Honeybush tea is a South African herbal tea made from the leaves of the honeybush plant. It is grown on the Eastern Cape of South Africa and is closely related to rooibos tea (also known as red bush tea) which comes from the Western Cape of South Africa. The flowers of the honeybush shrub have a honey-like smell, which gives the plant and the tea its sweet-sounding name.
Honeybush is generally steeped in just boiled water at a temperature similar to a black tea or herbal infusion, around 200 to 212 degrees.
Using about 2 grams (1 teaspoon) of loose leaf tea per 8 oz. cup of water is a safe bet.
Always start with fresh, pure, cold filtered water when you brewing tea. Spring water is the best.
Cover your tea while it steeps to keep all the heat in the steeping vessel.
Taste the brewed honeybush after the recommended infusion time (we steep our rooibos for 4 to 5 minutes) and then decide if you’d like it to go a little longer. Unlike a traditional black or green tea, honeybush won’t get more astringent and bitter the longer it’s infused in hot water; it will just get stronger and more flavorful.
Most high-quality loose leaf honeybush teas can be steeped multiple times.