Caffeine-free - it’s a key reason why the western world drinks infusions.

But what is caffeine and why should we be caffeine-free sometimes instead of supercharging?

It's an organic compound. It stimulates the CNS, a cognitive enhancer in fact [& why students drink more coffee at exams]. Proven to enhance physical performance too. But many can correlate insomnia with caffeine taken too late in the day and too much is considered bad for the health.

Here’s a fascinating thing - caffeine's feisty role in nature is unsurprisingly brilliant too - it’s found in leaves, nuts [e.g. cola], seeds and fruits. Why? It can protect a nut from being eaten by a predator. Persuade a bee to pollinate. Stop a competing plant from germinating.

Reason enough to try caffeine-free!


Cape Colony Honeybos Herbal Tea Pouch 100g

Net Weight: 100g

Known for its deliciously honey-sweet floral aroma and smooth finish, South African Honeybos tea is a flavourful herbal blend related to Rooibos, high in antioxidants and naturally caffeine-free.

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Our Honeybos Herbal 'Tea' isn’t a tea at all of course. Also known in Europe as Honeybush, in fact it's a close relative of the more renowned and vibrantly red Rooibos, a plant of the holly family.

A woody plant, it can grow into a small tree and has pale yellow flowers with a honey-like aroma, hence the name.

Native to the eastern and western capes of South Africa, the leaves are harvested in summer and processed in a very similar way to tea, including oxidation, and have been used to make herbal teas for centuries.
It's not unusual to find a kettle of honeybos tea infusing on a stove in a rural village, ready for drinking whilst scenting the whole house. Unlike tea, it doesn't become bitter when brewed for a long time due to very low tannin levels of the leaf.

Honeybush is naturally caffeine-free and considered a healthy option and alternative to tea, and includes minerals such as calcium, iron and zinc, as well as antioxidants.
A yellow colour in cup.

Floral, honey aroma notes.

A rich and full-bodied, slightly 'roasted' flavour with a good mouthful and natural honey-like sweetness.

Makes a refreshing summer cooler - brew as normal with boiling water, allow to cool and drink over crushed ice in a tall glass. If additional sweetness is required, we suggest to add a spoonful of honey.
Makes a super naturally caffeine-free coffee latte alternative.

Just brew a generous spoonful of rooibos with enough boiling water to cover it in a mug. Leave for 5 or 6 minutes, until a strong brew is made.

Pour on frothy milk. A touch of vanilla sugar is optional - and indulgent and delicious.




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Store in a cool, dry place avoiding direct sunlight and strong odours.


The Tisane - or Herbal ‘Tea’

Many of the modern-day fruit and herbals are drunk from what we commonly call a tea bag. Hence the often described ‘fruit teas’ or ‘herbal teas’.

A more accurate description is ‘tisane’. It’s a catch all term - it simply means a drink made by infusing herbs, spices or other plants in hot water. The origin of the word is routed in the preparation - the word tisane in fact dates back to first use in 14th century Anglo-French, derived from Latin 'ptisana' and from Greek ‘ptisane’, meaning crushed barley – from ‘ptissein’, or crush. The barley would have been crushed in a mortar and pestle and then infused in water.

Today, tisane is the common descriptor for herbal and medicinal infusions in many countries. But the practice of creating tisanes for therapeutic or medicinal benefits dates back centuries to ancient Indian Ayurvedic, Egyptian and Chinese practices.
Ayurvedic is a Sanskrit term meaning ‘knowledge of life’ and Ayurverdic remedies have used the leaves of simple herbs like peppermint for centuries to aid digestion and alleviate other ailments.

The Chinese were the first to use ginger medicinally, possibly 5000 years ago, before it spread from southern China to the Spice Islands - the modern day Maluku Islands in Indonesia, made famous in the 1600s by The East India Company trading pioneers - and beyond.

And it was the ancient Egyptians who likely first used Chamomile to help sleep and even prevent colds. [Our whole chamomile flowers come from Egypt, still the best.]

Today tisanes including chamomile, peppermint, ginger and now ‘newer’ discoveries like rooibos [an African caffeine-free plant] and the moringa plant from Africa are consumed by hundreds of millions around the world daily. Whilst the great taste [of most] is undisputed, actual scientific evidence of the benefits of tisanes or infusions of the multitude of herbs, roots and spices is still surprisingly scant. Billions of people over centuries surely can’t be wrong?

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    I've seen cold brew infusions on the market. Can I cold brew this infusion myself? Yes. Cold brew infusions can be wonderful = healthy and great value compared to the cold alternatives. Although the absence of heat means that the particles have less energy, are less agitated and therefore flavour / chemical infusion is a lot slower, they can often develop more complex flavours over this longer period of brewing. We always recommend starting with just a small amount of boiling water - just cover the tea or the tea bag, leave for 30 seconds and then top up with fresh, cold water and leave to develop for a day in the fridge. A spring of mint, a spoon of honey at the finish can be great. We have chosen the Hario Cold Brew Tea makers as part of our range and we recommend them highly for job.

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