One thing we love about the hibiscus tea is its gorgeous red colour.

The crimson in the hibiscus tea comes from the Hibiscus sabdariffa flower. Originating from West and Central Africa, it's consumed in Mexico,  the Caribbean, Southeast Asia and Europe. You can buy our absolutely gorgeous looking hibiscus tea here.

For our patrons, we recommend that the drink be had while reading the poetry of Austrian-Bohemian poet, Rainer Maria Rilke. Rilke is widely regarded as one of the most lyrically intense German language poets.

Rainer Maria Rilke

Born in 1875 in Prague, Rilke's parents first pushed him into military school. An uncle helped him to quit that highly unsuitable career, and thus Rilke began his journey to become one of the most gifted poets in the world.

This is a poem about a girl in red, and it's very well suited to those who feel inhibited by the colour's boldness. Here goes:

Child in Red: A Poem by Rilke

Sometimes she walks through the village in her
little red dress
all absorbed in restraining herself,
and yet, despite herself, she seems to move
according to the rhythm of her life to come.

She runs a bit, hesitates, stops,
half-turns around...
and, all while dreaming, shakes her head
for or against.

Then she dances a few steps
that she invents and forgets,
no doubt finding out that life
moves on too fast.

It's not so much that she steps out
of the small body enclosing her,
but that all she carries in herself
frolics and ferments.

It's this dress that she'll remember
later in a sweet surrender;
when her whole life is full of risks,
the little red dress will always seem right.

In case you feel inhibited by the redness of the hibiscus tea, remember this: Red dress, red roses and red tea are the less risky things to bet on, in a world full of risks!