ISO Blood Orange and Rooibos teas
Does anyone have a favorite local source of either of these teas?
My favorite blood orange tea is from Adagio Teas, but I'd love to try something new. I haven't seen it at the fancier supermarkets, but perhaps a tea shop would have it?
Rooibos I'm less picky about and could get at Whole Foods if I had to, but would like to know what people consider the best in LA.
There's a rooibos store/cafe on Fairfax, but I've forgotten the name. The storefront is pretty vibrantly red though, and it's hard to miss. I believe it's just south of Melrose on the western side of the Fairfax.
T on Fairfax also sells several rooibos teas (and will also run it through the espresso machine for lattes, chai, and such), but I believe they're only making a small selection (about 15-20 of their 100ish teas) available for sale in tins.
The Rooibos Tea House/African Red Tea Imports
533 North Fairfax Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Telephone (323) 658-7832
Facsimile (323) 658-7765
(The website also has a link to a long pdf list of retailers all over the country who sell Rooibos, including a number in SoCal.)
It's a bit of a drive, but there's a South African retailer called "the African Hut" in Lagune Niguel that has a variety of rooibos and other SA products. The best part is, they have an online store.
The African Hut
27601 Forbes Rd
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
I just had a wonderful Rooibos at Chado in Pasadena today. I got the one called Rooibos Kimberley "Rooitea with Linden Blossoms, Orange, Lemon and rose petals in a refreshing beverage". They sell it for $1.49/oz. They have 11 varieties of Rooibos. There is also a location on 3rd street in LA.
I went to Chado on 3rd near La Cienega and got:
Vanilla decaf: this decaf black tea is going to be a lifesaver. I like to drink tea all day long, but have been looking for something that won't keep me awake all night. The vanilla is soft, sweet, and creamy without actually having any sugar or dairy in it. And it's still a "serious" enough black tea that die hard Chinese tea drinker SO will drink it.
Hawaiian: didn't like this so much. I got it because they ran out of pineapple and this was the only blend that included any pineapple. It smelled sweet and fruity, but basically looked and tasted like hibiscus tea once it was brewed. For the amount I paid, I could have gotten a sack of hibiscus tea at a Mexican market.
I'm waiting to try the orange/cranberry, but my fear is that it might be more cranberry than orange. Which would mean that it would again taste a lot like hibiscus tea.
So my hunt for rooibos has been successful, but the hunt for a blood orange tea continues.
Hey, Pei, after you've drunk a bunch of that Vanilla Decaf, would you mind reporting back on whether it still doesn't keep you awake? I've become very sensitive to caffeine over the last decade and my experience with most "decaf" black and green teas is that they still pack a punch, especially if you drink a lot*--but if the Chado tea is different, I would be delighted to know about it.
(*Actually, rooibos often makes me jumpy too, but that's a different story.)
Thanks for the report!
I drank a LOT yesterday, but I did brew it lighter than stated.
The guy told me four tablespoons for one quart of water, but that seemed excessive so I used two. It made a strong first brew, and then I used the same tea for two more brews just to have some flavored water to drink.
After dinner I did one tablespoon of tea with half a quart of water. He had a small cup last night and slept fine, but I'll force him to have more in the name of science!
Slept like a baby! But I do drink a big mug of strong regular coffee each and every morning, and can usually stand to have one coffee in the afternoon without losing any sleep.
What I should do is test it out on SO, who can't sleep if he has even a cup of tea in the evening. I'll let you know.