Original Ground red espresso® - Rooibos espresso tea

Our signature ground Rooibos

Rich, full-bodied Rooibos strength and flavour

Make South Africa’s much-loved red cappuccino® and red latte® with our signature ground Rooibos. 100% premium Rooibos tea that has been specially ground for use in coffee appliances, it delivers a strong, full-bodied Rooibos espresso that is the base for all of our red drinks.

  100% premium mountain Rooibos
  Slow grown on single estates
  Pre-ground and ready to use
  Food Review Best New Product 2006 South Africa
  SCAA Best New Product 2008 USA
  World Tea Expo Top 10 2008 USA
  Easy to make on an espresso machine using our customised RCP basket or a standard double filter basket
  Also suitable for use on an AeroPress or French Press
  Not suitable for use in super automatic machines or bean-to-cup machines
  Also available in 8g soft pods that fit into a standard pod filter basket
  View our beverage portfolio for a range of hot and cold red espresso® drinks recipes for your café
  Kosher certified
  Halaal certified

  Frequently asked questions

*free sample available for wholesale customers only - one per customer

Made from 100% Rooibos tea (Aspalathus Linearis).

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  Naturally caffeine-free
  A potent antioxidant boost of flavoursome tea
  5x more antioxidants than green tea
  10x more antioxidants than regular Rooibos tea
  CANSA Smart Choice
  Immune boosting
  No additives, preservatives or colorants
  Low in tannin

What our registered dietician has to say: "Rooibos tea is naturally caffeine-free and is a wonderful source of antioxidants which can help to reduce risk of diseases such as heart disease and cancer. The most nutritious, antioxidant-rich component of rooibos tea, however is the actual leaves. Drinking rooibos tea in the traditional way filters out the leaves and therefore only small amounts of antioxidants actually enter the hot water. The red espresso® Ground Rooibos is made from 100% rooibos tea leaves which allows you to really get all of the health benefits of this amazing tea by consuming the whole leaves in powdered form. The red espresso® Ground Rooibos can be used to make a variety of café-style beverages, such as cappuccinos, lattes or espressos and can even be used as an ingredient in desserts and smoothies."

For best results Dedicate a group head and porta handle to our ground Rooibos and use our Red Crema Plus (RCP) basketUsing a dedicated group head and porta handle prevents any coffee and tea flavours mixing. Our RCP basket ensures best extraction, flavour and crema every time by slowing the pour and removing the need to pre-infuse. Alternatively, dedicate a porta handle and rinse the group head when switching between coffee and our ground rooibos. You can also make our ground rooibos using your standard double filter basket and manually pre-infusing.

Using our RCP basket

  1. Scoop 14g red espresso® Rooibos (one level scoop) into RCP basket
  2. No need to tamp
  3. Express double shot (60ml/2oz)

View our barista rooibos® recipe card here

Using a standard double filter basket

  1. Scoop 14g red espress Rooibos (one level scoop) into standard double filter basket
  2. No need to tamp
  3. Manually pre-infuse to draw out flavour and a better crema:
  • Start expressing and stop when the pour starts
  • Wait 10 seconds
  • Express double shot (60ml/2oz)

Make it on an AeroPress

  1. Scoop 14g red espresso® Rooibos
  2. Fill with hot water
  3. Stir gently
  4. Allow to brew for 1 minute
  5. Plunge

    Make it on your French Press

    1. Use 12g (two table spoons) of red espresso® Rooibos per cup
    2. Top with just-boiled water
    3. Stir gently and allow to brew for 2 – 3 minutes
    4. To adjust the strength add more red espresso® ground Rooibos

      Make it on your Stovetop Moka Pot

      1. Fill the filter basket evenly leaving enough space for our red espresso®  Rooibos to expand
      2. Place on a medium heat and allow to percolate

      Customer Reviews

      Based on 29 reviews

      Original Ground red espresso® - Rooibos espresso tea

      Excellent source of antioxidants and great tasting

      Love this pure strong taste of Rooibos!

      Excellent customer service. Highly recommend.

      Thank you for your excellent customer service. We are great fans of Red Espresso and we’re thrilled at how easily and quickly our product arrived with all the difficulties during covid-19 restrictions. Many thanks.

      Love Red Espresso

      It’s my favorite tea. Not only the bold flavor of Rooibos but the versatility of its use.

      BEST tea in the world, for a good cause!

      I have loved rooibos for years now, recently I was scouting the internet for pure rooibos tea, I didn’t want a blend or anything polluted with other herbs, just rooibos. I stumbled across Red Espresso and was excited to learn about their brand and what they do for local communities growing the tea and creating a community around its cultivation that is centered around fair standards, wages, and practices. I went straight for the 2.2lb bag. Yes, SURE it is a little more expensive than what you would find at the grocery store, but it also happens to be the most flavorful rooibos I’ve ever tasted, it lasts an incredibly long time, it supports local communities in South Africa, and that alone is reason enough for me to pay around 50 bucks (after shipping) for this product. Very pleased with how quickly it came as well (2 days) and the info they send along with the tea on how to blend it with fruit juice, alcohol, or honey for a wide variety of drinks and combinations I didn’t even know existed. I’d only drank rooibos hot and plain before this, but I recently tried it iced made in a French press and feel in love with the unique experience, as well as blending it with juices. Thank you Red Espresso for all you do for your community and all you do with quality teas!

      Thank you, Mark, for bringing a tear to our eyes and a huge smile to our faces. Your feedback means the world to us. This is precisely what get’s us up in the morning (aside from a nice cup of Red Espresso, of course). We love our job and we work really hard hoping to achieve pretty much exactly everything you mentioned in your review. So you just made our day!

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