Tea Total – Tea
Earl Grey Teas
100 grams will make around 40 cups of Earl Grey tea. These teas require 1 level to 1 heaped teaspoon per cup depending on the strength you enjoy. All should be infused for 3 minutes
Rooibos Tea (or Red Bush tea) is unique to the Cederberg region of the Western Cape of South Africa. It is the only place that it is grown in the world. This small shrub has needle like leaves and fine stems with tiny yellow flowers, much like our Broom. Rooibos, unlike the name suggests, grows as a green plant, only changing to red once harvested and dried. The Rooibos Tea farmer can expect his first harvest after one and a half years. After three years the bushes will be in full production.
Harvest time is during the summer and early autumn. Branches are cut by hand and transported to the certified production lines where they are cut to pieces of about 5mm. Next, the tea is wet thoroughly and bruised. The tea is then placed in fermentation heaps and allowed to sweat or ferment for 8 to 24 hours. After this the tea is dried in the sun on special yards. The dried teas are then sifted and delivered to the Rooibos Tea Board. Samples are tested by the Board for quality control and grading. The tea is also subjected to a very strict micro-biological test before being sent to distributors.