4 Reasons to Drink Rooibos Tea Instead of Decaf

Today I thought I should discuss a tea I haven't talked about previously for the Tea of the Week. Rooibos tea is actually an herbal infusion, meaning it does not come from the tea plant (like oolong, black, green, and white teas), but is a different plant entirely.

Serendipitea secret garden tea

However rooibos is one of the most popular herbal infusions (tisanes) being sold and drank today. (Think of rooibos as drinking Chamomile "tea" and Dandelion "tea.") It is grown in South Africa, and is often called "red tea," due to the color of the dry leaves and of the tea upon infusion.

Rooibos tea doesn't contain caffeine, and is a great alternative to decaf tea, which always contains trace amounts of caffeine. I like to enjoy tea all day long so in the evenings I reach for rooibos. Below are a few reasons I prefer rooibos over anything decaf:

1. Rooibos tea is naturally caffeine-free, and it grows that way. In decaf tea, there are still trace amounts of caffeine. 

2. One method tea is decaffeinated is by shooting acids through the leaves, yikes!

3. Rooibos tea is mega-rich in antioxidants. 

4. Rooibos tea has a natural spicy and sweet flavor, needing no sweet additives.

Serendipitea secret garden tea

Serendipitea "Secret Garden" rooibos tea 

Type: Rooibos tea blend

Listed Ingredients: Rooibos tea, peppermint, rose, lavender chamomile

Temperature: 200 degrees Farenheit (slightly below boiling)

Infusion: 5 minutes 

Brewing: Teapot

Serendipitea secret garden tea

I loved Serendipitea's "Secret Garden" rooibos blend. The flavors of the added flowers don't overpower the rooibos taste. The peppermint and lavender definitely come through in this tea, but the most dominant flavor to me was the rose. It was oh-so-smooth and delicious! I encourage you to try this blend if you've never had rooibos tea before, or shop Serendipitea's selection of tisanes teas here. 

SerendipiTea Moroccan Mint Tea

Type: Green tea blend (China)

Listed Ingredients: Green tea, peppermint, spearmint

Temperature: 180 degrees Farenheit (well below boiling)

Infusion: 3 minutes 

Brewing: Teapot

SerendipiTea Organic Moroccan Mint Tea
SerendipiTea Organic Moroccan Mint Tea

Mint tea is a staple in Arabian countries as well as parts of Islamic Africa and Spain. Traditionally this tea is prepared by infusing Gunpowder green tea (China), and then fresh mint leaves are added alongside generous spoons of sugar. However, SerendipiTea has created a blend that does the work for you, a perfect marriage of green tea and mints in a loose leaf tea.

Each culture has their own particular tea rituals. For the Japanese, it's matcha being passed in a shared bowl. For the Chinese, oolong tea is prepared in small Gong Fu teapots. In Morocco however, the tea ceremony consists of tea being poured into glasses from a height of 2-3 feet! The method is used to produce foam on the tea. You can read more about the Moroccan tea ritual here.

SerendipiTea Organic Moroccan Mint Tea

I like to enjoy this tea after dinner. Mint promotes healthy digestion and green tea is packed with antioxidants. SerendipiTea's Organic Moroccan Mint tea is all natural and organic. The spearmint flavor really comes through strongly in this tea. Not to mention, mint tea is absolutely delicious either hot or iced.

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SerendipiTea Organic Moroccan Mint Tea

Monk's Tea

Type: Green and black tea blend

Listed Ingredients: Black tea, green tea, vanilla pods

My Hunch: Grenadine, possibly bergamot

Temperature: 200 degrees Farenheit (slightly below boiling)

Infusion: 3 minutes 

Brewing: Teapot

Palais des Thes "Thes des Moines" tea
Palais des Thes "Thes des Moines" tea
Palais des Thes "Thes des Moines" tea

Le Palais des Thés "Thés des Moines" tea

Traditionally, Monk's tea is a recipe that marries black tea with vanilla and grenadine. Just like an "Earl Grey" (black tea + bergamot), Monk's tea can have variations from the base recipe. Although Le Palais des Thés' recipe is secret, I see some flowers in the dry leaves and am guessing they are calendula. I also taste some bergamot, but it is not listed as an ingredient.

This particular blend mixes black tea together with green tea for a unique tea base. The other flavors are extremely well balanced and make a beautiful cup of a twist on Monk's tea. The taste is a little floral, with a hint of sharp citrus, and a slight sweetness.