African Red Bush
Often called “African Red Bush,” the rooibos plant was discovered in South Africa in 1772. The indigenous peoples collected and brewed its fine, needle-like leaves. This practice was co-opted by Dutch settlers, who needed a replacement for expensive British teas. Difficulty with cultivation hampered the adoption of this herbal tea until the mid-20th century.
Loose Leaf Tea
Unlike coffee, there are no hard-and-fast rules to brewing tea. Most of it is based on personal preference. Still, there are a few basic guidelines that will help you brew your best cup.