Organic Green Rooibos

Unoxidized rooibos offers a fresh and herbaceous take on traditional rooibos

fair trade certified certified organic
Organic Green Rooibos
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Organic Green Rooibos

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Our unoxidized organic Green Rooibos yields a fresher, lighter infusion with less fruit and more herbal qualities than conventional, oxidized organic rooibos from Africa. It also makes a delicious iced tea. Like all rooibos, our Green Rooibos is loose leaf and contains no caffeine.

Ingredients: organic South African green rooibos

Origin: Driefontein Co-op, Cederberg, South Africa

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Rooibos only grows in the mountainous Cederberg region 400 miles north of Cape Town on the western edge of South Africa. The Cederberg Mountains are famous for their dramatic, wind-carved sandstone formations like the Maltese Cross and the Wolfberg Arch, well-preserved prehistoric rock paintings by the early San people, and the rare Clanwilliam Cedar trees from which the area takes its name. Arable land is limited by the altitude, dry climate, and rocky terrain of this area. Rooibos is the most famous export, though fruit, tobacco, honeybush, and grapes are also harvested on some farms. The Driefontein Small Farmers Co-op is located near Redelinghuys in the heart of rooibos country. The 36 members have been operating as a farming cooperative since 2010. Their success has hinged on their considerable knowledge of rooibos - handed down from one generation to the next - coupled with their deep love of the land they farm. Although the 110 hectare farm is currently owned by a private landowner and leased to Driefontein, they're currently saving up to purchase the land outright. The Driefontein Small Farmers Co-op has used their Fair Trade premiums to fund retirement benefits, housing improvements, education, and more. In fact, in 2011 Driefontein was able to send their community's first student to college using funds from their trust.

Steeping Instructions

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At Arbor Teas, we believe tea should be brewed to suit your personal taste. We’re happy to make recommendations to get you started, but don’t hesitate to experiment! When brewing your tea, your main considerations are tea quantity, water temperature, and steeping time. We recommend herbal and rooibos teas to be steeped for 5 to 7 minutes in water heated to a full rolling boil. For the best flavor, use fresh water whenever possible, and avoid overboiling. If you want a stronger brew, just use more tea. And don’t forget to re-steep your tea leaves to get the most out of your leaf!

Looking for more info? Check out our How-To Guides and Eco-Brewing Tips!

Staff Perspectives

  • Chelsea

    "This reminds me of a cross between a light chamomile and green tea. It's light, herbaceous and a great mellow afternoon tea."

  • Lea

    "An interesting change from our traditional rooibos. Slightly sharper, but still smooth. I think of green bark and fresh herbs. "

  • Sarah

    "Drinking a cup of Green Rooibos makes me think of a delicious slice of sunflower seed wheat bread (a really good one!) with a thin schmear of honey on top."

Health Benefits

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Rooibos (aka “red tea”) boasts an array of beneficial health properties. Like true tea, rooibos has a high concentration of antioxidants, and is the only known source of aspalathin, a particularly potent antioxidant. Green rooibos tends to have even higher levels of antioxidants than red rooibos, but both have enough to measurably raise the levels of antioxidants in the blood. Rooibos is also rich in flavonoids; compounds likely to have anti-allergenic, anti-inflammatory, anticarcinogenic and antimicrobial benefits. Lastly, rooibos is low in tannins, making it less bitter than true tea.

For more information about the health benefits of Rooibos, and for direct sources of the above information, check out our Rooibos Health Benefits page!

Please note: the information above is for educational purposes only and has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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  • 5
    I drink this like water!

    Posted by Emily Yocom on 14th Oct 2020

    After trying green rooibos once elsewhere, I ordered Arbor Teas’s largest bag of green rooibos. I finished the bag after just two months. I brew it in pitchers and drink it cold, and let me tell you - I drink this more than I drink water. It’s got such a refreshing, light, floral taste that’s subtle but sweet. I love that it retains more antioxidants than the more heavily processed “red” rooibos, as well. Sometimes I’ll use it in place of water in smoothies with is great, too! Highly, highly recommend to anyone who’s curious.

