Many of life’s failures are from people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up

 Thomas Edison

Edison and Ford shaking hands

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal

Henry Ford

These two quotes say much about these two incredible men who are remembered in our community at the beautiful Edison Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers. If you have not visited yet, I urge you to take time to go as soon as possible. You will not be disappointed, the grounds and homes are lovely and the many exhibits are fascinating.

When you visit you will also find the latest from Local Coffee + Tea, the Edison Ford Fruit Tea.  An exotic blend of fruits growing in the gardens of the Edison Ford Winter Estates, including mango, pineapple and assorted citrus.  A natural fruit tisane with no caffiene, the Edison Ford Fruit Tea was released before the holiday season and has been very popular with visitors.

The tea is now being brewed and sampled most days as part of the tour.  You will find packets of the Edison Ford Fruit Tea available for sale along with a lovely selection of teapots and other tea accessories.

Edison Ford Winter Estates

Local Coffee + Tea is thrilled to celebrate one more of our suncoast local treasures.  As we say, Sip Locally.

Cheers,

the TeaLady

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I cannot believe it has taken me so long to write about Rooibos tea.  Maybe that is a good thing though, as I have now reached a stage where my love of this tea is such that I cannot imagine life without it!

As an orthodox tea drinker, black teas and mostly unflavored green teas, you will have heard me say many times that I just love the taste of tea.  However, like many women before me I seem to have reached an age where too much caffeine (even in my beloved tea!!) seems to be disruptive for my body.

Rooibos

Enter ROOIBOS (Aspalathis linearis) a broom like shrub and member of the legume family found in a small area of the Western Cape Province of South Africa.  The word rooibos (pronounced roy-boss) is Afrikaans for red bush and has been popular in South Africa for generations.

Rooibos has a huge following all over the world due to the many health benefits as well as Mama Ramotswe, a certain lady detective.  If you are one of the few people not to have seen or read the No 1 Ladies Detective series by Alexander McCall Smith then do so soon.  Like the tea, these books are compelling, very relaxing and worthy of your time.

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

So, what does Rooibos have to offer?  Rooibos has very high antioxidant levels (aspalathin), in fact some claim that Rooibos has more antioxidants than green tea.  And I advise anyone not caring for green tea to drink Rooibos.  The tannin levels are low (responsible for causing astringency in true tea) and there is NO oxalic acid which makes this tea good for anyone suffering from kidney stones.  Relaxing and restful, rooibos can assist with nervous tension, allergies, dermatological issues and anti-spasmodic properties making rooibos helpful for digestive problems.

In South Africa, rooibos is used to aid infants suffering with colic and is added to baby’s bath water (and yours) to soften the skin.  Research continues on possible anti-cancer properties and I think we will hear more about the benefits of drinking Rooibos for some time to come.  Perhaps most important, you will find NOTHING about the adverse effects of rooibos, which is quite amazing!

Rooibos is an herb and is NATURALLY caffeine free, which makes it the perfect tea for my sleeping predicament.  This tea quite simply tastes and feels so good and I have become a huge fan.  I have found many tea lovers dislike pure rooibos, though it blends so well with fruits and flowers.

At Local Coffee + Tea we have a wonderful collection of 9 Rooibos teas.  Our best selling (of all our teas) is Selby Select, an orange peel and yogurt blend we created for Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. The list continues with Red Hat with pomegranate and cranberry, Van Wezel with black and red currants (see post), Lemon Sunset with lemongrass and lemon peel, Bertha Palmer with licorice, peppermint, verbena and fennel(see post here and here), Patriot Tea with elderberries and lavender (see post), Mable’s Rose with cherry and rose and finally an un-oxidized version Organic Green Rooibos.  I hope you agree that is quite a line up and if you are an iced tea drinker, do not despair, all are beautiful iced!

One of our rooibos teas is especially nice too share with a loved one.  Sweet Sin combines raspberry with vanilla and is always popular around Valentine’s Day.

Sweet Sin Rooibos Tea

What a versatile and special tea this is and if you haven’t discovered Rooibos already then I hope you do so soon.

Cheers,

the TeaLady