rooibos tea

How to Steep Red Tea

To appreciate this mineral-rich herbal tea from South Africa, preparation is of utmost importance. The Republic of Tea’s Minister of Fire & Water suggests the following step-by-step ritual for infusing Red Tea:

Heat Your Water

  • It begins with the water—the element that brings tea to its full potential. Fresh water yields a better cup. We recommend using filtered, spring or bottled water.
  • Fill your kettle with fresh, cold water and bring to a boil.
  • If you’re using a teapot, warm it first by swirling in a splash of steamy water and pour it out.
  • Plan on about one teaspoon of tea or one tea bag per six-ounce cup. If using whole leaf tea, place tea in infusing basket or teapot.

Time Your Steeping

Enjoy Your Red Tea

  • Remove the tea bag or infuser, or use a strainer for the leaves. Pour the steaming tea into a cup and let it cool for a moment.
  • Sip. Let the infusion please your palate. Enjoy the nuances, the complexity and character. This is drinking tea.