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South Africa and Tea

Cape Town

Cape Town

 

Hello all! Today I’m going to go off on a bit of a tangent before getting to the recipe. I promise, it’ll all be worth it.

 

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As some of you already know, I love South Africa (Note to Susie: go to South Africa already!). I’ve been twice, once with a program through my school and once for the World Cup. Both times were undeniably amazing. The culture, the people, the food, and the places were all so amazing and warm and welcoming. I hope I can go back again soon! So, before we get to the recipe (which, I promise, will make sense), I thought I’d share a few of my favorite photos and memories.

 

The Garden Route

The Garden Route

 

One of my favorite places in South Africa is Cape Town. It’s a really amazing city, with great views, especially with Table Mountain. I spent a few days there the first time I was there, and a few the second time as well. If anyone is thinking about going to South Africa, Cape Town would be the place to start.

 

Table Mountain

Table Mountain

 

Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope are also AMAZING, and super close to Cape Town. They have amazing views and amazing wildlife, since they are in a national park.

 

Cape Point

 

And of course, if you’re in South Africa, you have to go to some of the animal reserves or parks. While I was there, I went to Kruger National ParkAddo Elephant Park, and Boulders Beach.

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Anyways, this gets me to my last point: South Africa has the best tea I’ve ever had. Have you tried Rooibos? If you haven’t, go out there and buy some! It’s a red tea that until about a month ago I had only ever had plain. However, while visiting Seattle a few months ago, I learned of another awesome way to have Rooibos.

Knowing of our love for South Africa, our friend Hilary (who you may remember from her fabulous Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe or her blog Dawdling Darlings) took us to a new South African cafe in Seattle called Cederberg Tea House. It’s an adorable cafe that features the best Rooibos lattes ever. However, since it’s on a different coast than me, it makes the lattes a bit difficult to get. So, I’ve tried to recreate them as best as possible. They are, of course, not as good as the original, but pretty close! I hope you end up enjoying Rooibos lattes as much as I do!

 

Rooibos Lattes

Ingredients:

  • Loose Rooibos tea (I bought this)
  • 1 cup milk of choice
  • Honey, if desired
  • Sweetener, if desired

 

Instructions:

  • There are two ways to make this latte, though the best way is to use an espresso machine and make the tea exactly as you would make espresso.

 

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  • If you’re used to making espresso in a machine, follow the normal procedure you would to make coffee. If you don’t have an espresso machine, brew tea (either loose leaf with a tea infuser or in tea bags) in about 1/3 cup hot water for 10-20 minutes. You want a very strong tea, so the longer you leave the tea in the better (though, not too long, you want the latte!)
  • If using sweetener, place sweetener in bottom of cup. Pour tea over sweetener.

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  • If making an iced tea latte, add ice and milk of choice. Stir and enjoy!

 

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  • If making a hot tea latte, warm milk and add to tea. Stir and enjoy!

 

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One Response to “South Africa and Tea”

  1. Hilary says:

    Just now seeing this post! I love it! Such beautiful pictures and I’m so happy you loved Cederberg as much as I do!

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