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It's Time for Tereré! Posted on 03 Apr 13:45 , 1 comment

The days are getting longer and warmer. As I work up a sweat in the garden, or play outside with my family in the lingering dusk, I start to get excited for tereré.

tereré

Tereré (say tay-ray-ray) is an iced yerba mate tea from Paraguay. It's refreshing, invigorating, and delicious. Best of all, unlike regular iced tea which takes hours to make, you can make tereré in a minute.

Here's the gear you need:

  • A pitcher or wide-mouthed thermos
  • A bombilla
  • A small glass or metal cup

And here are the ingredients:

  • Loose yerba mate
  • A fresh lime or lemon
  • Sweetener
  • Ice
  1. First, fill your small cup with loose yerba mate.
  2. Next, insert your bombilla filter-end-down into the cup, all the way to the bottom.
  3. Now put the cup aside for a moment.
  4. Fill the pitcher with ice.
  5. Squeeze in a fresh lime or two.
  6. Fill the pitcher with fresh water.
  7. Finally, stir in some of your favorite sweetener to taste.

That's it! Easy peasy. Pour little sips from the pitcher into the cup, then sip until it gurgles. Pass it around in a circle with your friends, just like hot mate.

(In case you're wondering, you don't need hot water to extract caffeine or nutrition from the herb. The cold water will slowly extract yerba mate's goodness with repeated pours.)

Do you have your own favorite tereré recipe? Like to use soda water for a bit of fizz? Like to use orange juice, crushed raspberries, or pear juice instead of lime? Let us know in the comments thread below.

 

 


Yerba Mate Caffeine Posted on 16 Dec 09:52 , 0 comments

 Why Does the Caffeine in Yerba Mate Feel So Much Better Than Coffee?  

A tablespoon of yerba mate naturally provides 30 mg of caffeine. But that's just the beginning of the story...

Yerba mate also contains theobromine, the feel-good stimulant in chocolate, and theophylline, the mental energizer in green and black tea. These three stimulants work together to produce a sustained body-and-mind effect that is greater than the sum of its parts. 

In addition to caffeine, yerba mate provides abundant vitamins and minerals. By contrast, coffee may actually block your body's capacity to absorb vital minerals. Yerba mate's unique medley of stimulation and nutrition helps maintain your body's balance, and won't leave you jittery or crashed afterwards.

One of the best things about yerba mate is that you can easily tailor its strength to your needs by employing different preparation methods. A yerba mate tea bag has about as much caffeine as a cup of green tea. A few tablespoons of loose yerba mate in a French press can range from black tea to regular coffee. And if you brew loose yerba mate with a gourd and bombilla, you can get a potent pick-me-up that will provide physical and mental energy all day long.

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Yerba Mate with Tulsi and Peppermint - Heaven in a Cup! Posted on 17 Nov 10:45 , 0 comments

 

 

It's a rainy afternoon in the middle of winter. You can't seem to stay awake. If you drink a cup of coffee, you'll be up all night. You need something gentle yet potent. You need Holy Mate!

1. Holy Mate! is Delicious - Holy Mate! is a blend of our signature ECOTEAS unsmoked yerba mate with tulsi and a pinch of peppermint. Holy Mate! is deeply satisfying yet light on its feet.

2. Holy Mate! Works - Holy Mate! will give you the energy boost you're looking for. Gram for gram, Holy Mate! has about as much caffeine as green tea. But unlike green tea, you can brew it "yerba mate strong."

3. Holy Mate Reduces Adrenal Fatigue - Many people mistakenly think of tulsi as a sedative. Tulsi will not make you sleepy. Tulsi reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Chronic excess cortisol can contribute to many maladies, from hypertension and heart disease to obesity and suppressed immunity. By reducing cortisol, tulsi opens the window for your body's natural energy to return. Tulsi is a great herb to blend with yerba mate's balanced medley of stimulation, nutrition, and antioxidants!

 

I'm particularly fond of Holy Mate! in the doldrums after lunch, or when I go out dancing.

It's also great when I didn't get enough sleep the night before, or when I'm coming down with something.

Holy Mate! is also the world's best hangover tea.

Holy Mate! picks me up without letting me down afterward. 

 Here's where you can get yourself some Holy Mate! today. 

 


Four Fall Flavors for Yerba Mate Posted on 30 Sep 09:28 , 0 comments

Yerba Mate + Cinnamon + Cacao

Feeling snoozy with the sudden loss of daylight? Missing those warm days by the riverside? Here's a little something to warm your bones. Use a heaping tablespoon of raw cacao powder and a dash of cinnamon. Sprinkle them onto the loose yerba mate in your French press, or add them right to your mug if you're using a bombilla. Cacao and Yerba Mate go together like a happy old couple that's still in love.

