the oxidation process gives Red Rooibos it's famous rich and nutty profile.
Green Rooibos is not allowed to oxidize after harvest, and yields a more mellow, malty flavor.