Since writing my foodie gift guide before Christmas for Planet S magazine, I have been enjoying a generous supply of Red Espresso, which I ordered once I found a Canadian supplier. It is not available yet in Saskatoon, but there is a coffee shop chain in Calgary, the Good Earth Cafe, with a location in Regina, that carries it retail.
My husband has recently stopped drinking coffee, but he still loves the idea of having a latte or capuccino. Enter Red Espresso, caffeine-free rooibos tea, ground finely enough to run through an espresso machine. The resulting brew is a rich, creamy shot of intensely flavoured tea that melds beautifully with steamed milk (or eggnog, as my husband discovered over the holidays).
I still drink coffee, but I have also been enjoying the Red Espresso as an after dinner drink. I usually only drink one or two cups of coffee in the morning, but there is something amazingly satisfying about having a latte after dinner. And the flavour of the Red Espresso certainly holds its own against a traditional coffee latte. Give it a try!
As an aside, if you have a coffee-grinder, you can also try grinding loose tea into a fine powder and running any kind of tea through your espresso machine. My husband tried it with Russian caravan black tea, with great success. You can buy it ready-made, or do it yourself—a bit more mess, but less money.