Robust, invigorating, earthy. Yerba mate is referred to as "the drink of the gods" in South America, and with good reason. This delicious beverage provides a caffeine kick without the jitters, making it a favorite for recovering coffee addicts and those burning the midnight oil.
How do I pronounce yerba mate?
Where does yerba mate come from?
Yerba mate hails from subtropical South America. The yerba mate plant is a small tree from the Holly family. Most yerba mate is grown in Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay.
It was introduced to the world by the Guarani Indians. They consider it to be not just healthy for the body, but healthy for the soul. For centuries, this herbal tea was sipped from a gourd and offered as a symbol of hospitality as it was passed hand to hand around a circle of friends. The tradition of friends sipping from the gourd is the reason this tea got its meaning "herb cup."
Who drinks yerba mate?
For centuries, the Ache Guayaki Tribe drank yerba mate because of its rejuvenating effects and the enhanced focus and nourishment it provides. In recent years, yerba mate has become increasingly popular with world-class athletes and health-conscious individuals. It has now gained the attention of many people who want to live a healthy lifestyle.
How do I brew yerba mate?
Brewing yerba mate is pretty straightforward. Just brew about 1.5 Tablespoons of dry leaf per cup boiling water for three to seven minutes, depending on your taste preferences. Add sweetener if desired (we love it with a little honey) and enjoy, or chill it serve over ice.
Some people like to add a little milk (or milk alternative) or lemon juice (or other citrus juice), which can taste great with certain blends. And some people like to make a yerba mate latte with foamed milk (or milk alternative) and sweetener. These are also great ways to enjoy mate tea!
How is yerba mate processed?
Before yerba mate can be processed, it has to be grown. It takes at least two years for the tree to mature enough to be harvested.
After it's harvested, mate can be processed in one of two ways: drying or roasting.
Yerba mate that is only dried is known as 'green mate' because of its green color. It has a more astringent, green flavor and it is far less common than roasted yerba mate.
Roasted yerba mate is harvested, dried, aged and roasted, which gives it a deeper, earthier flavor. It is sometimes dried with smoke, which gives it a roasty, smoky flavor that coffee drinkers love.
What's the symbol on your yerba mate packaging and web page?
We symbolize our yerba mate collection with the traditional yerba mate brewing accoutrements - a gourd and bombilla. Traditionally, South Americans would gather together to prepare their mate in a hollow gourd, pass the gourd 'round a circle of people and sip the brew through a metal straw with a perforated tip (called a bombilla). Today, some people still do this with their families in the morning (often with Grandma or Grandpa starting the brew to get it just right with this more temperamental brewing method), while others sip mate from a bombilla and gourd on the streets of major cities like Americans might sip coffee from Starbucks cups.
Health and Medicinal Benefits
Consumed (and grown) for centuries in South America rain forests, the yerba mate phenomenon has now reached the Northern Hemisphere. Take part in this old tradition and drink not only for your health but share it with others.
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