Saturday, July 23, 2011

Red Espresso: A Review and Giveaway!

I have been a coffee and tea drinker for many years, with my favorite coffee being an extra large Triple Triple from Tim Hortons, and my favorite tea being anything herbal, especially green teas. About a year ago, I was introduced to the world of loose-leaf tea and I have not looked back! I have been able to try a lot of different teas like black tea, green tea and Rooibos. Out of all the new teas I have been trying, Rooibos is definitely been my favorite.

 Recently I had the opportunity to try a Rooibos product from Red Espresso!

The RED Story:

An ex-coffee junkie with a penchant for espresso, South African farmer Carl Pretorious walked into his kitchen one day desperate for a fix. Conscious of the toll caffeine was taking on his body, he realized the need for a healthier habit. So, he tore open three Rooibos teabags and poured them into the handle of his home espresso machine.

What he expressed wasn't an espresso, but a "seriously strong tea" - with pure potential! After sourcing superior quality Rooibos tea and refining the mixture, Carl succeeded in expressing a delicious espresso shot - with crema. Patenting the product and teaming up with friends and family, Red Espresso was born, offering a whole range of red drinks.

For the whole story, visit

About Red Espresso:

Made from the finest quality Rooibos tea, hand-harvested from the highest plateaus of the majestic Cedarberg Mountains in South Africa, red espresso is espresso-ground Rooibos tea uniquely refined under patent for use in coffee appliances. Delicious, it's really good for you too! Made from 100% Rooibos tea, red espresso is naturally caffeine-free and load with five times more antioxidants than green tea

No additives, preservatives or colorants. 100% natural.

Rich, full-bodied and smooth with naturally sweet, slightly earthy undertones, red espresso - the pure essence of Rooibos tea - is the heart of a delicious range of red drinks that enable you to be healthy without compromising on taste or style. Now you can curl up in comfort or entertain in sophisticated style with your favorite red drink at home!

Ready to use and easy to make at home or in the office, red espresso can be prepared on espresso and filter appliances. An espresso product, red espresso is best prepared using an espresso machine and stovetop espresso maker. Ensure your appliance is clean when switching between coffee and red espresso.

For more detailed instructions and recipes for preparing red espresso, visit the website.

My Review:

Red espresso is one of my new ways to drink tea! I was generously sent a couple packages of Red Espresso and I have already had to purchase more, I have enjoyed it that often! When described above as a very strong tea, I will fully agree with that! Although I enjoyed it in its pure form, using my coffee maker, I wanted to try a few of the recipes that one can experiment with. I am so glad I did. Here are two that I tried:

Red Shake: (Rooibos Tea Milkshake)

1. scoop 3 scoops vanilla ice cream into blender
2. prepare red espresso
3. pour over ice cream and blend
Tip: serve as dessert or as a healthy treat for the kids!

My thoughts: YUMMY! I did as the tip suggested and made it for the kids as a treat and it went over so well, that we regularly now have Rooibos Tea Milkshakes! I made it with a low fat/sugar ice cream so I, as a diabetic, could enjoy it too and was very impressed. Super easy to make and a healthy alternative to the traditional summer treat of a milkshake!

Freshred: (Rooibos tea espresso and apple juice)

1. fill a glass to top with ice
2. add 2/3 apple juice
3. pour red espresso over ice and apple juice
Tip: garnish with mint. Mix a pitcher for the breakfast or lunch table.

My Thoughts: Again, yummy and safe for the kids! Very easy to prep and another great idea for an alternative summer drink

Overall, I have been super impressed with Red Espresso, particularly in that it does not effect my blood sugars in a negative way, I don't have to add lots of milk/cream or sugar, and it is a safe drink to serve to my children!

If you are a tea drinker I highly recommend this great product. If you are not, this will change your mind and you will become one. And if you are a coffee drinker and looking for a healthy alternative, I definitely know you will enjoy Red Espresso!

For my Alberta friends, specifically here in the Lethbridge area, you will be super pumped to know you can purchase Red Espresso on the menu at Good Earth and you can purchase the bags at Nutters! I was so excited to hear this and have already purchased some locally!

I highly recommend this product and give it a thumbs up!

BUY IT: For more information about purchasing Red Espresso check out the official website under the buy link and pick your country!

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 a 250g bag
Red Espresso 
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***I received a complimentary set of the above product, courtesy of Red Espresso, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***


  1. What a wonderful giveaway. Love tea. I would enjoy Vanilla Red latte. Many thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  3. Yummy, ginger red sounds good!

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  5. The red cappuccino looks delightful and enticing. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  6. honestly, I think I would drink it as an espresso shot in a super cute little espresso cup. What a great idea and giveaway!