Keurig Kcup Coffee Review- African Red Rooibos Tea


Back by popular demand- Friday Kcup reviews! Every Friday at Cross Country Cafe we host a flavor review.  Let’s face it the selection of K-cups we have to choose from is huge,  how do you pick the right one?  Who wants to buy an entire box and not like it?! Our goal is to describe how the coffee or tea tastes in simple layman’s terms so that you can determine if it suits your preferences. Let’s get to the review, up this week…Twinings African Rooibos Red Tea.

Twinings African Rooibos Keurig Kcup tea

African Rooibis is a caffeine free red tea brought to us by the ultimate authority on tea- Twinings of London.

We have all heard of and probably tasted black tea.  One of the most popular teas, hot or cold, is green. But, red tea?! I dont know about you but this was a new concept to me until recent years.

The growing popularity of red tea can be attributed to its extreme health benefits.  Move over green tea, red is chock full of antioxidants among a gazillion other nutrients that are great for our skin, hearts and all over health.  To read further about the medicinal properties of red tea click here.

Rooibos originates in South Africa and literally translates as red bush.  I was curious to find out if the tea was actually red so I dissected my Kcup:

Twinings African Rooibos Keurig Kcup tea removed

Just as suspected, it is red!  The smell of the tea is sweet and light, will that translate into the taste?

Twinings African Rooibos Keurig Kcup tea in mug

The first sip was light and crisp, followed by a very pleasant sweet taste with hints of citrus.  This tea is very easy to drink and even hot left me feeling refreshed.  This left me to wonder how it would taste iced… my guess is it would make an amazing iced tea- sounds like a future experiment to me!

Red is the new green!  Its better for you, better tasting (in my humble opinion) and naturally caffeine free. I think that African Roibos has amazing potential to take the tea world by storm and I would not be surprised at all to see it become a cold bottled variety readily available in grocery stores.  For now, it is our little secret!

Keurig Kcup Recipe- Southern Sweet Tea


If you have been around awhile you have come to know (and hopefully love) our Monday K-cup coffee recipes.  I love fun, easy to make coffee drinks. They are a simple indulgence that can usually be made with ingredients already in your kitchen. There will be no running to the local coffee shop around here, no sir, we have Keurig’s in our kitchen that make these recipes easy peasy.

Up this week…Southern Sweet Tea!

How to make sweet tea using Keurig Kcups

My mother is a true southerner raised in the outskirts of Nashville, Tn.. I have enjoyed my share of fried food, corn bread, banana pudding and especially sweet tea!  More times than not there was a jug steeping in the sun on our back porch.  I never knew exactly how she made it, I just knew it was delicious!  After a hot day of playing in the sun, there was nothing better than an ice-cold glass if sweet tea!

Soon powdered teas came along and it was just easier for her to mix a quick pitcher (she was a busy mother of four including a set of twins!). But, somehow it just wasn’t the same.

I am here to say…no more powdered teas, I want the real thing.  But, with modern conveniences I can have my cake and eat it too! I can have the same taste I enjoyed so much as a kid quickly and easily using my Keurig brewer!

You will need:

Ingredients for Keurig Kcup sweet tea

1 Keurig Kcup black tea (I chose Twinings English Breakfast)

2 T sugar

1 lemon slice

ice

-Start by filling a tall glass to the rim with ice.

-Next, put 2 T of sugar into a large measuring cup or anything with a pouring spout.

-Brew the Keurig Kcup black tea on the lowest water setting directly over the sugar.

-Stir until dissolved.

-Pour the tea/ sugar solution into the glass filled with ice.  Allow the ice to melt for about 3 minutes and top off with more ice.

-Add a lemon slice, start saying y’all and enjoy!

There are a variety of Keurig Kcups that you can use to make Southern Sweet tea:

Twinings English Breakfast

Twinings Pure Black Iced Tea

Celestial Seasonings English Breakfast

I chose the Twinings English Breakfast simply because it is a Value Priced Keurig Kcup. However, for comparison’s sake, I decided to try a Twinings Pure Black Iced Kcup as well.  The difference between the two is the amount of tea in the Kcup. Twinings Pure Black has more tea per Kcup resulting in a stronger brew.

compare twinings black tea Keurig Kcups

It is very difficult to tell in the picture but, there is a slight bit more tea in the Pure Black Kcups but, would it make a difference in the brew results?

Southern Sweet Tea made with Keurig Kcups

Maybe?? The difference is so minimal I don’t even know if it is noteworthy.  The taste was pretty much the same as well.  There was a slight bit more zing with the Pure Black but, nothing significant.  My ruling…either one will work just fine!

I hope you enjoy this recipe, let me know how it turns out for you!

Keurig Kcup coffee blog authors bio

Tea Time


Nothing says comfort like a steaming hot cup of tea.  I love tea Kcup tea brewed in my Keurig during the week but, on weekends when life is a little more leisurely, I like to take my time and brew loose leaf tea with my stainless steel infuser and of course a great tea-cup!

It does not have to be complicated. Just start with a simple mesh ball. You can usually find them for well under $10.00. As a matter of fact I found one today for just slightly over $5.00 and it ships for free with a Prime account!

                 HIC Brands that Cook Stainless Steel Tea Ball, 1-3/4-Inch

Join me in my quest to take one day to slow down and enjoy a great cup of tea steeped the old-fashioned way!