Organic Green Yerba Mate Loose Leaf Tea from the Mato Grosso state in Brazil is organic green, unroasted mate offering the true gaucho experience.
The flavor is full bodied with a slight wild, bitter earthy taste with grassy and oak notes. Rich in mateine, Yerba Mate was used as caffeine in Latin America before the advent of coffee. Made from the South American evergreen shrub Ilex paraguayensis, a relative of the common Holly, Yerba Mate is indigenous to Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Argentina.
Yerba Mate has been used by natives for centuries as a sustaining beverage through draught and famine. Jesuit missionaries first realized the economic potential of this beverage and started plantations back in the mid 1600’s.
Yerba Mate is traditionally drunk from a gourd or mate and sipped through a straw known as a bombilla. It is said “when one offers mate, one offers friendship”.
Yerba Mate is suggested for relief of headaches (or hangovers) and is known as an appetite suppressant. Brew some today and drink in the history of this amazing tea. 20 to 25 cups of tea can be made from 2 oz of loose leaf tea. We also suggest steeping our Organic Green Yerba Mate multiple times for even more cups of great tea.
Prepared like tea, these gems contain no tea leaves. All blends are caffeine-free, except for the Mate. Use boiling water, (Mate should use water at 176) infusions can be steeped up to 10 minutes depending on personal preferences. All teas are sold in 2oz packets from which 20-25 cups of tea can be brewed, unless otherwise noted.
Store in a dry place.