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. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. Rooibos Tea Benefits

    Rooibos Tea Benefits

    Rooibos is not just a tea it’s an experience; one from the mountains of South Africa where leopards prowl and eagles soar high above the landscape. Every sip of this invigorating brew transports you to its home in the Cederberg Region, where Rooibos grows in great abundance and boasts a proud if sometimes turbulent history, so lets explore Rooibos Tea Read more...
  4. It's all About Rooibos Tea

    It's all About Rooibos Tea

    What is Rooibos Tea? Rooibos Tea has been drunk for centuries by the bushmen of Africa, the reason why we have said 'tea' is because unlike Green Tea or Black Tea, Rooibos is not made from the Camellia Sinensis plant. It is a caffeine free, Herbal Tea drinks are is pronounced as 'Roy-Boss' and is Afrikaans for Red Bush which is Read more...
  5. 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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