Organic Green Mate
Organic Herbal Tea
Country of Origin: Brazil.
Grade: Cut and Sift.
Altitude: Below 1000 ft.
Manufacture Type: Unroasted.
Cup Characteristics: True gaucho flavour, full bodied but slightly bitter and wild. Mate is rich in mateine and was used as caffeine in Latin America before the advent of coffee.
Infusion: Tending light and yellowish
Ingredients: Luxury organic* green mate.
Antioxidant Level: Very high.
Caffeine Content: Medium.
*Organic Certified Organic by Pro-Cert Organic Systems (Organic Equivalency with COR, NOP, EU, JAS)
Certified Organic Brazilian Green Mate
Mate was first discovered by the Guaraní, a people who inhabited the region that includes southern Brazil, Paraguay and northeastern Argentina. According to legend, the plant was discovered by divine intervention. The story goes that many centuries ago, the goddesses of the Moon and Clouds decided to pay Earth a visit. They touched down in the jungle and were greeted by a vicious Yaguareté, a type of jaguar. Just as they were about to be attacked, an old man appeared out of the trees and fought off the beast saving their lives. To repay him for this heroic act, the goddesses presented the old man with a new type of plant, mate, with which he could prepare a “drink of friendship”. The old man prepared the beverage for his family and from there its popularity grew, steadily becoming the drink of choice for Latin American social gatherings.
While still a relatively novel commodity in North America, Mate’s popularity in parts of Latin America is massive. In Uruguay consumption is so widespread that the government saw fit to enact a law that bans Mate drinking while driving for fear of accidents caused by spilling hot water. In Argentina, where mate is the national drink, it is not uncommon to see people toting calabash gourds, (the traditional container), and thermoses for rapid preparation on the go. Many Argentinean gas stations even provide free hot water to travelers so they can prepare a cup. While nowhere near on the same scale, Mate popularity has grown in North America as well. By some estimates, the drink accounts for 5% of North American hot beverage sales.
Doing our part to boost consumption everywhere, we’re pleased to offer this fabulous organic Mate. Sourced from a superb grower in Brazil, this Mate is a relatively broad-leafed variety with some stalk. When infused it produces a robust cup with hints of green tea grassiness, oak, tobacco, and a faint touch of coffee. A stunning example of South America’s favorite drink! Salud!
Simple Hot Tea Brewing Method
Bring freshly drawn cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1 teaspoon of tea for each cup into a teapot (For a more intense flavour, add a bit more tea). Fill with boiled water. Cover and let steep for 3-7 minutes, according to taste (the longer it steeps the stronger the tea).
Traditional Brewing Method
Mate is traditionally prepared in a hollowed calabash gourd known as a mate or guampa. The gourd is packed anywhere from 1/2 to 2/3 full of leaves and then filled with hot, but not boiling water (70 - 80ºC / 160 - 180ºF). Next, a stylized silver straw tipped with a built in strainer, the bombadillo, is inserted into the gourd. The brewed mate is then sipped through the bombadillo.
Once finished, the mate may re-brewed upwards of 10 times.
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