Rooibos (pronounced roy-boss) meaning "red bush" or bush tea is a broom-like herb native to South Africa. When harvested and dried it can be brewed into a reddish-brown herbal infusion which is caffeine-free and rich in minerals. It has an earthy, sometimes smokey taste to it with a bit of a sweet finish. This herb is still "new" to the tea scene and has only been cultivated for the last 300 years. So what's the big deal? On top of being a caffeine-free alternative to the traditional camellia sinensis, it is rich in calcium, manganese and fluoride minerals which assist...

The short answer is no. Matcha is as harmful to your liver as oxygen is to your lungs. That being said, too much of any one thing is bad, but don't let the media scare you from your favourite drink.  Then why are they saying Matcha is bad? Green tea is packed with catechins, an antioxidant compound that lower cholesterol and reduced risk of heart disease and cancer. When there is too much catechins in your system it causes the cells of your liver to become overwhelmed and start breaking down. So how much Matcha is too much? Let's just say...

Traditionally Matcha is a special type of powdered green tea that is grown and produced in Japan. The green tea leaves are kept shaded from the sun during the last few weeks of growth, this increases the chlorophyll content and creates a gorgeous green colour. When the leaves are picked, they are then carefully ground with stone grinding wheels to produce a fine powder. While most Matchas are produced using green tea leaves, in recent years the same practice as been used on white, black and even rooibos tea leaves. Many blends now also include herbs and spices for added...