Rooibos tea, with its earthy, slightly sweet flavor, is a popular drink as it is low in tannins, high in antioxidants and contains no caffeine – see Blog. Although rooibos tea is usually drunk without milk, or with a little milk and/or sugar or honey, it makes a very good cappuccino or latte. Rooibos cappuccino or latte, also known as a ‘red cappuccino or latte’, is great if you’re trying to cut back on coffee, or looking for something a little different from a plain cup of tea.
The basic flavor can be changed by using green rooibos tea, vanilla rooibos, honeybush or any of the rooibos boutique blends, as well as by using the milk of your choice such as almond, coconut, flax or soy.
Rooibos cappuccinos and lattes can be made in an espresso machine, using Red Expresso Ground Rooibos tea, or tealeaves or simply by brewing a strong mug of rooibos and topping it with heated milk frothed with a milk frother.
- 1½-2 teaspoons loose rooibos tealeaves or 1-2 teabags
- boiling water
- ¼ cup (for cappuccino) or ½ cup (for latte) milk
- ground cinnamon
- If using an espresso machine, put the tea (ground or leaves) into the portafilter, and make as per directions. Otherwise add boiling water to the tea and leave to brew until strong.
- Use the espresso machine to steam and froth the milk or heat the milk and froth it with a frother.
- Add the frothed milk to the hot tea (reheated in microwave if necessary) and top with honey and cinnamon to taste.