The red bush plant (rooibos in Afrikaans) is cultivated only in South Africa and produces a unique tea with a delicate vanilla aroma that is renowned worldwide for its quality and taste. Non-caffeinated, naturally sweet, and high in anti-oxidants, rooibos is known as the “long life” tea for its many beneficial properties. The Wupperthal Rooibos Original Cooperative is a leader in rooibos production, being one organizations who produce rooibos tea that is both organic and fair trade certified. Most rooibos is grown on large estates, but the Wupperthal cooperative supports small farmers and guarantees them a fair price for their harvest.
The village of Wupperthal, located in the Cedarberg Mountains, a semi-arid landscape of high, rocky plateaus at the southern end of the Kalahari Desert, is a perfect spot for growing rooibos and has a compelling history. Wupperthal village was founded by German Moravian missionaries in the late 1800s and was one of the few places that coloureds could find land and live freely. This region was also home to the Khoi-San people, who were indigenous to the area. The 170 small farmer members of the Wupperthal Rooibos Tea Cooperative are determined to preserve the culture of their ancestors. They have a commitment to care for the land they live on, which includes the sustainable harvest of the rooibos tea.
TopQualiTea supports this small scale farmers group, get organic and fair-trade certifications and exporting their teas into the fair-trade organic markets in EU and US. To support the farmers locale sales TQT developed the Wupperthal Brand retail teas in 6 flavours. These teas can be purchased in farm stalls and shops around the Wupperthal Clanwilliam area and here in Cape Town. www.topqualitea.co.za
Organic Rooibos Buchu
Only a tiny amount added dried Buchu leaves give the Rooibos tea some fresh taste and smell, perfectly to wake you up in the early morning. Buchu is like Rooibos one of the many plants forming the fynbos of South Africa’s Western Cape, only growing here and is cultivated for its distinctive aroma and medicinal purposes.
Organic Rooibos Chai Spice
Masala chai (“spiced tea”) is a beverage from the Indian subcontinent made by brewing tea with a mixture of aromatic Indian spices and herbs. By itself, chai is merely the generic word for tea in Hindi and many other languages around the world, and was adopted into British slang as “cha” or “char”. The added ginger and other spices give the Rooibos tea some warm and spicy taste nice in the cold evenings with milk and honey but also loved by many at any time of the day.
Organic Rooibos Honeybush
Honeybush is a caffeine-free herbal drink similar to Rooibos, but sweeter. This unique health drink is said to calm the nervous system, boost the immune system and is also rich in minerals such as iron and calcium. Used traditionally to teat coughs due to its content of pinitol, which is also known to lower blood sugar level.
Organic Rooibos Honeybush & Buchu
Combines the goodness of all three herbal teas that our South African fynbos has to offer. Rich on antioxidants, fully of honey flavour and the freshness of the Buchu it makes the perfect all the time drinkable tea.
Organic Rooibos Honeybush & Ginger
It was a request from the local communities to create a honeylike tasting tea with ginger. So we added an extra portion of Honeybush into this blend combining it with organic ginger. Ginger compounds are active against a form of diarrhea which is the leading cause of infant death in developing countries. Tea brewed from ginger is common folk remedy for colds.
Organic Rooibos Lemon
All the good of natural Wupperthal Organic Rooibos with a fresh hint of Lemon. A tiny drop of 100% organic lemon oil from local production is added to this variety. In one of the most comprehensive scientific investigations done yet, researchers at The Ohio State University revealed lemon oil aroma used in aromatherapy does not influence the human immune system, but may enhance mood.
Organic Rooibos Lemongrass
Lemongrass, home to temperate and tropical regions and also known as citronella grass gives the Rooibos tea its distinctive refreshing taste of lemon. In 2006 a research team from the Ben Gurion University in Israel found that Lemongrass (cymbopogon citratus) caused apoptosis (programmed cell death) in cancer cells. A substantial amount of Lemongrass is blended into this mix for a nice lemony taste.
Organic Rooibos Mint
Mint was originally used as a medicinal herb to treat stomach ache and chest pains, and it is commonly used in the form of tea as a home remedy to help alleviate stomach pain. Mixed with Rooibos it has a fresh but also very calming character easy drinkable at all times.
Organic Rooibos Natural
Wupperthal Rooibos tea is known in the industry for its best taste and quality. 100% fine leave cut in potbags with its distinctive taste of tannins contains many important minerals and antioxidants caffeine free and well suitable and refreshing around the clock. Try Rooibos tea cold, as ice tea or mixed with fruit juice as a nice summer refreshment. You can even bake and cook with Rooibos tea instead of water.
Organic Rooibos Orange
Can you imagine drinking rooibos in an orange field? Try Wupperthal Organic Rooibos with the intense flavour of orange. A tiny drop or 100% organic orange oil from local production is added to variety. Sweet orange oil is a by-product of the juice industry produced by pressing the peel. It is used as a flavoring of food and drink and for its fragrance in perfume and aromatherapy. Sweet orange oil consists of about 90% d-Limonene. Although once thought to cause renal cancer in rats, limonene now is known as a significant chemo preventive agent with potential value as a dietary anti-cancer tool in humans.
Organic Rooibos Spicy Orange
Combine the Chai with the Orange and you can smell the festive season approaching. Not only but during the whole year, hot or cold, you can enjoy the fresh but spicy strong flavour of this rooibos tea blend.
Organic Rooibos Vanilla
Our Vanilla Rooibos blend contains hand cut pieces of the vanilla beans to get the maximum taste out of this precious crop. It gives the Rooibos a very soft taste enhancing its natural vanilla like taste making it an ideal tea for all times of the day.