Rooibos Tea Info


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Rooibos teas are a naturally sweet and sometimes nutty herbal tea made from the South African Red Bush often referred to as Red Tea or African Red Tea.  The rooibos tea processing method involves harvesting the red bush leaves, followed by grinding and bruising of the leaves. Then the rooibos is left to ferment and dried to yield a reddish brown needle-like tea.  Green rooibos tea does not have a fermentation step and thus has a lighter taste than red rooibos teas.  Both varieties of rooibos tea are caffeine free.     

History of Rooibos Tea

In 1772, Swedish botanist Carl Thunberg found the people of the Cape of South Africa were making tea from local plants, specifically, the rooibos plant.  By the 1900s, settlers of the Cape refined the curing process to make African red tea, employing similar methodologies of green tea processing. Soon after cultivation of rooibos red bush tea spread throughout South America and more recently, has broken into the American tea market for its unique taste and variety of flavors.

The Best Rooibos Teas

The best rooibos tea really depends on your taste.  Red and green rooibos tea can be blended with many flavors to create a perfectly healthy and delicious cup of tea.  One of our most coveted flavored rooibos teas is Blueberry Bliss Rooibos Tea, a green rooibos with sweet fruity aromas, capturing the essence of summer in berries, grapes, black currants and hibiscus flowers blends perfectly with a touch of our Rock Sugar.  For a more flowery blend, there is Rooibos Tropica Rooibos Tea. It's a long-time favorite containing red rooibos tea and green rooibos blend conjuring up a paradise of peach pieces, strawberry bits and rhubarb. For a spicier taste try our Dosha Chai, an aromatic harmony equaled only by its extraordinary ingredients. Red rooibos melts into cinnamon sticks, ginger, whole cloves and rose blossoms. Heavenly vanilla is the height of luxury perfectly balanced by toasted coconut and cardamom to soothe the spirit and mind


Rooibos teas can be mixed with other herbal teas for a more fruity flavored tea.  Or, blend rooibos with loose white tea or green teas for a more complex flavor and extra health benefits. One of the best rooibos teas for blending is Apple Lemon Pomegranate Rooibos tea. Mixing it with Imperial Acai Blueberry White Tea creates a, fruity green rooibos tea blend full of flavor. View all Teavana Rooibos Teas and find your favorite today.

Rooibos Tea Preparation

Making rooibos tea is very similar to preparing any other herbal tea.  1.5 tsp of rooibos tea should be added for every 8 oz cup of boiling water.  The rooibos tea should steep for 5-6 minutes.  If left to brew longer, the rooibos tea should not become very bitter, as this type of tea has steeped for days in some South African households.  Many rooibos teas also taste great as an iced tea.  To make rooibos iced tea, just double the amount of tea used, steep at the same temperature and for the same length of time, then pour the tea directly into a glass full of ice.

Rooibos Tea Info