ECOTEAS 'unsmoked' yerba mate is unique. Most yerba mate on the market is dried with smoke from wood fires.
Yerba mate dried with smoke has a strong taste that many people still associate with the herb.
Some people love this smoky taste. Many others do not.
Recently, there have been suggestions that smoke-dried yerba mate might be unhealthy.
There are byproducts in all smoked foods called PAH’s. PAH's have been linked to many health issues, including some forms of cancer.
Many people drink yerba mate for its promise of healthy energy. If this is the case with you, an unsmoked alternative might be a better choice.
Another issue about smoke-drying is ecological. Local sources of firewood in the yerba mate region have been depleted.
Nowadays, most of the firewood comes from a distant area of Argentina called the Gran Chaco. The Gran Chaco is experiencing rapid deforestation as a result of demand for yerba mate.
At ECOTEAS, we sought a better solution. We wanted to go beyond organic and fair trade. We dreamt of creating the most delicious, healthiest unsmoked yerba mate in the world.
Our search brought us to a university in Posadas, Argentina. A professer there had drawn plans for a two-stage drying process using clean air instead of smoke.
With help from a fair trade development fund, our family farmer partners constructed a functional system based on these plans!
The system is much more efficient and clean than any other available technology. First, we flash-heat the yerba mate with hot air. Then we slow-dry it with warm air at 175 degrees Farenheit.
Both stages are 100% smoke-free. This helps us achieve a clean, smooth taste that is truly worthy of the name, Unsmoked!