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How to Make Red Espresso Tea: Antioxidant Rich Rooibos Tea

Updated on July 13, 2017

Enjoy your favorite Rooibos tea in a brand new way - Espresso style!

Red espresso tea or rooibos espresso is a tantalizing tea sensation that is making it's way around the world. Rooibos tea originated in South Africa and has been used for some time in making red tea espressos and red tea lattes. Recently a company has patented the name Red Espresso and has developed a grind of concentrated rooibos tea that works perfectly for all types of espresso machines, as well as a line of signature red espresso drinks that are certainly tea-licious!

I will be providing information on how to make the best red tea espresso, what machines or processes work the best, as well as some fine varieties of rooibos teas to try (and buy) for making your own red espresso tea. Come back often to discover the latest secrets to making a fantastic red espresso tea! Welcome and Enjoy!

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Organic South African Rooibos Loose Leaf Tea
Organic South African Rooibos Loose Leaf Tea

My first preference in teas is to find an organic version because it is better for me and the environment (yeah I'm an eco geek). This Organic Rooibos is a good choice because the price is actually much cheaper than other organic Rooibos and the flavor is rich and smooth


Rooibos Tea Facts:

Much more than great taste!

•Rooibos (pronounced roy-boss) only grows in one region in the world - the 110km region around the Cederberg Mountains north of Cape Town South Africa.

•Rooibos is caffeine-free; free of oxalic acid, colorants, and preservatives - 100% organic; low in tannin, replenishes iron, boosts the immune system, and is very high in anti-oxidants.

•Research has shown that the espresso form of rooibos is four times richer in anti-oxidants because of the grinding process in an espresso machine.

Cederberg Range, South Africa
Cederberg Range, South Africa
Rooibos Teas Sampler
Rooibos Teas Sampler

If you haven't tried Rooibos tea yet buying a sampler is a great way to start. This sample pack from Adagio teas starts you off with 4 varieties mango, earl grey, vanilla as well as plain 'ol Rooibos


Loose Leaf Rooibos Tea for Tea Espresso - Try making your own rooibos tea espresso!

Red Espresso is a patented pre-ground rooibos tea, but really you can use any loose leaf rooibos tea to make a tea espresso and people have been experimenting with tea espressos for years. You can use loose leaf rooibos tea or try to grind the leaves using an espresso grinder - then just brew it like you would any espresso and start making your own rooibos espresso drinks!

Try these featured rooibos teas or experiment with your own, have fun, good luck and enjoy!

Teas Etc Green Rooibos Organic Loose Leaf Rooibos 3 oz.
Teas Etc Green Rooibos Organic Loose Leaf Rooibos 3 oz.

If you like the traditional taste of tea you might like to start with a green rooibos as the flavor is a bit milder more like a green tea. This is another organic variety that is also Kosher plus Tea's Etc is a carbon free company so more environmental good karma

Teavana Rooibos Chai Loose-Leaf Rooibos Tea, 4oz
Teavana Rooibos Chai Loose-Leaf Rooibos Tea, 4oz

I love chai so a chai made from Rooibos tea was a great find. This Rooibos chai from Teavana is a winner - Teavana is a wonderful tea shop (we've got one not too far from our house) and this Rooibos chai with hints of ginger, cinnamon, vanilla, lemongrass and cardamom is just sublime


How to Make Red Espresso Tea

The basis for all espresso tea drinks is the double shot - here are a couple ways to make that espresso shot with various machines.

Buy Red Espresso Rooibos Online - Red Espresso Ground Rooibos Tea, 8.8-Ounce Pouches

Red Espresso Ground Rooibos Tea, 8.8-Ounce Pouches (Pack of 2)
Red Espresso Ground Rooibos Tea, 8.8-Ounce Pouches (Pack of 2)

"I used a real espresso machine and it made an excellent rooibos espresso. A very good substitute for coffee espresso if you are trying to cut caffeine."

"I used a Racillio Silvia espresso machine. I've tried making both hot (Red Lattes, Red Cappuccinos, Red Americano) and cold (Iced Red, Red Fresh) drinks with good results. My favourite so far is the Iced Red."


  1. Espresso Machine:

    First, make sure your espresso machine is clean - coffee flavored tea is not the sensation we are going for here trust me.

    Second, scoop 2 tablespoons (12g) of Red Espresso or your own ground rooibos into the double filter basket.

    Third, Express a double shot - this is the basis for your espresso tea drink! Kapow, just like that!

    Red Espresso Brewing Tips:

    - Do not tamp. Just level.

    - Pre-infuse by wetting the grounds and wait ~15 seconds before brewing.

  2. French Press:

    First, again make sure your French press is clean - espresso tea yum, tea/coffee not so yum.

    Second, scoop 2 tablespoons (12g) per cup of Red Espresso or your own rooibos into the cylinder.

