Indigenous to the Cederberg

Rooibos grows in one place and one place only: the Cederberg Mountains in South Africa’s Western Cape province. Four hours (approximately 250-kilometres / 155 miles) north of Cape Town and spanning a radius of 110-kilometres (approximately 60 miles), the Cederberg forms part of The Cape Floristic Region: the smallest but richest of only six floral kingdoms in the world. The converging currents of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans, which meet at the tip of Africa, render this area an environmentally unique and highly biodiverse region with myriad plant species, including rooibos, growing here and nowhere else.

The rooibos plant

The rooibos plant grows up to 1.5m (5ft) in height. Its thin branches carry bright green, waxy, needle-like leaves, and small yellow flowers in spring. A sturdy plant, rooibos has adapted to the region’s coarse, rocky soil and hot, dry summers. In addition to a network of roots just below the soil surface, it has a long taproot that grows as deep as 3m (10 ft) and enables the plant to access subterranean moisture throughout the harsh Summer months. 

Altitude, soil chemistry, microclimates and surrounding vegetation all affect and contribute to the quality of rooibos harvested

Growing the plant as close to nature as possible helps rooibos to retain its genetic integrity and result in superior quality rooibos that delivers on ultimate taste, colour, and aroma.

The next morning the tea is sprayed out over the tea court and left to dry for a few hours. Once the rooibos is completely dry, it is collected in bags and sent to be steam sterilized.

The healthiest coffee alternative

Since 2005, red espresso has pioneered a tastier, even healthier way of experiencing South Africa’s best-loved beverage. By grinding the plant to a powdery consistency and extracting it under pressure, red espresso has created an uber-healthy herbal tea that acts and drinks like coffee and is packed to the rafters with antioxidants. red espresso’s signature red cappuccino has won many international awards as a naturally caffeine-free alternative to coffee. Find it in good cafés and retailers, worldwide.

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