Rooibos Tea

We're loving Rooibos this month and are celebrating the arrival of our brand new Teavelope Rooibos Classic tea bags. The creamy, full-bodied South-African Rooibos now comes in handy tea bags that are individually wrapped in an aroma protection sachet for perfect freshness. Excellent as an easy caffeine-free Rooibos, any time of day, here's why we love it.

Rooibos Tea Lifestyle


About Rooibos Tea

Rooibos or 'redbush tea' is the national beverage in South Africa, and over sixteen thousand tonnes of the red 'tea' are exported globally. (According to Martin Bergh, chairperson of the South African Rooibos Council S.A. Rooibos)

Unlike the traditional tea plant (Camellia sinensis), the Rooibos plant (Aspalathus linearis) is a fine-leaved, rugged and wild-looking shrub that is not at all red. The bush has soft needle-like green foliage and yellowish flowers that emerge in the spring. The bush thrives in the picturesque fields around the Cederberg coastal mountains close to the Western Cape province of South Africa. Incredibly, the topography of the region is particularly suited to the Rooibos plant and attempts to grow it elsewhere have failed - making Rooibos tea truly unique.

The distinctive red colour actually comes from the fermentation process similar to that of traditional black tea production. Farmers harvest by hand, bruise and distress the cuttings, then leave them to dry in the natural sun. The oxidisation process is completely natural, and beings shortly after harvest.

In parts of Southern Africa, loose-leaf Rooibos is drunk with milk and sugar as Bush Tea. Whether you drink it like that or just plain, Rooibos makes a refreshing brew hot or cold.

The naturally soft taste of Rooibos also makes a perfect baseline for many other flavours. From orange to Chai spices, flavoured Rooibos is universally popular.

Why we love Rooibos

Rooibos tea is naturally caffeine-free; it is delicious, semi-sweet and aromatic with a flavour not too dissimilar to green or black tea.

Depending on rainfall, climate and sunshine, loose-leaf Rooibos tea can taste soft and elegant or bold and full-bodied with earthy notes. It is packed with Vitamin C and full of antioxidants, minerals such as iron, calcium and potassium, also alpha-hydroxy acid, which can promote good skin health. Many claims are being made and serious research being carried out in Japan and Europe, just ask Google!

Rooibos Tea contains no naturally bitter tannins so that no matter how many times you brew the loose-leaf tea, or how long you leave it in the pot, it will never, ever, get bitter. The lack of tannins means there is no need for sweeteners or milk to neutralise the intense flavours.

Alongside our new Teavelope Rooibos Classic tea bags, we have an irresistible range of tea bags and loose-leaf Rooibos to try.

Read on to find out more!


Teavelope Rooibos Vanilla Tea Bags

A beautiful combination of Rooibos married with the sweetness of vanilla, creating a delightfully delicious tea. A mild and pleasant infusion with a soft, full-bodied woody flavour and aroma. It can be enjoyed hot or cold, and because it is naturally caffeine-free, it's an ideal drink for children and those who are avoiding caffeine. Each tea bag is individually wrapped in an aroma protection sachet for perfect freshness.

Our customers say, "Lovely refreshing drink especially nice with the great flavour of vanilla."

Teavelope Rooibos Vanilla Teabags



Joy of Tea Rooibos Cream Orange Tea Bags

One of our all-time favourites, Rooibos Cream Orange, is a seductive blend of bold South African Rooibos, orange peel and velvety Bourbon vanilla. Enlivening and aromatic, the infusion can be drunk by the gallon, and is delicious hot or made into a cooler. We recommend brewing for 5 - 8 minutes. 

Our customers say: "This tea is amazing! It's the best version of rooibos tea I've ever had."

Joy of Tea Rooibos Cream Orange teabags




Rooibos Earl Grey Loose Leaf Tea

Our Rooibos Earl Grey is a delightful Rooibos tea with the citrus lift of Bergamot. If you like Earl Grey but prefer to avoid caffeine, and up your vitamin C intake, this is the tea for you. This tea has a naturally creamy taste which is complemented by the lemony zing.

Rooibos Earl grey loose leaf tea



Rooibos Chai Loose Leaf Tea

Our Rooibos Chai blend is an expertly blended mix of Rooibos, pieces of cinnamon, ginger, fennel, anise, cloves and cardamom. The brewed tea is colourful, aromatic and tastes earthy and spicy.

Rooibos Chai loose leaf tea



Rooibos Tea Hamper

Why not try a selection of our favourite Rooibos teas with our Rooibos Tea Hamper? Three of our best-selling Rooibos teas and a tea ball in a beautiful wicker hamper. The Rooibos hamper contains:

100g Rooibos Vanilla - An aromatic traditional red bush, gently scented with delicate vanilla

100g Rooibos Cream Orange - A classic Rooibos flavoured with creamy vanilla and ripe oranges

100g Rooibos African Sun Organic- A classic full-bodied organic South African Rooibos

Rooibos Tea Hamper



Organic Rooibos Ginger and Lemon Loose leaf Tea

Our organic Rooibos Ginger and Lemon is a pure Rooibos with real ginger, lemon peel, cinnamon, elderflower blossoms and lemon verbena. Zingy and warming, this herbal infusion enlivens the senses with every sip.

Roobis Ginger and Lemon loose leaf tea



Rooibos Caramel Loose Leaf Tea

Our Rooibos Caramel is a delicious Rooibos tea harvested from the red bush and with soft caramel flavour. It's sweet and warming and that little bit extra indulgent.

Rooibos Caramel loose leaf tea



How to Brew the perfect cup of hot loose-leaf Rooibos tea 

  • Boil fresh or filtered cold water
  • Place one slightly heaped teaspoon in a tea strainer filter bag or basket
  • Pour freshly boiled (100c) water
  • Brewing time 5-8 minutes
  • Strain the tea leaves
  • Enjoy the amber cup!


(N.B. Please refer to individual packaging for optimum brewing time)




And if it's a thirst-quenching chilled infusion you're after, why not try our Rooibos Cooler Infusion Recipe!

Cold Brew Rooibos Cream Orange Tea


  • 1 teaspoon on Rooibos (we used Cream Orange) per person (x4 in a teapot is a good start)
  • 1 teaspoon on runny honey per person
  • 2 slices of fresh lemon per person



  • Pour freshly boiled water on to the Rooibos in a teapot
  • Let infuse for at least 10 minutes
  • In a separate (heat-proof) jug, strain the Rooibos on top of fresh lemon and honey
  • Still until the honey is dissolved
  • Let cool completely
  • Pour over ice or serve at room temperature
  • Enjoy!


Posted by cup of tea admin
14th September 2020

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