Yerba Mate with Cacao

 

Yerba Mate + Tulsi + Peppermint

Holy Mate! We liked this combo so much that we made it into a product. The tulsi supports your adrenals and strengthens your immune system. The peppermint adds a refreshing brightness. Drink it after lunch, after a night of dancing, or anytime you need a balanced boost.

Tulsi with Yerba Mate

 

Yerba Mate + Hibiscus + Lemongrass

Uh Oh. Starting to feel a little beleaguered? You're not sick yet, but you can feel it coming on. You need some bioavailable vitamin C and you need it fast. Don't take a handful of pills from that bottle in the back of your cupboard. Just brew some lemongrass and hibiscus into your morning yerba mate. Brew it strong and dark as red wine in moonlight.

 

Yerba Mate + Lemon + Ginger

It happens to everyone once in a while. You've been working hard, getting things done. You left the window open last night because you love the cricket song. Now your throat is dry and scratchy. Your limbs ache. You can't quite seem to get warm. Dice a pinkie-sized chunk of fresh ginger into a pot of boiling water. Squeeze in a whole, fresh lemon. Use this water to brew your mate. Put on some slippers and your favorite fluffy hat. Take the morning off.

 

Incidentally, here's a great deal on some great yerba mate...


Why does some yerba mate have stem & powder while others are pure leaf? Posted on 20 Sep 12:43 , 0 comments

Not all loose yerba mate looks the same. There's a wide range of varieties out there, from emerald-green Brazilian yerba mate to tawny, smoky Paraguayan yerba mate.

All Yerba Mate Starts out Looking Like This!

Let's put aside questions of drying and aging methods for a moment, which determine a yerba mate's color and aroma, as we consider the types of yerba mate "cuts" that are available.

In our warehouse in southern Oregon, we keep three different yerba mate cuts in stock. The first variety is a finely milled pure-leaf cut that we use for manufacturing tea bags. Our Tea Bag Cut brews fast and strong, which makes it ideal for use in our Pure Yerba Mate and Holy Mate! Tea Bags. This blend is not available to individual consumers, but you can shoot us an email at info@yerbamate.com if you're a manufacturer seeking supply.

Loose Yerba Mate

Pure Leaf Yerba Mate is a Great Choice for the Coffee Maker

The second cut we keep in stock is our signature Pure Leaf Cut that you will find in our Pure Leaf One-Pounders and Five Pounders. A Pure Leaf Cut has little to no stem in it, and very little powder as well. Pure Leaf Yerba Mate is a nice choice when you're brewing yerba mate in a French Press, espresso machine, or coffee percolator. It's easy to work with, and it makes a strong, bright cup of mate.

Finally, check out our Leaf/Stem Yerba Mate, which I prefer whenever I am making a traditional mate or terere. Also known as Yerba Mate Con Palo (Spanish for "Yerba Mate With Stem"), Traditional Whole Plant Yerba Mate contains stem and powder as well as leaf. Its flavor is milder (suave in Spanish) than Pure Leaf Yerba Mate. The stems add a subtle roundness to the flavor, while the powder lends a frothiness that some people compare to Japanese matcha tea. 

Choose a Whole Plant Cut when Drinking Mate Traditional-Style

Whole Plant Yerba Mate contains about 85% the caffeine of Pure Leaf Yerba Mate, but Whole Plant is actually higher in antioxidants. Because Whole Plant Yerba Mate uses more of the harvest, it is more ecological as well as economical. Compare prices here!


Burning the Midnight Mate Posted on 18 Aug 10:11 , 0 comments

Yerba mate makes me happy. I love the way yerba mate smells and tastes. I love the way it feels.

Sometimes, when I'm getting into bed at night, I get excited because I know that I will soon be drinking yerba mate when I wake. As this wave of anticipation hits me, I actually smell yerba mate in my imagination, the way I sometimes smell the pine trees in a mountain range I climbed long ago, or the way I smell a lost beloved in a stranger's fragrant perfume. 

Speaking of nostalgia, I sometimes wish I were back in college. Not only because then I could shamelessly spend my afternoons reading books under a sugar maple. If I were back in college, and I needed to study for a test or write a paper, I could pack myself a gourd, and I wouldn't have to wait til morning.

And so, in honor of college kids everywhere, we are offering a sale on yerba mate starter kits here. Ends on Monday night, so grab one while you can!


Some things NOT to do with your bombilla Posted on 07 Apr 10:13 , 0 comments

Yerba Mate Bombilla Camping Trip

When you realize you forgot to pack a butter knife on your trip to Castle Crags, do not use your bombilla to spread almond butter on flatbread. 

Your bombilla is only to be used for enjoying yerba mate. (and other tea too)

Do not use your bombilla as a screwdriver. It is not a Swiss army knife.

