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How to make rooibos tea

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How to make the perfect cup of rooibos

Rooibos has been bursting onto the tea scene in recent times and is really starting to become popular due to its very unique taste, as well as its lower caffeine levels which allow it to be enjoyed anytime during the day or night. Rooibos is not technically a tea as it does not come from the plant that makes all teas, but it is a great plant to brew up and enjoy. Sometimes people refer to rooibos as a red tea, due to its unique color when brewing the processed pieces of plant.

Although it is generally seen as a red cup you will also notice that there are new green versions of rooibos that have come out, like this one,

green rooibos
green rooibos

 http://theteacupany.com/rooibos/green-rooibos/  , which are the unprocessed versions of red rooibos. Each come with their unique flavors but both will satisfy your look for a tea alternative to brew up. Rooibos is a bit different than traditional teas when it comes to preparation so just read below and you will find the way to make the perfect cup of rooibos.

Easy steps to brewing Rooibos

The first thing you will want to do is start with hot water, around 100 degrees, to really let the flavors out of the plant. If you brew the rooibos at a lower temp you will be missing out on the sweet flavors of red rooibos, or the more earthy flavors of the green version.  You will want to get your water nice and hot, then pour it onto your rooibos mix and then let it steep.

With rooibos being a different plant altogether from the classic tea bearing plants you will also want to ensure you are letting it steep long enough. Rooibos requires a longer steep time of between 6-8 minutes to really get the most out of the little pieces. Be sure not to under steep rooibos as you might be left underwhelmed by the flavor, as it does take some time to make a good cup of rooibos.

Extra tips on brewing Rooibos

Another note about rooibos is that it is often a lot smaller than your traditional teas, which can cause some problems if you don’t have the right things to brew the mixes with.

Rooibos is a great go to when you are looking to get away from your current tea collections so don’t hesitate to take a look around and see if there are any flavors that catch your mind http://theteacupany.com/category/rooibos/ . It is truly a unique flavor that you would expect from something coming from the beautiful country of Africa all the way to your door.

How to brew Honeybush Tea….

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Introduction to HoneyBush

By reading this I will assume you have found honeybush, or you haven’t yet and if that is the case you might want to read: Honeybush Tea
If you have read that, have an idea about what honeybush is all about, or are just looking to brew your new mix up then just keep on reading.

loose leaf honeybush blend
nice vibrant honeybush

So honeybush is not a tea, check. Honeybush is the cousin of rooibos, check. And honeybush tastes great, check! All these things are true, and to get your cup of honeybush going all you need to do is figure out how to brew your honeybush perfectly.

At its basic level brewing tea, or a tisane/herbal mix, is a pretty easy thing. In theory you just need to put some hot water in with something else, let it sit and drink. Sounds pretty easy right?

I don’t want to sound like it isn’t easy once you know why you are doing things, so it is important to come back to the 3 main things that will be the major factors when you brew your honeybush drink up and they are quality of honeybush, temperature of water, and steeping time. Just keep on reading and you will have all the information you need on how to brew honeybush perfectly every time.

How to brew HoneyBush

The first thing you will want to do is to start with great honeybush.

About 1 tsp per 8 oz of water should be enough, but experiment with how strong you like it and adjust the amount accordingly.

So you have great honeybush now and you need to get your clean water hot. The nice thing about honeybush is that tastes great with water at around 200°F or (93°C). As you can see it is pretty close to the boiling point of water, so just plug in your kettle or whatever you use to heat the water and just before it comes to a boil take it off the heat and combine it in your mug or teapot. If the water boils, no big deal just remove it from heat and give it a couple seconds to cool down.

Brew time for HoneyBush

So you have your honeybush, you have your perfectly heated clean water, and now you just need to let it steep. This will probably be the hardest part of all your honeybush journey as it requires patience. With honeybush, because it is not actually coming from the tea plant Camellia sinensis, you can let it steep for a lot longer than you would usually steep a traditional tea.

Due to its origins and makeup the honeybush brews generally don’t have the bitterness that comes when you steep tea for too long. O if you are looking for a steeping time, the general consensus is that between 5-10 minutes is best for honeybush. As you will notice there is a pretty big time frame for the perfect cup, so try it out at different times and see what you enjoy the most.


Honeybush is a great option if you are looking for a drink before bed as there is no caffeine in it, and it has a nice unique taste. So if you are looking for a new drink give it a try.

What is a Tisane

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Introduction to Tisanes

If you are wondering what a Tisane is, or wonder why others get mad when you call Rooibos red tea, then just keep on reading :)

A Tisane is another term for herbal tea, a non-caffeinated beverage extracted from decoction or infusion of herbs, spices, or plants. This was derived from the Greek word ptisanē meaning crushed barley (a drink that is made from crushed pearl barley). Tisanes do not generally contain caffeine since it was not extracted from tea leaves. The components of tisanes are sometimes culinary herbs such as spearmint, sage, rosemary, and thyme. It can be served hot or cold since the effect is the still the same.

What are tisanes?

There are various type of tisanes: leaf tisanes, flower tisanes, bark tisanes, root tisanes, fruit/berry tisanes, and seed/spice tisanes. These may also serve as a medical benefit. Many are known to achieve goals such as to invigorate, calm nerves, relieve s head cold or sore throat, to treat cough, relax an upset stomach, and ease headache. With proper usage of tisanes, one can achieve its rightful effect however some substances contained in tisanes are subject to cause undesirable side effects so it is always good to ensure you know what you are brewing up. You should not just go and place random plants in hot water and drink it.

Full rundown of what a Tisane is

What are common Tisanes/ Herbal teas?

Common herbs used to create tisanes are: anise tea (made from seeds or leaves), asiatic penny-wort leaf (found in Southeast Asia), artichoke tea, bee balm, boldo, burdock, cannabis tea, caraway tea, catnip tea, chamomile tea (used as sedative), Che Dang (made from llex causue leaves), Chinese knot weed tea, chrysanthemum tea (dried fllowers), cinnamon, and mint.

If you are looking for some nice tisanes then just take a look at some of these nice options:

loose leaf rooibos
red rooibos

One of our favorite Rooibos blends .