Rooibos Gingerbread and Orange Biscuit
We would recommend to brew using boiling water and leave to infuse for 5 to 10 minutes
For many, anything involving Gingerbread means ‘Christmas’. However, here at the Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company, we want to break that trend with our very own Rooibos Gingerbread and Orange Biscuit Tea!
Who said that these lavish flavours had to be restricted to the season of giving? Why not ‘give’ something to your taste buds year-round? With exotic ingredients such as pepper and coriander added for an extra touch of finesse, it is certainly hard to resist this beverage. But don’t just take our word for it, for this Rooibos tea has gone on to become one of our bestselling varieties of Rooibos currently available.
Growing in abundance across the mountainous Cederberg Region of South Africa, the Rooibos bush is frequently subjected to temperatures below zero in winter, and above 40C degrees in the summer.
While the story of Rooibos in tea form has been largely credited to the enterprises of European settlers, this blend had been consumed long before British and Dutch colonists even set foot on the continent. In fact, Rooibos was originally discovered by the Khoisans – one of South Africa’s indigenous populations. These tribespeople used the Rooibos leaves for herbal remedies over the course of many centuries before the infamous European land-grab of the 18th Century, which largely stole their way of life.
As these new arrivals began to encroach on Khoisan territories, their numbers began to dwindle, resulting in their culture all but fading into obscurity. If it had not been for the escapades of a Swedish botanist by the name of Carl Thunberg, we may not have the same beverage we know and love today.
He managed to revive a more widespread interest in the drink, and over the course of time, the consumption of Rooibos Loose Tea became popular once more.
During the Second World War, the Rooibos tea market would see a surge in demand, accounting for the limited availability of green and black teas from the Asian continent. Prices began to rise rapidly as suppliers struggled to obtain sufficient quantities of the tea to meet the needs of its consumers. However, with the war’s conclusion, balance was restored to the market and Rooibos was inevitably side-lined by its Chinese counterparts. But its story was not over yet, as on one warm afternoon in the Spring of 1968, an incredible discovery would change the face of the industry forever.
Dr. Annique Theron was born in 1929 and grew up on a small-town farm in Limpopo. She would go on to study at university, earning her Doctorate, before moving to Pretoria and meeting her future husband, Meiring. When the couple had a baby in 1967, they soon discovered that their little Lorinda was severely susceptible to a number of different allergies.
14 months later, in 1968, Annique was trying to calm her sleep-deprived child. In her desperation, she decided to warm her milk with Rooibos tea, in an attempt to relieve Lorinda’s allergies – it worked! Lorinda was able to sleep for 3 hours straight – something she had never achieved in the past – while unknowingly, Annique had founded a new movement that would see Rooibos tea rise to fame once more.
That same year, Dr. Theron published a book, aptly titled: Allergies: An Amazing Discovery, which not only discussed her own experiences with the wonder-brew, but likewise uncovered its true potential in a manner of different ways! Scientific Studies were quick to support her claims, and in time, her findings would help to define Rooibos tea as one of the healthiest beverages currently on the market! Here at the Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company, we thank her for her service!
Type of Tea: Flavoured Loose Leaf Rooibos (Aspalathus Linearis).
Origin: The Cederberg Region, South Africa.
Ingredients: Rooibos tea, Almond pieces, Pistachios, Orange peels, Coriander, Natural Flavouring, Pink Peppercorns. Contains Allergen: Nuts – Almonds.
Brewing Instructions: Brew using freshly boiled water and infuse for 8 to 10 minutes.
How to Serve: Consider adding honey or sugar to this beverage for extra flavour. However, this Rooibos tea is best served as it is.
Tasting Notes: The unmistakable scent of gingerbread wafts from your cup, long before you take your first sip. As you savour its strong flavours of Orange, the delectable tastes of gingerbread and Rooibos slowly seep through; each infusing together to create a heavenly concoction.
Colour in Cup: Red liquor with golden tints.
Health Benefits: Scientific studies have proven, time and time again, that Rooibos tea consumption is associated with numerous health benefits. These include: Improved cardiovascular health, relief from insomnia, asthma and eczema, as well as healthier skin! Further to this, Rooibos tea is completely caffeine free and low in tannins!
Contains Allergen: Nuts - almonds
Health PointsCholesterol, Digestive, Hydration, Relaxing, Weight Loss
Caffeine LevelDecaff (none)
Time of DayBreakfast, Lunchtime, Afternoon