Sweet Orange Yerba Mate Loose Leaf Tea from Brazil is green roasted mate with licorice, orange peels and blossoms. In addition, you will notice a slightly smoky scent. After that, check out our blog post all about Yerba Mate.
Mate is known as Paraguay tea or Yerba mate, and “the drink of the Gods” by natives. However, mate is made from the South American evergreen shrub Ilex paraguayensis. The Shrub is a relative of the common Holly. Mate is indigenous to Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Argentina.
Mate was 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 Roasted Mate and Organic Green Mate.
Our Sweet Orange Mate is a blend of steamed green mate leaves and fire roasted mate. We add orange peel and anise for a vibrant and healthy alternative to coffee. Unlike most herbals, Mate has caffeine but is also rich in Vitamin C, nutrients and antioxidants. Above all, you will get a relaxed but clarifying alertness, perfect for morning consumption.
Mate relieves 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 Sweet Orange Mate multiple times, for instance, for even more cups of great tea.
Brewing Instructions for Sweet Orange 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.