Brew using boiling water and leave to infuse for 5 to 10 minutes
Yerba Mate is a Herbal Tea like no other. It originates from South America, boasting a distinct herbaceous taste with a caffeinated kick.
Indeed, unlike most of its herbal counterparts, Yerba Mate contains vast quantities of this stimulating chemical compound. We pack it fresh to order, ensuring not only quality but also consistency. What more could you want from your new favourite brew?
As it turns out, Yerba Mate does, indeed, have far greater potential. It contains an abundance of vitamins, minerals and other antioxidants capable of improving life in small yet significant ways.
From promoting weight loss to improving the cardiovascular system; aiding digestion to reducing diabetes risks, this remarkable infusion has it all.
What is Yerba Mate?
Yerba Mate Herbal Tea (pronounced “Yer-bah-mah-tay”) is the product of a plant that grows predominantly in the South American rainforest. It belongs to the Holy (Aquifoliaceae) family, known by its botanical name of Ilex Paraguariensis.
It stands at 6 to 8 metres tall and produces evergreen leaves, small fruit berries and greenish-white flowers.
In Portuguese-speaking countries, it’s called “chimarrão”. In Spanish speaking countries, it’s instead known as “cimarrón”. Although South America is arguably most famous for its Coffee production, Yerba Mate Tea is the choice-drink of many countries across the continent. In Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay, for example, it is the national beverage.
Harvesting of the plant takes place once or twice a year. During this time, workers pick only the youngest, greenest leaves. These leaves are then dried over open fires, which has a significant influence on the finished product.
They are eventually chopped and ground into a powdery mixture, resulting in a taste reminiscent of smoked wood, tobacco and Green Tea with slightly astringent undertones.
About Yerba Mate Utensils
The traditional method of drinking Yerba Mate involves two vital utensils. The first is a dried and hollowed-out Gourd used as a cup.
The second is a straw known as a “Bombilla” in Spanish or a “Bomba” in Portuguese. We stock both accessories here, although it’s worth noting that the latter item requires curing and, ultimately, caring.
It's perfectly natural to find paper-like debris inside, as well as the odd seed or two. To remove this debris and prevent the Mate Gourd from splitting, you may like to buy our Yerba Mate Kit, please follow these steps:
- Fill your Gourd halfway with pure mate.
- Fill the remaining half with boiling water.
- Allow the mate to soak for 24 hours.
- Pour the brewed mate out.
- Thoroughly scrape the inside of the Gourd walls with a spoon.
- If required, repeat this whole process.
- Rinse your Gourd one last time with hot water.
- Brew up and enjoy.
Type of Tea: Herbal Tea.
Origin: Brazil, South America.
Brewing Instructions: Brew using freshly boiled water left to cool to temperatures between 80 and 90 degrees. Infuse for 3 to 6 minutes.
How to Serve: Consider adding sugar. Otherwise, this Tea tastes best without additions.
Tasting Notes: Yerba Mate boasts a strong, earthy aroma. Upon the first sip, expect smoky, wood flavours reminiscent of the Amazonian landscape from which it originates.
Colour in Cup: Golden-green liquor, light in tone.
Health Benefits of Yerba Mate Tea
Research has proven that Yerba Mate can, in some cases, reduce cholesterol levels. A 2009 study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry has the answers.
This 40-day project saw participants drink 11 ounces (330 ml) of Yerba Mate daily. At the end of the study, researchers noted that “bad” LDL cholesterol had lowered by 8.6-13.1%. Want to know more, read our Yerba Mate Benefits article.
- TypeHerbal Tea
- Health PointsAnti Oxidants, Detox, Digestive, Flu, Heart, Immune System, Weight Loss
- Caffeine LevelMedium
- OptionsLoose Tea
- Time of DayBreakfast, Lunchtime
- CountrySouth America