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Is rooibos decaffeinated?


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Rooibos is also known as "red bush" or "red tea."

Lindsey Goodwin
Question: Is rooibos decaffeinated?
Is rooibos decaffeinated?
Answer: Also known as red tea, rooibos is a naturally caffeine-free herb from South Africa. Like its relative, honeybush, rooibos has a bold taste which some compare to black tea, making it a popular caffeine-free alternative to regular black tea. Like some black teas, rooibos is pleasant with milk and sugar, and flavored rooibos blends (such as Earl Rooibos) can be used as a replacement for flavored black teas (such as Earl Grey).

However, rooibos is NOT decaf. The term "decaffeinated" refers to items which had caffeine, then went through a process to have most of the caffeine removed. Since rooibos is naturally caffeine free, it cannot be decaffeinated.

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