This is roasted Yerba Mate (Ilex Paraguariensis), from Brazil.
One of the greatest drinking herbs!
It contains unique type of caffeine that works as a brain stimulant, yet does not cause side effects as regular caffeine: jitters or anxiety for example.
Traditionally drunk from Calabash Gourd through Bombilla - metal straw/strainer.
You can steep it just as any other tea in the infuser or french press. Water 210 degrees, for 4 min.
Flavored blends are also available in our store and on this website.
Small Batch Blended and Packed in Canada. HACCP Certified.
Ingredients From: Brazil
Shipping Port(s): Santos
Grade(s): Chopped roasted
Growing Altitudes: 1500 - 3000 feet above sea level
Manufacture Type(s): Traditional
Cup Characteristics: Full bodied and smooth. The roasted character imparts a coffee-like toast flavor. Rich in mateine,
which is recognized as a mild stimulant.
Infusion: Slightly dull tending black
Luxury Ingredients: Roasted mate
Antioxidant Level: Very High
Caffeine Content: Medium
Shelf Life: Almost 2 years.
Yerba Matte is one of South America‟s most widely consumed and revered hot beverages. The drink is made by brewing the
dry roasted leaves of the Yerba Matte tree, (Latin: Ilex paraguariensis), a small evergreen that is a member of the Holly family.
The tree is native to the subtropical highlands of Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Argentina, and it is in those countries that the
majority of Yerba Matte is consumed. In fact, it is not uncommon for visitors in those countries to see people sharing the drink
outdoors at the park or on the beach.
Yerba Matte is called “The drink of the gods” by many of the indigenous people of South America who have brewed it for
centuries. It was however, a people who believed in a different God that are responsible for the first commercial Yerba Matte
plantations – Jesuit missionaries. Upon arriving in the new world, the Jesuits quickly adopted the native practice of drinking
Yerba Matte as a tea. At the time, Yerba Matte leaves were only being harvested from wild stands of trees.
Owing to its
widespread popularity, the Jesuits realized the large economic potential of the plant and founded the first Yerba Matte
plantations during the mid 1600‟s.
By the 1770‟s, the drink had become immensely popular throughout the continent and was served by most households at all
times of the day. The tea was traditionally drunk from a gourd, or mate, and was sipped through a straw known as a bombilla.
(Incidentally, this is still the way most Yerba Matte is consumed.) These mates and bombillas were often elaborately gilded in
silver – in fact, a contemporary European visitor to the colonies in Argentina reported home that, “there is no house, rich or
poor, where there is not always matte on the table, and it is nothing short of amazing to see the luxury spent on matte utensils.”
Obviously, the refreshing drink was highly regarded.
In recent years, the popularity of Yerba Matte has finally begun to take hold around the world as an alternative to tea and
coffee. This roasted Matte has a pleasingly astringent, smooth, roasty character that comes from the roasting process the leaves
undergo after plucking. It makes a perfect pick me up in the morning since it contains more caffeine than coffee or tea, and is
also rich in Vitamin C and other naturally occurring nutrients and antioxidants. It is said in parts of South America “when one
offers Matte, he offers friendship.” We offer you this delicious roasted Matte. Brew some today and drink in the history.
Hot tea brewing method: Bring filtered or freshly drawn cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1 teaspoon for each 7-9oz/200-260ml of fluid volume in the teapot. Pour the boiling water into the teapot. Cover and
let steep for 5-10 minutes according to taste (the longer the steeping time, the better the flavor as more fruit or herb flavor is
extracted). Garnish and sweeten to taste.
Iced tea brewing method (Pitcher): (to make 1 liter/quart):
Place 6 slightly heaping teaspoons into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Using filtered or freshly drawn cold water, boil and pour 1¼ cups/315ml
into the pot. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into your serving pitcher straining
the leaves or removing the tea bags. Add ice and top-up the pitcher with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste. A rule of
thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced tea is to increase the strength of hot tea since it will be poured over ice and diluted
with cold water. (Note: Some luxury quality teas may turn cloudy when poured over ice. This is a sign of luxury quality and
nothing to worry about.)
Iced tea brewing method (Individual Serving): Place 1 slightly heaping teaspoon into
a teapot for each serving required. Using filtered or freshly drawn cold water, boil and pour 6-7oz/170-200ml per serving into
the pot. Cover and let steep for 5 minutes. Add hot tea to a 12oz/375ml acrylic glass filled with ice, straining the leaves or
removing the tea bags. Not all of the tea will fit, allowing for approximately an additional ½ serving. Sweeten and/or add
lemon to taste. A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced tea is to increase the strength of hot tea since it will be
poured over ice and diluted. (Note: Some luxury quality teas may turn cloudy when poured over ice. This is a sign of luxury
quality and nothing to worry about!)
We recommend the use of our ‘1 Cup of Perfect Tea’
measuring spoon for best
FOOD SAFETY ADVISORY:
We strongly recommend using filtered or freshly drawn cold water brought to a rolling boil when brewing all types of tea.
Today‟s water has been known to carry viruses, parasites and bacteria. Boiling the water will kill these elements and reduce
the potential incidence of water-borne illnesses.
Ideal Brewing Temperature: 100ºC/212ºF.
Minimum Brewing Temperature: 90ºC/194ºF