Rooibos Tea News

Rooibos tea has found itself steadily gaining popularity over the course of the last century. Despite not originating from the Camellia Sinensis plant, and thus not officially recognised as a ‘tea’, this distinctive blend has gained substantial renown as continued scientific studies have begun to uncover its outstanding health benefits.

Translated from Afrikaans, Rooibos tea means “red bush,” which is in reference to the Aspalathus linearis plant from which it originates from in the Cedarburg mountain region of South Africa.

For centuries, the indigenous Khoisan tribes of the region would harvest the leaves to be used for a number of herbal remedies and ailments within their community, but with the arrival of European settlers, the Khoisan tribes began to dwindle in numbers. For a time, it seemed that Rooibos tea’s history would come to an end until botanist Carl Humberg rediscovered the leaves in 1772 and revived a more widespread interest in the tea-like drink.

Rooibos tea’s renown in the west would be further boosted during the Second World War, when importing tea from Asian countries was nearly impossible due to the on-going struggle with Imperialist Japan.  It was during this time that rooibos tea became an excellent alternative and soon found itself being shipped across the globe.

  1. 6 Great Rooibos Tea (Red Bush Tea) Benefits

    6 Great Rooibos Tea (Red Bush Tea) Benefits

    This is a Tea with great taste, character and, of course, benefits. It comes from the vast mountains of South Africa. Every sip of this delicious and surprisingly invigorating brew transports you to the stunning Cederberg region. Here, Rooibos has grown for thousands of years. Despite its immense age, it’s only recently become popular. Why? We will answer this question Read more...
  2. Christmas Loose Teas

    Christmas Loose Teas

    Is it really that time again? Here at The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company, we couldn’t be more excited for Christmas as we get to drink our Christmas Loose Teas. It is, as we all know, a time for love, laughter, and festivities, as well as, of course, being a time to treat yourself with all sorts of Read more...
  3. 5 Must Have Teas For Autumn

    5 Must Have Teas For Autumn

    We know the drill by now: the nights are drawing in, the temperatures are cooling, and now is the perfect time for long walks amongst the trees of changing colours. We’re heading into autumn, and here at The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company, we couldn’t be more excited our 5 Must Have Teas For Autumn that are just perfect Read more...
  4. Rooibos Pineapple and Lemon Sorbet

    Rooibos Pineapple and Lemon Sorbet

    As we are all shaking in our gloves and hats again, we at Kent and Sussex Headquarters are bringing in the summer and enjoying a cup of Rooibos Pineapple and Lemon Sorbet ; A bright, fresh cup of summery citrus-ness! Reminding us all that although summer feels a long way off outside, inside we are enjoying a warm cup of tea to Read more...

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