  • 5
    I drink this like water!

    Posted by Emily on 14th Oct 2020

    After trying green rooibos once elsewhere, I ordered Arbor Teas’s largest bag of green rooibos. I finished the bag after just two months. I brew it in pitchers and drink it cold, and let me tell you - I drink this more than I drink water. It’s got such a refreshing, light, floral taste that’s subtle but sweet. I love that it retains more antioxidants than the more heavily processed “red” rooibos, as well. Sometimes I’ll use it in place of water in smoothies with is great, too! Highly, highly recommend to anyone who’s curious.

  • 5
    A Caffeine-FREE "Green" Tea

    Posted by Rob Latousek on 19th Sep 2020

    I was thrilled to discover Green Rooibos because it tastes like a nice mild, regular green tea to me, and it has absolutely NO caffeine. This has become important to me as I get more sensitive to caffeine disturbing my sleep. Now I can actually add any amount of "real" green tea to my green Rooibos for whatever level of caffeine I'm interested in. The best of both worlds!

  • 5
    Organic Green Rooibos

    Posted by Wesley Muns on 7th Jul 2020

    I started out with just a sample of this, having never heard of unoxidized green roiboos. Turns out its great, so I bought a bigger bag! It comes across a little sweeter and fresher than the red, and makes a great cup, both hot and iced.

  • 5
    Green Rooibos Blend

    Posted by Peter Hutwelker on 28th Jun 2020

    I'm in love with this tea! Steeped with fresh picked mint this morning; absolutely delicious.

  • 5
    Best Green Rooibos

    Posted by Edi Seals on 17th Aug 2019

    Having tried green rooibos from several companies, this is my favorite! It has a rich flavor without being "grassy." I love adding a bit to some of my other teas to get that extra antioxidant boost!

  • 5
    Delicious tea

    Posted by Abbey Lacy on 27th Jan 2019

    I tried the green rooibos after falling in love with the red rooibos. The green is just as delicious! It has a mellower flavor than the red which makes it perfect for relaxing after a long day. It makes a great iced tea as well.

  • 5
    Love this tea!

    Posted by LE on 24th Jan 2019

    Recently ordered several different herbal / rooibos teas from Arbor Teas. This one is just so good! I am on a highly restricted, doctor-prescribed diet. This green rooibos produces such an inviting, soothing cup; and as I enjoy, I do so knowing that each sip is beneficial to my health and well-being. Thank you Arbor Teas for offering this exceptional rooibos!!!

  • 5
    One of my favorites

    Posted by JenD on 29th Sep 2016

    The green rooibos has a really delicious vegetal quality to it that I like quite a bit.

  • 4
    One of the very good Rooibos teas out there

    Posted by Unknown on 3rd Mar 2014

    This is a gem if you are into Rooibos or indeed wish to start indulging in this tisane. Subtle and hearty. Good for anytime of the day and especially for those who would like to reduce caffeine intake but not go on the "fruity" loop.

  • 5
    Very tasty and relaxing

    Posted by Wanda on 2nd Sep 2013

    Had my first cup of the green rooibos tea last night...it was so tasty and relaxing that I drank a second cup. I especially like the fact that it is caffeine free. I do have one concern though, does it produce or contain estrogen?

  • 5
    Delicious, great way to mix up the normal tea routine

    Posted by Graham Friday on 8th May 2012

    I've purchases green rooibos from multiple sources and this is definitely among the best- it's quite simply delicious. I prefer green bush rooibos over the more typical red bush variety because the green has more antioxidants. And, can't ignore the fact that it tastes wonderful. It's sweet and refreshing and never gets bitter if you steep it too long. Definitely give it a try because it's a nice way to deviate from the usual green/black/white tea rotation without compromising taste or health.

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