Organic Yerba Mate Tea
Organic Yerba Mate Tea
Native to South America, yerba mate is a popular beverage in countries including Argentina, Chile, Peru, and Brazil. Stimulating and somewhat grassy, mate is traditionally drunk from a gourd using a metal bombilla straw – although you can certainly also enjoy it from a teacup or mug!
While Yerba Mate does contain caffeine, many people experience its effects differently than the caffeine present in tea or coffee. Mate’s stimulating properties are often described as having a more gradual and sustained effect, with none of the highs and lows of other caffeinated drinks.
Cups Per Package
This loose leaf tea is carefully blended and packaged by hand in a reusable tin or a resealable kraft bag. Our 3.5 oz. tin or kraft bag makes approximately 40 cups of tea. Our 7 oz. kraft bag makes approximately 80 cups.
Organic Yerba Mate (Origin: South America)
Mild and vegetal, with grassy and herbaceous notes.
How to Brew Organic Yerba Mate Tea
Use 1 level teaspoon per 6 oz. water. Heat water until steaming briskly (not boiling). Steep for 3 to 5 minutes.
Mate is traditionally prepared in a hollow gourd by adding leaves and hot, but not boiling water to the gourd to steep. The tea is then consumed through a filtered straw known as a bombilla. In many South American countries, mate is drunk among a group of friends by drinking and refilling the same gourd as it is passed from person to person. Mate can also be prepared in the same way as other teas and tisanes, by steeping the leaves in an infuser or filter in a mug or pot.
Organic Yerba Mate Tea Caffeine Content
Mate is high in caffeine.
Organic Yerba Mate Tea Benefits
Mate boosts energy and improves focus.
More About Yerba Mate
Yerba mate is a type of tea made from the leaves and stems of the holly plant ilex paraguariensis. It is native to South America, and is sometimes known as “drink of the gods” or “drink of friendship.” Mate was first discovered and prepared by the indigenous Guarani people. Mate’s etymology derives from both Spanish and Quechua, an indigenous South American language - yerba is derived from the Spanish word for herb, while mate comes from a Quechua word meaning cup or gourd.
After European colonization, mate consumption and production became popular among the colonizers, particularly Jesuit missionaries and other foreign settlers. Mate is extremely popular in South America, where it is the official drink of Argentina, and is also widely consumed in Peru, Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia, Chile, and Brazil. It is also very popular in Syria, the world’s leading importer of mate, as well as Lebanon and other parts of the Middle East.