There are many benefits to drinking rooibos tea, among those is that it contains no caffeine. It is an ideal tea if you want to avoid caffeine or are sensitive to the chemical.
Possibly the best news is that rooibos tea tastes great and can be blended into delightful tea beverages. There truly is no reason not to try it.
Is Rooibos Decaffeinated?
Also called red tea, rooibos is a naturally caffeine-free herb from South Africa.
Like its relative the honeybush, rooibos has a bold taste which some compare to black tea. This makes it a popular caffeine-free alternative to regular black tea.
Rooibos is not decaf. The term “decaffeinated” refers to products which had caffeine, then went through a process to have most of the caffeine removed. Since rooibos is naturally caffeine-free, it can not be decaffeinated.
How to Drink Rooibos Tea
Making rooibos tea is simple though it’s best to give it a long steeping time. Many fans of this tea permit the leaves to steep in hot water for 5-7 minutes. Be patient with this one as the flavor gets better with every extra minute.
Like some black teas, rooibos is pleasant with milk and sugar.
Flavored rooibos blends (such as Earl Rooibos) can be used as a replacement for flavored black teas (such as Earl Grey).
Since rooibos resembles black tea, it’s also great to blend into other beverages.
Step beyond the basic cup of tea and try one of these recipes.
Red Rooibos Chai
A wonderful, caffeine-free version of chai tea, this recipe is definitely not short on flavor.
Raspberry & Rooibos Iced Tea – Skip the commercial iced teas with all their ingredients and mix up this delightful, simple summer season beverage.
Thai Iced Tea
Learn how to make a cold and velvety iced tea with this genuine recipe. While any tea will do, rooibos is the ideal caffeine-free alternative.
Borrachon Lemonade Cocktail – A real pleasure, this bourbon mixed drink begins with a homemade lemonade of rooibos and pomegranate that is delicious on its own.
Wild Turkey Sparkling Tea
Rooibos is our top suggestion for this light celebration punch that turns iced tea into an adults-only libation.
More Caffeine-Free Teas
Rooibos falls into the category of tisanes, or herbal teas. Unless you discover the very rare blend that blends rooibos with real tea leaves, you will not have to worry about caffeine. The same can be said for many other tisanes.
If you have a sensitivity to caffeine, be sure to read the ingredient list on any tea you buy. While it is typically accepted that tisanes contain caffeine-free herbs, the label ‘herbal tea’ is very common and can be used to denote blends that do contain caffeinated ingredients.