We are responsible for every step of the process, from the farm to the shipment of finished goods. We add value to South Africa’s people and economy throughout our value chain.
We work directly with our farmers and pay a premium price for our single estate tea to ensure that there is sufficient compensation for all who participate in growing and harvesting our rooibos.
Our rooibos is grown wild on the Cederberg Mountains, atop plateaus where the plant grows slowly and hence tastes stronger – but also the kind of place where intensive farming is not feasible and growth is dictated by nature.
Since branching out into superfood lattes we have stayed true to the same guiding principles. All of our other non-rooibos products are made from pure, simple, high-quality ingredients that you can trust.
Our eco-friendly factory, situated just 45 minutes outside of Cape Town in the Paarl Winelands, is where we do all of our manufacturing, product and drinks innovation, packaging design and marketing. We have customized the equipment and machinery in our factory to ensure product excellence and consistent in-cup quality from our grind. The factory has been designed to be as energy efficient as possible.
Insulated building blocks and double glazing moderate the temperature so we don’t use air conditioning. Large windows allow for natural light where possible, LED and energy efficient lighting reduce electricity, we use a 40,000-litre rainwater catchment system that minimizes our reliance on municipal water and we have an efficient recycling system for cardboard, plastic and organic waste that reduces landfill.
Our passion for quality and excellence shows in our FSSC 22000 accredited manufacturing facility, our internationally award-winning product range and global premium brand. Our dedicated rooibos artisans expertly grind our special rooibos tea after stringent training on the science behind red espresso. View our FSSC 22000 certificate here.
We believe in fostering transparent, long-term relationships with partners who share a similar ethos to us. To this end, we only partner with people and companies that put ethics and pride first.
We are helping to build a future for South Africa and are committed to ensuring that the full value chain of red espresso is enjoyed in South Africa, working closely with the Department of Trade and Industry in this regard.
Today, what started out as the world's first rooibos tea espresso has expanded into many deliciously healthy alternatives to coffee, from iced tea to spicy chai and a healthier hot chocolate. red espresso is a leader in both the rooibos tea and speciality beverage industries.
Over the years we’ve been featured by curious print, web and radio outlets from all over the globe. And we’ve been singled out by business partners and industry contacts too. Here’s a selection of our greatest hits…
“Rooibos has never been cool…but now it’s flippin’ cool.”
Soekie Snyman, past board member of the South African Rooibos Council
“I have admiration for your product and for the heart with which you do things and the ultimate value you place on people and enriching their lives. You’ve ploughed up new ground and opened a gap for a product people hadn’t imagined. That product is now a household name that brings everyday happiness to everyone from farmers and factory workers to baristas and customers.”
Pete Howie, Seattle Coffee Company
“Athletes, nutritionists, yogis, pregnant women, and children are a few of the caffeine-adverse folks who can now participate in café culture, thanks to caffeine-free Red Espresso.”
Fresh Cup magazine
“Home-grown, globally-known, healthy innovation.”
“Rooibos tea could be the new world coffee.”
The Star Newspaper
“There’s a quiet revolution happening in coffee – Red Espresso. It’s got ten times the antioxidants of rooibos and is caffeine-kick free. Enjoy red cappuccino – it’s on its way to world domination.”
Marie Claire Magazine
Read more about what they've been saying here