“Masala Chai” simply means “mixed-spice tea” – though this version contains no tea, and therefore no caffeine. Rooibos boasts rich earthy and vanilla tones which amplify ginger, cinnamon and vanilla flavors. The aromas wafting out of this cup are fantastic, spicy enough to wake you up without any need for caffeine.
Mild and forgiving, it is impossible to over-steep rooibos, and it is excellent with sugar, honey, milk, nut milks, fruits, etc.
Rooibos, or “red bush,” is native to the western coast of South Africa, and it has been harvested from the wild for millennia. Only recently has it been cultivated, but with a high reputation as a cheap and delicious caffeine-free tea alternative, in less than 100 years its popularity has spread to every continent. Rooibos is frequently used to substitute tea in herbal blends. The tiny leaves have a malty sweetness reminiscent of black tea, but also a variety of their own unique accents, with strawberry, honey, and vanilla notes, as well as earthy and tobacco undertones.
Steeping Time – 7 Minutes
Water Temp – 212 F
Rooibos leaves, ginger root, cinnamon, green cardamom, ginger and vanilla flavors.