Rooibos can be translated loosely as “red bush”, which is a slightly misleading name, since this plant is green with yellow flowers. It is evident that this does not refer to the tea, nevertheless it is frequently associated with the tea due to the similar preparation method and certain shared medicinal properties such as antioxidant effects. The Rooibos plant, which with only few exceptions grows exclusively in South Africa, gains its typical red colour during the oxidation process, during which the typical sweet taste of this “non-tea” is formed.
People in China drink Ku Ding Cha in place of classic green tea, despite the fact that this is not an actual tea (Camellia sinensis), but a herb. The word Cha in the name is thus somewhat misleading. We also see in the name the word "Ku", which means "bitter" and "Ding", which is a Pinyin transcription of the Chinese character which looks like a point.
The term Chai Masala can be loosely translated from the original Hindi as “spiced tea”. This Indian beverage has always been regarded rather as a medicinal drink, nevertheless in the present age of chemical drugs it is now considered rather as a stimulant. This is a harmoniously balanced blend of teas, herbs and spices, whilst the ingredients themselves however differ markedly from manufacturer to manufacturer. In the case of our Chai Masala this is a black Assam TGFOP tea, with an addition of cinnamon, hawthorn leaves, pieces of ginger, clover, black pepper, cardamom and a range of other ingredients.
Yerba maté is without doubt one of the most popular South American beverages. Drinking of Yerba maté has become a ritual in the culture of the original inhabitants of South America. It is traditionally drunk in groups, within the family or at meetings of friends, during which the group frequently shares both the calabus (a vessel traditionally made from pumpkin) and the bombil (a traditional straw). At present the largest producers of maté are Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. Maté supports the function of the kidneys, strengthens the immune system and stabilises blood sugar levels.
Lovers of sweet beverages should not overlook this Rooibos with the flavour of chocolate pralines. Few are able to resist the aroma and taste of fine chocolates which melt on the tongue. The aroma of chocolate pieces and other sensual ingredients is accompanied by the delicate, sour-sweet aroma of the African Rooibos bush. The taste of the resulting beverage is thus very delicate, fruity, sour-sweet, lightly spicy, all wrapped in a dominant, creamy chocolate coating.
According to growers, Honeybush stimulates appetite and lactation in breastfeeding mothers and also has a range of anti-oxidant and anti-viral properties. The plant contains virtually no caffeine and a very small amount of tannin, as a result of which it is sought out by people suffering with complaints of the cardiovascular system and digestion problems. During preparation the sweet taste can be further heightened by very light simmering for several minutes.
We always prepare this seasonal tea blend at the end of summer, and it is sought out by customers right until the end of winter. Because it comes onto the market during the Christmas season, it is often called “Christmas tea” by customers. Since time immemorial the aroma of oranges and cinnamon has been associated with the coming of Christmas.