The incredible health benefits of our special rooibos

The incredible health benefits of our special rooibos

Whether you’re a coffee drinker looking to cut down on caffeine, pregnant and don’t want to give up your favourite cappuccino, or conscious about living a healthier life, red espresso® Rooibos is an easy, delicious way to add colour and health to your day. Here’s why...

Naturally caffeine-free

red espresso® Rooibos is 100% pure Rooibos tea specially ground for use on coffee appliances to make a range of café-style Rooibos drinks, just like coffee.

Naturally caffeine-free and sugar free, it is a great alternative to coffee and sugar based drinks like hot chocolate. Perfect for the whole family to enjoy, anytime of the day or night.

Unlike black and green teas, Rooibos is, in the strictest sense, not a tea but a tisane (herbal tea) and is naturally caffeine free (not decaffeinated). This means it is safe and healthy for children, babies, pregnant and breast-feeding moms to enjoy too – and makes red espresso® Rooibos a suitable and excellent choice for anyone looking to avoid or cut out caffeine.

According to research, a few major benefits of avoiding caffeine include:

  • Lowering blood pressure
  • Reducing the risk of cardiac events
  • Increasing the quality of your sleep
  • Enhancing better moods (no crashes in the afternoon)
  • Decreased anxiety
  • Fewer headaches
  • Reducing work stress

In fact, red espresso® Rooibos is known to have the opposite effect to caffeine: It contains powerful antioxidants that help to calm the central nervous system – helping you to relax and also to ensure a good night’s sleep – as well as soothing headaches, hypertension and irritability and improving concentration.

5 x more antioxidants than green tea

Antioxidants help fight free radicals in the body. Free radicals are natural by-products of oxidation (when oxygen interacts with certain molecules) in the body but they are also triggered by factors including incorrect diet, pollution, exposure to chemicals, smoking and stress. Antioxidants are measured in ORAC’s (Oxygen Radical Absorbency Capacity) and their ORAC value is a single number that reflects a food’s ability to reduce free radicals in the body. 

red espresso® Rooibos meets a significant part of the ideal ORAC requirement for your day – with 4720 protective ORACS per 60ml double shot. As researched by the Antioxidant Research Unit at INFRUITEC, one 60ml shot of red espresso® Rooibos has the same amount of antioxidants as 5 cups of green tea, 1 cup of blueberries, 6 cups of beetroot juice or 20 cups of carrot juice. It also has 10 X more antioxidants than traditionally brewed rooibos tea (per ORAC measurements).


10 x more antioxidants than regular rooibos tea

red espresso® Rooibos is an antioxidant powerhouse. Because of its finer cut and espresso method of preparation, scientific tests have proven that red espresso® Rooibos has 10 times more antioxidants than traditionally-brewed rooibos tea. This means that, in addition to its taste, the health benefits of rooibos are concentrated tenfold in red espresso® – making it the healthiest, most powerful Rooibos tea available.

Containing 10 x more of the powerful antioxidant Aspalathin – found only in Rooibos – and flavonoids including a mimic of the super antioxidant enzyme Super-Oxide Dismutase (SOD), red espresso® Rooibos has a range of powerful health benefits:









  • Boosting your immune system
  • Protecting your heart
  • Age-defying
  • Detoxing
  • Protecting your cells against diseases like cancer
  • Helps soothe headaches
  • Has a relaxing effect on the central nervous system
  • Has antispasmodic properties and alleviates insomnia and irritability
  • Acts as a digestive aid
  • Helps with the relief of stomach cramps, ulcers, nausea, heartburn and constipation
  • Has antiallergenic and anti-asthmatic properties. It is believed to be helpful in the management of hay fever and eczema
  • Helps to calm infants and eases colic in babies

A shot a day may just help keep the doctor away. And you can do it in effortless, delicious style

A potent immune system booster
Over the years, extensive research has indicated that Rooibos is believed to be a potent immune system booster with:

  • anti-viral
  • anti-carcinogenic and
  • anti-aging properties

Naturally sweet without the sugar
Rooibos is inherently sweet, low in calories, and can be enjoyed without sugar – making it an ideal choice for diabetics or people on calorie-restricted diets.

Low in tannin
Rooibos has low tannin content, so is not bitter-tasting like other teas. It also means that absorption of iron and proteins into the body is less affected, making it particularly good for pregnant women and people who are anaemic

No oxalic acid
Rooibos contains no oxalic acid (a toxic acid found in certain plants) and is therefore a good choice for those prone to kidney stones.

A great fluid replacement
Rooibos is a non-diuretic, i.e. a fluid replacement, so there is no limit to how much you can have in a day

With so many incredible health benefits, isn’t it time you made red espresso® Rooibos part of your daily routine?

Disclaimer: The information on this blog is for educational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. If you are experiencing symptoms or need health advice, please consult a healthcare professional.

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Kirsty Reid

Kirsty, Monique’s sister, joined red espresso® in 2008 after years of graphic design and art direction on glossy magazines. In addition to being an incredible design talent who has had a fundamental impact on our brand’s look and feel, she has also championed our e-Commerce and Customer Service departments alongside Monique. This has made her a very familiar face to our many customers who have come to know and enjoy their time with her over the years! Kirsty also teaches yoga and volunteers part-time at the Ashia Cheetah Sanctuary in Paarl.