Organic Yerba Mate Green Tea
Full-bodied with a slight wild, bitter earthy taste and grassy, oak notes. Rich in mateine, Yerba Mate, was used as caffeine in Latin America before coffee. Made from the 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 drought and famine. Jesuit missionaries also realized the economic potential of this beverage and started plantations back in the mid-1600s.
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 Sweet Orange Mate.
Drink Yerba Mate Green Tea to relieve headaches (or hangovers), and it will suppress your appetite.
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.
Brewing Instructions for Organic Yerba Mate Green Tea
Steep this tea multiple times. Loose-leaf teas have far more flavor than traditional tea bags due to their 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 it in the fridge for wonderful iced tea.
Store in a dry place.