Your bombilla is only to be used for enjoying yerba mate. (and other tea too)

When you get a flat tire and you need to patch your tube and it's raining and almost dark, do not use your bombilla as a tire iron.

Your bombilla is only to be used for enjoying yerba mate. (and other tea too)

Do not use your bombilla as a makeshift pipe on a road trip in the Central Valley. Unless you are very careful, you will end up with a mouthful of flaming herb.

Your bombilla is only to be used for drinking yerba mate. (and other tea too)

Drink hot yerba mate with ginger and cinnamon.

Drink iced yerba mate with honey and lime.

Share yerba mate with your husband, your brother, your friend.

Keep a mug of yerba mate nearby while you work, and add fresh water whenever you need inspiration. 

Keep a bombilla in your glove box, your bike bag, your backpack, your silverware drawer.

It's a metal straw. With a filter on the bottom. For drinking tea. How cool is that?

Do not borrow your friend's bombilla. Buy one here instead.

 

 

 

 


Yerba Mate, Weight Loss, & Sugar? Posted on 28 Mar 10:24 , 0 comments

ECOTEAS Unsmoked Yerba Mate has a lot of benefits. Yerba mate is energizing, nutritious, loaded with antioxidants, and it raises metabolism. Wait, what? Yerba mate raises metabolism?

Yes, yerba mate raises metabolism. That's a huge benefit. As we age, as we stress, as we get busy in life, it can be really hard to keep our metabolisms pumping along. Sugar is not helping.

Why would you put cane sugar in a health tonic? It doesn't make sense. If you want to experience the full benefits of yerba mate, skip the sugar. Unsmoked yerba mate, when brewed right, doesn't need sugar anyway!

At ECOTEAS, we brew 100% unsmoked yerba mate in our bottles. We brew it strong but we brew it right - not too long or hot, so it doesn't get bitter. Then we add whole herbs to flavor the brews - things you know and love: lemongrass, hibiscus, mint. Yum! 

No sugar crash. No sticky residue on your tongue. None of the countless health problems that sugar is known to cause. Just pure, organic, delicious tea in a bottle.

Too many people are addicted to sugar. When we developed our bottled yerba mate line, we chose not to feed that addiction. We know in our hearts that you are ready for something better. Enjoy...


A Journey to the Yerba Mate Source Posted on 01 Mar 09:54 , 3 comments


The year was 2001. We were running our new yerba mate business out of the living room of a tiny house in southern Oregon. We had a handful of accounts and a small but enthusiastic local following. We were blending tea by hand in our backyard.

And then our domestic yerba mate supplier suddenly went out of business.

With supplies running short, we scraped up enough money to buy a plane ticket for Stefan Schachter, our company founder, to fly down to South America and tour the yerba mate region in search of an organic grower.

Stefan traveled all over Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina. "Organic" wasn't really a thing down there yet. While he was welcomed with open arms wherever he went, he had trouble finding a certified organic yerba mate grower.

Nearing the end of his stay, Stefan had one last idea. He visited a natural food store in Buenos Aires and bought a half-kilo bag of organic yerba mate off the shelf. He went to the nearest payphone and called the number on the back of the bag.

A twelve hour bus ride later, he found himself sharing a mate with his future friend and business partner Johnny. Stefan was immediately impressed by the rich flavor and potency of Johnny’s yerba mate.

“We do not dry our yerba mate with smoke,” Johnny explained. “My grandfather actually developed a unique system that boils water and sends it through coils, and uses fans to blow air over the coils, and the yerba is on a conveyor belt above the fans, and… You will have to come see for yourself.”

They headed out to the farm down a long dirt road as twisting and bumpy as a riverbed. With a background in sustainable agriculture and a lifelong appreciation for nature, Stefan fell in love with the farm right away. The air was alive with birds and butterflies. Native forest corridors surrounded sections of well-tended yerba mate groves. The family welcomed him into their home and treated him as family.

That night, as they sipped the local iced yerba mate treat known as terere and watched fireflies dance above the yard, Johnny explained to Stefan, “Our farm has always been organic. We love this land. It is our home.”

Fifteen years later, we are still going strong. Thank you Johnny for believing in us, and thanks to your family for growing the best yerba mate in the world!

A New Yerba Mate Product for You! Posted on 21 Dec 13:08 , 0 comments

I have to be honest. I can't remember the last time I bought a box of tea bags. I prefer loose yerba mate. In addition to being wasteful and uneconomical, I just find tea bags to be too confining. But to every rule there is an exception. I love our new 3-gram 75-count bulk yerba mate tea bag format! Check it out here. 

 

This new product is just the kind of thing I love to sell: straightforward, minimalistic, high-quality, and a great deal. If you are a yerba mate fan looking for an easy and affordable way to enjoy mugful after mugful of healthy energy, this product is for you.

Enjoy,

Joe C.

 

 

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