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- Since 1922
- Alvita. Natural Herb Teas that are Good for You and the Environment
For more than 75 years, long before it became fashionable, Alvita was championing the profound health-giving properties of herbal teas. We travel to the far reaches of the globe for the finest herbs, the best growers, the most precious sources.
Small wonder that so many consumers trust the Alvita name. Today, it stands for more than 100 different teas, including classic single herb varieties, and our unique Alvita blends. The package you hold in your hand combines ancient herbal wisdom with modern science, and brings to you all the richness and benefits of herbal teas. This philosophy is the very reason why you will find sensible, English pillow style tea bags that are oxygen bleached, not chlorine treated. And why you won't find any strings, tags or staples.
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Rooibos (Red-Bush) leaf called the "Tea of Africa", is from the fine, needle-like leaves of Aspalathus linearis, which grows on the high mountain ranges of the South African Cape region. The leaves make a distinctive tasty, reddish brown aromatic tea that is often used as a coffee substitute. Rooibos is naturally caffeine-free and has less than half the tannins of regular tea so the flavor is mellow and rich without sharp or bitter notes.
Trade in wild Rooibos tea began shortly after 1900, with Rooibos tea cultivation beginning in the 1930's. Rooibos tea is served throughout the world, even in the tea-loving countries of England and Japan. Because the tea is less bitter and slightly sweet of its own, little added sweetening is required making it a good option for those watching their calories. It is also considered to be an excellent thirst-quencher as an iced tea in the warmer months of the year.
The best way to make a good tasting cup of tea is by the infusion method. Place one tea bag into a cup and add no more than 6 oz of boiling water. Let steep for 3 minutes. Press the bag before removing to enhance the flavor.
Iced Tea - Microwave: Put 8 teabags in a quart jar of water and microwave on high for 2 minutes. Let steep for an additional 8-10 minutes, remove teabags and chill.
Sun Tea: Put 8 teabags in a covered quart jar of water and allow to stand on a window sill in the sun for 6-8 hours, remove teabags and chill.
Add honey to sweeten.