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Rooibos tea

Cattus May 30, 2003 03:06 PM

I was scrolling through the posting on S. African restaurants and noticed someone mentioned Rooibos tea. The first time I smelled and tasted the stuff, it reminded me of dirt. Gradually though I came to like it and its touted as extremely healthy, much more so than green tea with more antioxidants, etc. If fact, it is not really tea, but some other kind of bush.

My question...there is tea shop on the corner Fairfax and Rosewood across from Eat-A-Pita that specializes in Rooibos but seems never to be open. Has anyone actually been to this place? How was it?

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    french roast Jan 15, 2007 08:57 AM

    I have been to the place on Fairfax, and I love it. The woman there is truly passionate about red tea, and can really fill you in on the health benefits, etc. They also have some great blends that I haven't seen anywhere else--the black cumin is my favorite. They also have honeybush tea. Persevere with the hours--it's worth it.

    1. Amanda Enclade Jan 14, 2007 04:17 PM

      If you like rooibos, try honeybush too. Sim ilar but different and very yummy and good for you. In the summer, we make big pitchers of rooibos/honeybush iced tea and it is delish and soooo refreshing. they sell honeybush at trader joes and whole foods and other health food stores.

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      1. re: Amanda Enclade
        missholmes Jan 15, 2007 01:53 AM

        We love honeybush! The first time I had it was in a place called Tea Palace in London, alas, it does not seem to be readily (easily) available here. Will have to try trader joe's! Is there a particular brand of honeybush they sell there to be on the lookout for?

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          Amanda Enclade Jan 15, 2007 04:12 PM

          it's trader joe's brand and it's organic

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        bulavinaka Jan 7, 2007 11:39 PM

        Try Ground Works (used to be Gourmet Coffee House) on Rose and 7th Ave in Venice. They carry it - might even be available in organic as well since alot of what they carry is organic. They are known for their fresh roasted coffee beans of all kinds but also carry alot of teas as well. The place doesn't look like much from the outside, but looks are definitely deceiving in their case.

        1. corydon Jan 6, 2007 05:08 PM

          I bought some loose rooibos at Tao of Tea in Portland last weekend and it is swell. There is also a flowery mix called Cape Town town they sell in tins. I am not exactly hippy vegan healthy about food but this stuff goes down pretty easy with vanilla soy milk.


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            llmoser Jan 6, 2007 03:37 PM

            You can add milk or cream to Rooibos and it does not curdle. This is not possible with many herbal teas, especially any with fruit flavors.

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              Alison B. May 31, 2003 02:42 PM

              I've never been to the rooibos place on Fairfax, but a link to their page is below (with hours!). I think I've also seen their tea at Trader Joe's.

              The rooibos blends from Republic of Tea are pretty good, and you can't go wrong with the Freshpak (available from the African Hut). Chado Tea Room on 3rd also sells looseleaf rooibos blends.

              Link: http://www.africanredtea.com/rooibost...

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              1. re: Alison B.
                missholmes Jan 13, 2007 11:29 AM

                will have to check this place out, do you know if they are still open? we bought some nice rooibos from Palais Des Thes last week but looking for Green Rooibos (unfermented), seems this store carries it.

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                Marco Polo May 31, 2003 01:24 AM

                As an alternative, I suggest going to Hugo's on Santa Monica Blvd, they have lots of Rooibos tea there.

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                1. re: Marco Polo
                  brekkie_fan Jan 14, 2007 07:36 AM

                  Hugo's is awesome for tea. I second that.

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