    Third, fill the cylinder with hot water (just under boiling for best results).

    Forth, stir gently and set the french press on top of the cylinder without pushing down to retain the heat.

    Fifth, allow the rooibos to brew for a few minutes, and then press down the french press slowly. Presto-chango you are ready to make your drink!

More Information on Red Tea Espresso - Satisfy your curiosity about rooibos espresso

Find Espresso grinders for sale and make your own red tea espresso - for best results look for a burr grinder so the tea is ground uniformly.


Adagio Teas triniTEA Electric Tea Maker - This is the perfect tea maker for tea espresso drinks!

Adagio Teas triniTEA Electric Tea Maker - This is the perfect tea maker for tea espresso drinks!A simple way to make loose tea or rooibos! Adagio Teas electric tea maker is the way to go. No need to have multiple tea making devices. This baby does it all - heats water, steeps leaves, and keeps tea warm to enjoy all day long. Variable timer and temperature control lets you adjust the strength of an infusion, ensuring a perfect cup of tea each time. Works well with all tea varieties.

And you know what? I'll tell you what, with this fine tea maker you can use any style of tea in your tea espresso! Just set your timer for the strength of your choice and kapow - minutes later you mix your tea latte and enjoy one heck of a tasty treat! See the video below for some great espresso tea ideas.

Red Espresso Machines for Sale - Make your red tea espresso in style!

If you are going to make your own red espresso tea you may as well do it in style with a red espresso maker - what better way to enjoy the ambiance of a fine Rooibos espresso tea! More detailed espresso machine reviews will be coming soon, but for now try grabbing a great deal on one of these currently for sale.

As always I welcome your thoughts, ideas and input. Take a bit of time and write up a hey ho how's it going. And while you're at it what is your favorite Red Espresso drink?

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      Rusty Quill 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hello Laurel - good question, and you'll have to experiment to find out. :) I haven't tried the vanilla rooibos full leaf tea you mentioned. I'm guessing all brands will be slightly different even if they are all rooibos tea. Plus the addition of the vanilla will change the flavor profile from a straight rooibos. When you try Red Espresso let me know how they differ. :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hello, I just recently converted my tastes from coffee to tea and love it. Now, I've made Vanilla Roobious Full Leaf tea into a latte. So, my question is how different is the red tea espresso from the Full Leaf Tea? Please email your answer

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      SororPeregrina 5 years ago

      I've been drinking rooibos for donkey's years, and I'm always up for a new way to brew it. Thanks!

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      miaponzo 6 years ago

      Wow! Thanks! I have never heard of this before! Blessed!

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      Rusty Quill 6 years ago

      @PromptWriter: Yes it does sound strong doesn't it, I guess the connotations of espresso might be misleading. I don't know that espresso tea is any stronger than regular tea - at least it tastes nice and smooth and not overly strong.

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      Moe Wood 6 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      Oy! Too rich for my blood. LOL

      "rich" probably isn't the right term. "strong" perhaps.

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      Jimmie Lanley 7 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      Quite interesting. I am a die-hard coffee fan. But a cup of tea is nice at times too. So I would definitely TRY this.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Wow, what an excellent and unique idea! I definitely want to give this a sounds delicious. I'm a huge fan of rooibos tea. Come by and check out my own rooibos lens at Buy Rooibos when you get a chance.

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      mgtidaho 8 years ago

      What a great idea. I made Tiramisu with Rooibos tea instead of coffee. I tried it with Rooibos Pumpkin and Rooibos Spicy Chai. Both turn out really good. The Red Rooibos Latte sounds good.

      The first video has very good content.

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      John Parr 8 years ago from Montreal

      I had this type of tea in the past, I love it BTW, but I didn't know one could make espresso tea. I wonder how my tips on making espresso using a stop will work with this tea? let me know if you can. Anyway, excellent lens and great info. Lensroled and rated.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I tried that TriniTea electric tea maker you recommended and it is the best gift I've ever given myself - I love it! It works great for the rooibos espresso you mentioned, my favorite is still oolong tea but the rooibos latte is quite nice. Thanks Rusty!

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      ElizabethJeanAl 9 years ago

      Welcome to the Totally Awesome Lenses Group.


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      KimGiancaterino 9 years ago

      Rooibos tea has many health benefits. I will definitely try some soon. Welcome to Culinary Favorites From A to Z.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I'm so glad you wrote about rooibos espresso tea I've been looking for how to make it with my own red bush tea for so long - And you are right it is super easy to make and I'm totally hooked on it now. :)

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      HealthNuts LM 9 years ago

      Hey, fun info, I don't know what my favorite red espresso drink is yet, but those ones in the video topped with cinnamon and honey sure look yum!

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      tropicalteaco 9 years ago

      I gotta try this!!!