Rooibos, colloquially known as 'Red Tea' (although not from the actual tea bush), is a naturally caffeine-free herbal plant that grows only in South Africa. A flavorful alternative for those seeking a stimulant-free beverage, our rooibos is fruity, sweet, rounded, mild and smooth with a refreshingly herbal texture. Very forgiving, it will not over-steep and blends well with other flavors such as nuts, herbs and fruits.
Herbal Tea | No caffeine | Steep at 212° for 5 minutes.
Our teabags contain the same high-quality tea as our loose-tea offerings. Their pyramid shape gives the leaves plenty of room to unfurl and infuse, placing more flavor in each cup. Enjoy the superior flavor of gourmet tea with the convenience of a disposable bag.
15 full leaf pyramids
That flavor you know and love, is also available in our convenient iced tea pouches. Ideal for cold brewing in your fridge overnight, a single pouch will make a quart of deliciously refreshing iced tea.
6 x quart-sized pouches
The South African native plant rooibos (Afrikaans for red bush) turns a rusty red color when the leaves are oxidized. It’s also is a reddish color when brewed. When unoxidized, the tisane is called green rooibos. The plant (Aspalathus Linearis) grows only in the regions of the Cederberg Mountains where its aboriginals, the KhoiSan, have used rooibos as both a beverage and a medicinal for hundreds of years. In 1772, Swedish naturalist and botanist, Carl Peter Thunberg, aka Karl Peter von Thunberg, was the first to study rooibos and is now considered the father of South African botany.
Raw Honey for Rooibos
This dark rich honey adds a playful floral sweetness to the fruity notes of rooibos and honeybush.
honey for rooibos & honeybush
Part of red rooibos teas sampler
Explore a variety of teas with our popular sampler set.
Four teas included are:
rooibos orange, rooibos peach, rooibos, rooibos vanilla
red rooibos teas
will make 40 cups
Questions and Answers
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Is it organic?
Asked by Shelli G
on December 25th, 2020
Direct Trade Advantage
We import our teas direct from the artisan farmers whose names and faces you'll find throughout our catalog.
This makes our teas fresher than those offered by the companies who use middlemen and brokers, and also less expensive.
Here's a comparison of how much more you'd be paying by buying this tea elsewhere:
87% more expensive
Meet our rooibos farmer, Niklaas Jakobus Slinger
To ensure the best quality and value, we import our teas directly from the
countries in which they are grown, working closely with the farmers who tender
them. Our Roots Campaign connects our customers with the rich stories and the farmers
behind some of our most popular teas.
How long have you been growing tea?
“32 years. I started working as a laborer on a neighboring Rooibos Farm and for the past 14 years I have been growing Rooibos on my own farm.”
What got you started in the tea industry?
“I grew up on a Rooibos Farm. After I left home, I worked on different farms producing a wide variety of agricultural products, but my love for Rooibos and the area in which I grew up brought me back home. Since I was a small boy, I dreamed about owning my own Rooibos Farm and 14 years ago my dream came true with the help of my previous employer who helped me to loan money to purchase my own Rooibos farm.”
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Can you describe a typical day out in the field? How many hours would that be?
“During Harvesting season (January - April), I leave home at 05:00 in the morning to turn the Rooibos fermentation heaps on the drying yard. I then go to the fields and start harvesting the Rooibos. At 10:00 I return to the drying yard to open the fermentation heaps and spread the Rooibos thin and evenly to dry. I then continue harvesting till we break for lunch at 12:30. After lunch (14:00) I take the harvested Rooibos to the drying yard for further processing. After cutting and bruising the tea is put into fermentation heaps around 18:00. After that we collect the dried Rooibos from the drying yard. My day ends at around 19:30. A typical working day is around 13 hours during harvesting season.”
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