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What is there to consider when preparing Rooibos tea? Here at friends of tea you will learn how to prepare the cult drink from South Africa!

For a delicious tea, three things are essential: the tea leaves, the water and most importantly, yourself! Because for your perfect tea you have to keep an eye on quantity, drawing time and of course also the water temperature.

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The right amount

Rooibos is extremely forgiving when it comes to the crowd. Rooibos tea contains hardly any bitter substances. We recommend 12 g of Rooibos tea on 1 litre of soft water. If you like it more intensely, then you can increase the amount a little. For those who like it particularly intense, however, there are other preparation options. Take 20 g of Rooibos tea and cook it for 20 minutes with boiling hot water. This gives you a particularly strong, espresso-like drink!

Zeihzeit of Rooibos

Rooibos is not as sensitive as other teas. You like it rather strong and characterful? Then recommend a whole 10 minutes of drawing time. Do you like it more delicate and sweeter? A drawing time of 5 minutes is the right time for you!

The correct temperature

The temperature shouldn’t be as hot as South Africa’s summer sun, but boiling hot water can tolerate Rooibos tea without any problems. For the green Rooibos tea, a temperature of 60 degrees is also extremely interesting, as fresh and bright notes emerge stronger from the tea.

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What kind of Rooibos varieties are there?

Rooibos tea is available in different varieties and quality levels. Grb, the tea can be distinguished by import and export goods. Rooibos is an important export commodity for South Africa and the best quality levels always find their way abroad. A good rooibos can be recognized by its brozen-copper colored needle leaves, which should have as long and above all uniform shape. Lower grades have a coarser, broken leaf.

The quality levels can be categorized as follows:

  • Standard, normal quality level
  • Super, good quality
  • Choice, high quality
  • Export, Rooibos of the highest quality class

 

Green Rooibos

In addition to the classic Rooibos tea, the green Rooibos have been available for a few years. An un-oxidized variant of the rooibos. In the classic rooibos, the harvested leaf needles are slightly squeezed during the production process, so that the cell juice escapes from the plant and reacts and oxidizes with the surrounding air. This process also gives the tea its characteristic color.

The green Rooibos do exactly the opposite. The harvested material is treated carefully and carefully so that no cell juice leaks. In addition, the tea is briefly heated to disable the enzymes within the plant and prevent oxidation. This gives the Rooibos a greener colour and a lighter, refreshing taste. In contrast to the classic Rooibos, it is recommended to use slightly cooler water for the preparation with the green rooibos. 80-90 degree hot water is ideal. With this temperature, the fresh, fruity and sweet notes in the tea are much more present.

Note: with the term “green rooibos” there is often a risk of confusion with green tea. Green Rooibos is not a green tea. Rooibos in general does not come from the tea plant Camellia Sinensis and therefore does not contain any caffeine.

 

Honeybush Tea

In addition to the Rooibos, there is another tea from South Africa: honeybush tea. Honeybush comes from a completely different plant than the Rooibos tea. However, its taste is quite close to Rooibos tea.

Because Honeybush needs special growth conditions to thrive, it grows exclusively wild. Its taste is sweet and fruity with light notes of honey that give the tea its name. Just like the Rooibos, Honeybush is also free of caffeine and can be easily drunk by pregnant women and children.

Storage of Rooibos tea

Rooibos should be protected from light, great heat, moisture and air when storing. Glass containers are not suitable for storage. Due to the sun’s rays, the tea fades and loses its aroma. It is best to store the tea in a lockable bag. A shady place in a cupboard is sufficient as a storage place. Rooibos tea should not be stored in the refrigerator. The moisture in the fridge can penetrate through the tea bag and spoil the tea.

 

By the way, you don’t need to worry about germs with our Rooibos teas. During production, all teas are sterilized and freed from impurities! A lower water temperature is therefore possible without hesitation.

All parameters are only recommendations and we advise you to play around with quantity, drawing time and temperature. We wish you a lot of friends while enjoying!

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