Rooibos Tea Brew Guide
Rooibos Tea Brew Guide from About The Cup
Rooibos tea is a delicately delicious and healthy beverage that can be enjoyed as a herbal tea. It is a good choice for people who are looking for a caffeine-free alternative to tea or coffee, or for people who want to reap the health benefits of antioxidants and other nutrients. Rooibos tea is an herbal tea made from the leaves of the Aspalathus linearis plant, which is native to South Africa. It is a caffeine-free tea that gives a bright reddish tea brew with a slightly sweet, earthy flavor. Rooibos tea has been consumed for centuries by the Khoisan people of South Africa, who used it for its medicinal properties.
Rooibos tea is now enjoyed all over the world for its taste and health benefits. It is a good source of antioxidants and can be considered a healthy beverage that has been wrapped with many health benefits gifted from Mother Nature. Rooibos tea can be enjoyed on its own or with milk, honey, or other flavorings. It can also be used to make iced tea, smoothies, and other beverages.
Rooibos Tea Brewing Guide
Rooibos tea is a type that gives a delicate earthy flavor. Therefore, the tea need to be made with careful attention, especially when selecting the required utensils. By following below brewing guidelines, you will be able to taste a delicious cup of rooibos tea. The ingredients required to make a tea cup are as follows.
- 170ml of fresh water
- A kettle or a water heater
- 2- 3 teaspoon of rooibos tea or a rooibos tea bag
- A teapot
- A teacup
Here are the steps that you need to follow for a perfect green tea cup.
- Always use fresh water sourced from filtered or bottled water
The water that you use to make the tea should follow the exact characteristics of definition to water. If the water has any kind of added taste or an odor, you will not get the exact taste of rooibos tea hence rooibos tea gives a smooth sweet earthy brew.
- Boil the water through a kettle or a water heater
The ideal temperature to brew rooibos tea is 200- 212 0F. Rooibos tea gives its best characteristics to the brew when it is steeped in hot water. Make sure to rinse the kettle or water heater before using it.
- Rinse the teapot and teacup using few drops of boiled water
By rinsing the teapot and teacup with hot water, the walls of teapot and teacup would get heated up and it will avoid sudden cooling of boiled water when pour in to the teapot and teacup. This will lead you to have a perfect hot cup of rooibos tea rather than a warm cup.
- Add 2- 3 teaspoon of rooibos tea or a rooibos tea bag.
Rooibos tea does not contain any astringent or bitter characteristics in it like black tea. Therefore, a considerable amount of rooibos tea need to be added to the teapot to extract the real taste of rooibos tea to the brew. It is readily available in a rooibos tea bag but if you add loose rooibos tea, 2- 3 teaspoons are recommended.
- Pour boiled water to the teapot and close the lid and steep the tea for 5- 7 minutes.
Rooibos tea do not deliver a bitterness or strong astringency to the tea brew when it is over brewed. Therefore, it is recommended to steep rooibos tea for a period of 5- 7 minutes until the best components of rooibos tea excrete to the hot water. By the time, the tea brew would reach an ideal temperature to drink the tea cup easily.
- Pour the rooibos tea brew to the teacup, add any additive you prefer.
Generally, a cup of rooibos tea do not deliver a harsh or strong taste that cannot be drunk alone. It gives a pleasant earthy sweetness in the tea cup. However, if you hesitate to consume it as a plain beverage, you may add some milk, sugar or honey to make it more appealing to your taste.
- Sit back, relax and enjoy your rooibos tea sip by sip.