loose Rooibos Tea selections
Rooibos, also known as ‘red bush tea’ is a plant from South Africa. Generally, the leaves are oxidized (often termed ‘fermentation’ in common tea processing terminology). This process produces the distinctive reddish-brown color of rooibos and enhances the flavor. Unoxidized “green” rooibos is also produced, but the more demanding production process for green rooibos (similar to the method by which green tea is produced) makes it more expensive than traditional rooibos. It carries a malty and slightly grassy flavour somewhat different from its red counterpart.
In South Africa, it is common to prepare rooibos tea in the same manner as black tea and add milk and sugar to taste. Other methods include a slice of lemon and using honey instead of sugar to sweeten.
Several coffee shops in South Africa have recently begun to sell red espresso, which is concentrated rooibos served and presented in the style of ordinary espresso. This has given rise to rooibos-based variations of coffee drinks such as red lattes and red cappuccinos.
Buy Rooibos tea below or drop by our Nashville tea shop.
$4.95 – 1/3 cup rooibos tea (makes about 10 cups of tea)
Here in our Nashville tea shop, we carry a wide variety of rooibos teas – both red and green. Solid loose to take home, by the cup, or cups and pots drank right at the counter in our Donelson tea store.
Rooibos is purported to assist with nervous tension, allergies and digestive problems. Rooibos tea has been shown to inhibit in vitro activity of xanthine oxidase, but an in vivo study has not been conducted. Xanthine oxidase (XO) plays a role in conversion of purine to uric acid in humans and reducing the activity of XO could limit uric acid production, which would aid in treatment of gout. In in vitro tests only, for the specific concentration tested, the infusion was shown to be less than half as effective as allopurinol, which is the drug typically prescribed to inhibit XO activity in treating gout.
you can find the following rooibos teas in our Nashville store or buy them right here, online:
Berry Rooibos – red rooibos paired with ripe summer berry flavor. Our Rooibos Berry is soft and slightly juicy, with a clean, mellow finish. Not super heavy or tangy, so you can enjoy it anytime.
Blueberry Green Rooibos – In recent years, blueberries have garnered much attention as a nutrient powerhouse. This may be so, but to us they are delicious little jewels that shine in our lightly fruity, caffeine-free green rooibos. We’ve added blueberries, cranberries, rosehips, hibiscus and raspberry leaves for a tasty, berry-licious treat.
Caramel Rooibos – Rooibos, colloquially known as Red Tea, is an herbal plant that grows in South Africa. Rooibos is a flavorful alternative to tea for those seeking to minimize caffeine intake. Our “Rooibos Caramel” is a top-grade organic version, flavored with sweet caramel.
Green Rooibos – Green rooibos is harvested from the same South African plant as the traditional red rooibos but is processed differently. Whereas the red rooibos leaves are bruised and oxidized, the green rooibos leaves are specially treated to prevent oxidation, leaving them closer to their natural state. The resulting brew is lighter bodied, less citric-piney than red rooibos and delivers a woody-grassy cup with natural sweetness and fruit notes. This natural sweetness and low tannin content ensures a smooth, never bitter brew that requires little, if any, sweetener.
Honeybush – is indigenous to the cape of South Africa and is similar to rooibos. It is used to make a beverage and a medicinal tea, having a pleasant, mildly sweet taste and aroma, somewhat like honey. It has become internationally known as a substitute for ordinary tea (Camellia sinensis).
Key West Rooibos – Green rooibos is a lighter bodied, un-oxidized version of the traditional “red tea.” Its natural fruitiness is a perfect base for tropical flavors. Our Key West blend of sweet passionfruit, luscious mango and a hint of tangy apricot will whisk you away to the sunny shores and ocean breezes of Papa’s paradise. Naturally caffeine-free for your “Sunset Celebration.”
Lemon Chiffon Rooibos – Smells just like lemon meringue pie blue winner of the country fair. In fact it was the Winner of the 2008 world tea championship. This prize-winning rooibos blend has just the right touch of lemongrass and creamy lemon flavor. A satisfying, versatile drink that can be enjoyed piping hot or chilled. Try it with a sprig of mint for a heavenly, refreshing summer treat!
Minted Rooibos – Red Rooibos blended with Peppermint Leaf. Sounds simple, but oh so impressive. Peppermint soothes the mind and lifts the spirit.
Orange Rooibos – Rooibos, colloquially known as Red Tea, is an herbal plant that grows in South Africa. Rooibos is a flavorful alternative to tea for those seeking to minimize caffeine intake. Our “Rooibos Orange” is a top-grade organic version, flavored with juicy oranges.
Paradise Rooibos – Robust, thirst quenching, healthy, and caffeine free. A colorful blend of premium rooibos and natural flowers with a complex fruity nectar flavoring. Great for iced tea; recommended to steep for over 10 minutes. Rooibos, calendula petals, pink rose petals, wild malva and tropical fruit flavoring.
Peach Rooibos – Our “Rooibos Peach” is a top-grade organic version, flavored with ripe summer peaches blended into red rooibos. Mild on the peach, the flavor is just enough to tease the palate without being overpowing.
Red Rooibos – plain ole red rooibos, more commonly called red tea or bush tea. Rooibos is naturally caffeine-free. Brews similar to black tea (with a similar color), but a more mellow cup. Reputedly contains various antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Pairs well with milk and sugar.
South African Mambo Rooibos – Red rooibos and a blend of warm spices create a tea that makes you want to curl up in a chair with a good book.
Summer Breeze Rooibos – This summer fruit inspired blend of green rooibos with peaches, strawberries and citrus is juicy, nectar-like and supremely refreshing. This “palate pretty” medley of flavors is muy delicioso; hot or iced and naturally caffeine-free.
Vanilla Rooibos – Rooibos is a flavorful alternative to tea for those seeking to minimize caffeine intake. Our ‘Rooibos Vanilla’ is a top-grade organic version, flavored with natural vanilla.
Vanilla Chai Rooibos – Masala chai spices in a South African red rooibos base with a hint of vanilla. These spices will dance on your palate while the creamy vanilla rooibos will sing to your soul. Naturally caffeine free for an anytime treat.