Roasted Yerba Mate Loose Leaf Tea is from northern Argentina. The tea has a pleasingly astringent, smooth taste with a ‘roasty’ character from the process the leaves undergo after plucking.
Yerba Mate is commonly known as “the drink of the Gods” by natives. Made from the South American evergreen shrub Ilex paraguayensis, for instance, a relative of the common Holly, Yerba Mate is indigenous to Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Argentina. After that, check out our blog post all about Yerba Mate.
Roasted Yerba Mate is a perfect pick-me-up and 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.
Similarly, 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”. Local Tea Company offers three different yerba mates, check out our Organic Green Mate and Sweet Orange Mate.
Our Roasted Yerba Mate is a healthy alternative to coffee. Unlike most herbals Yerba Mate has caffeine but is also rich in Vitamin C, nutrients and antioxidants and will give you a relaxed but clarifying alertness, perfect for morning consumption.
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 Roasted Yerba Mate Loose Leaf Tea multiple times for even more cups of great tea.
Brewing Instructions for Roasted Mate Tea
Steep this tea multiple times. Loose leaf teas have far more flavor than traditional tea bags due to the superior quality and freshness. Tea strength is a personal decision. Please experiment to determine your preferences.
Use boiling water and allow your tea to steep as little as 3 minutes or as much as 10 minutes. For each of the following steeps use boiling water and double the steep time. If you do not want to drink all the tea, store in fridge for wonderful iced tea.
Store in a dry place.