Profile : Rooibos
Loose - Herbal Tea
March 13, 2019
CUP CHARACTERISTICS: The reddish orange cup is fruity with sweet notes.
INGREDIENTS FROM: South Africa
SHIPPING PORT(S): Cape Town
GROWING ALTITUDES: 1500 - 2500 feet above sea level
GRADE(S): Choice Grade #1
MANUFACTURE TYPE(S): Traditional process, Rolled and fermented.
ANTIOXIDANT LEVEL: Low
CAFFEINE LEVEL: None - Caffeine Free Herb
INFUSION: Reddish orange to full color
story of Rooibos starts around the turn of the century in South
Africa's beautiful Cedarberg region. It was the locals of the area who
first discovered that the fine needle like leaves of the wild
"Aspalathus Linearis" plant made a tasty aromatic tea. It was they who
first harvested the plants, chopped them with axes and bruised them with
hammers leaving them to ferment before drying in the sun. Rooibos is a
herb that contains no caffeine. Those that consume Rooibos have claimed
that it has a soothing effect on headaches, disturbed sleeping patterns
and digestive problems.
Rooibos seeds are planted during February
and March. They are tended for 18 months after which they are
harvested. Cut Rooibos is bound and milled to a uniform length then
bruised between rollers to trigger the fermentation process, which
results in the characteristic flavor and sweet aroma.