What is Mate Tea?
What are the benefits of Mate Tea?
Yerba Mate is known as a brain booster because of its stimulating properties which can be attributed to its caffeine content. This tea aids concentration, energy levels, and clarity of mind.
It has been cultivated and enjoyed by Amazonian tribespeople for hundreds of years for these naturally stimulating properties.
What makes Mate Tea unique?
Yerba Mate is very unique as it can only be grown in certain parts of South America. Additionally, it is traditionally prepared in a hollowed-out gourd and sipped through a metal straw called a bombilla.
The bombilla has an enclosed end with small holes that act as a filter to ensure that one drinks the hot beverage rather than the leaves themselves. It is customary for Argentinans to carry this mate-making equipment with them, along with a thermos of hot water in order to enjoy and share Yerba Mate tea infusion all day long.
Mate is most commonly consumed in Central and South America, specifically Argentina, which consumes over 200,000 tonnes of Yerba Mate a year, Bolivia, Brazil, Uruguay, and Paraguay.
How to make Mate Tea?
Yerba Mate can be enjoyed hot or cold, but always without milk. If you are enjoying a Yerba Mate tea infusion hot, then our expert Tea Mixologists recommend brewing 1 Perfect Teaspoon at 100° for 4 minutes.
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