Q: What is red espresso®?

red espresso® is a delicious, full-flavoured espresso made from pure rooibos tea. It is naturally caffeine-free, loaded with antioxidants and layered with a golden crema. It has been specially ground under patent to an espresso grind so that it can be prepared – just like coffee – in a range of coffee appliances. It is the base of a range of delicious red drinks.

Q: Why is it called “red espresso®”?

The name ‘red espresso®’ describes the product itself: “red” refers to the distinctive colour of our espresso made from pure rooibos tea which is also known as red tea. “espresso” describes our new way of enjoying tea as an espresso.

Q: Where does red espresso® come from?

Rooibos only grows in one unique region in the world, in a 110km radius in the Cedarberg Mountains near Cape Town, South Africa, and nowhere else. We are committed to sourcing the best rooibos found there: that which grows at highest altitude on single estates. The red espresso® head office and manufacturing plant are in Paarl, South Africa. All product is manufactured, branded and packaged here.

Q: What other ingredients does red espresso® contain?

None. red espresso® contains only 100% pure espresso ground rooibos tea – ground to a globally patented cut. It contains no additives, preservatives or colourants.

Q: Is red espresso® decaffeinated?

No. red espresso® is made from 100% rooibos tea which is naturally caffeine-free.

Q: Is red espresso® Kosher?

Yes, red espresso® has been certified Kosher.

Q: Is red espresso® Halaal?

Yes, red espresso® has been certified Halaal.

Q: Why are hot red drinks served with honey and cinnamon?

red espresso® tastes best when served with honey and cinnamon which is why we have developed this as the signature ritual to how best to enjoy our drinks. Honey is also a healthier alternative to sugar which compliments the health properties of red espresso® . And cinnamon has its own health properties and adds an inviting, spicy aroma. See our café-style drinks recipes here.

Q: How many products are there in the red espresso® range?

red espresso® is available in Nespresso-compatible capsules compatible with all Nespresso machines. It is available in single serve soft pod and ground format for espresso machines. It is also available in ground format for use in aeropress, stove-top moka pots, French press and traditional filter machines. We have our own premium wild blossom honey – sourced from the Cape Floral Kingdom and the home of rooibos tea – in a 375ml squeeze bottle and in single-serve, easy-tear 8g sachets. Our red drinks are best enjoyed with honey. You can also try our instant rooibos red cappuccino sachets. So easy to use – simply add hot water, sit back and enjoy!

See our products range here.


Q: Is red espresso® coffee?

No, red espresso® is 100% rooibos tea that has been ground under patent to give you a coffee experience.

Q: Does red espresso® contain caffeine?

No, red espresso® is 100% rooibos tea which is naturally caffeine-free.

Q: Does red espresso® taste like coffee?

No, red espresso® is a taste that captures the pure essence of rooibos. A typical espresso,

red espresso® is well-rounded and strong in flavour with inherently sweet, woody undertones. Neither harsh nor bitter, red espresso® is refreshingly clean on the palate.

Q: Does red espresso® deliver a crema like coffee?

Yes. When prepared using an espresso appliance, red espresso® has a beautiful golden crema.

Q: Does red espresso® look like coffee beans?

No, red espresso® is made from rooibos tea leaves that have been ground under patent for use in espresso machines.

Q: Do I need to grind it before use?

No, red espresso® is produced for immediate use.

Q: Does it go stale like coffee?

No, red espresso® lasts for up to six months once opened. It should be stored in a cool, dry place and should not be refrigerated.

Q: Is red espresso® available in pods and capsules like coffee?

Yes! red espresso® is available in a single-serve soft pod as well as Nespresso®-compatible capsules. See our products range (show link)

Q: Can I make the same variety of drinks that I can with coffee?

Absolutely – and more! red espresso® is extremely versatile and can be used to make a range of delicious hot and cold café-style drinks.

Q: What is rooibos?

Rooibos (Aspalathus linearis) is a shrub that grows only in the mountains surrounding the Cedarberg in the Western Cape of South Africa. It was discovered hundreds of years ago by the ancient San who cut its needle-like green leaves and stems and left them to ferment in the sun. Once fermented, the tea, distinctively red in colour, lent the bush’s name to rooibos, meaning ‘red bush’. It is inherently sweet in flavour with earthy undertones. Rooibos has been enjoyed traditionally as a tea by generations of South Africans and, increasingly, by people all over the world. In 2005, red espresso® revolutionized rooibos by turning it into the world’s first tea espresso.

Q: How does red espresso® differ from regular rooibos?

TASTE: Just as coffee espresso is the essence of coffee, red espresso® captures the rich essence of rooibos tea and is ten times stronger in taste than an ordinary cup of rooibos. Ground to a finer, patented cut and prepared for use in espresso appliances that use steam and boiling water under pressure, more of the tea’s flavour is extracted, resulting in a richer, more full-bodied taste.

HEALTH: red espresso® is naturally caffeine-free and loaded with antioxidants. Research has confirmed that red espresso® contains 5 x more antioxidants than green tea and 10 x more antioxidants than regular rooibos (per ORAC measurements). This is because when prepared in appliances that use steam and boiling water under pressure, the health benefits of rooibos are extracted more effectively, including its antioxidants.

QUALITY: Even though rooibos grows only in one unique region, we are committed to sourcing the best rooibos found there – that which grows at highest altitude and is hand-harvested. Only this select rooibos makes the revolutionary red espresso® cut. Only by using this premium quality rooibos can red espresso® deliver on crema, taste and versatility.

COLOUR: red espresso® has a darker, richer red colour than traditionally brewed rooibos. The colour of rooibos in its raw format is also an indication of its flavour: rooibos that is of poorer quality – and grown at lower altitudes – is more yellow in colour and soapy in taste.

TEXTURE: Uniquely ground under patent, red espresso® is remarkably finer in its raw format than regular rooibos tea.

ADDED APPLICATIONS: red espresso® is an espresso product that can be used in a wide range of coffee appliances: Nespresso machines, espresso machines, stovetop espresso makers, French presses and filter machines.

VERSATILITY: There is no limit to the number of deliciously healthy red drinks you can make with red espresso®: from red cappuccinos and red lattes, to fresh red iced teas, chais, hot chocolates, milkshakes and more!

CREMA: red espresso® is characterised by a beautiful golden crema.

PATENT: 100% rooibos tea, red espresso® is refined under global patent to deliver an espresso complete with crema – something which a traditional rooibos tea bag can never deliver on. All our red drink names are registered around the world.

Q: Why is red espresso® good for me?

Made from 100% pure rooibos tea, red espresso® is naturally caffeine-free and full of the health benefits of rooibos – including powerful, immune-boosting antioxidants.

See our health page for more details.

Q: Does drinking red espresso® have any negative side-effects?

No. red espresso® is 100% pure and natural rooibos tea, with 0% caffeine and powerful antioxidants. There are no negative side-effects related to drinking Rooibos tea so there is no limit to how many red espresso® shots or red drinks you can enjoy. You can read more about the health benefits of red espresso® here.

Q: What are antioxidants?

Antioxidants are ‘free radical scavengers’ which prevent and repair damage caused by free radicals.

Free radicals are natural by-products of oxidation (when oxygen interacts with certain molecules) in the body. They are also triggered by factors including incorrect diet, pollution, exposure to chemicals, smoking and stress.

They are defined as atoms or groups of atoms with an odd (unpaired) number of electrons, which are highly reactive. They attack healthy cells and start a chain reaction, like dominoes. They are especially dangerous when they interact with important cellular components like DNA or the cell membrane. Cells may function poorly or die if this occurs and such irreversible damage can lead to degenerative diseases like cancer and heart disease.

Q: Is red espresso® safe during pregnancy?

Yes, it is 100% safe because it contains no caffeine. It is also good for you and baby with its numerous health benefits and powerful anti-oxidants.

Q: Is red espresso® safe for kids to drink?

Yes, it is 100% safe and also very good for them to drink because, apart from its 0% caffeine content, it is rich in the renowned health benefits of rooibos tea and powerful immune-booting anitoxidants.

Q: What flavours are there in the red espresso® capsule collection?

There are 5 deliciously healthy flavours to choose from: Original, Intenso, Vanilla, Caramel and Chai.

Q: Is there caffeine in red espresso® capsules?

No. red espresso® is made from 100% rooibos tea which is naturally caffeine-free.

Q: Are all the red espresso® flavour capsules sugar free?

Yes. All red espresso® flavours are sugar free.

Q: Do all the red espresso® capsules contain antioxidants?

Yes, there are powerful antioxidants in all of our red espresso® capsules.

Q: Are red espresso® capsules compatible with all Nespresso® machines?

Yes. red espresso® capsules are 100% compatible with all Nespresso® machines.

Q: Can red espresso® capsules damage my Nespresso machine?

No, they cannot. They have been carefully manufactured to be 100% compatible.

Q: What is the best way to make red espresso®?

Run a shot of water – without a capsule inserted – through the machine into your cup. This helps to clean the machine (especially when switching between coffee and red espresso®), warms your cup and ensures the best tasting red espresso®. Enjoy it straight up, add milk for cappuccinos and lattes, fruit juice to make a real, homemade iced tea, or add it to your morning smoothie. We recommend you run a shot of water – without a capsule inserted – through the machine after making red espresso® so as to rinse out any remaining flavours.

Q: How long can I store my capsules for?

Your red espresso® capsules can be kept until the best-before date shown on the box.