For years, conflicting and sometimes inaccurate information has spread about the caffeine content of yerba mate. In this article we'll present our best understanding of yerba mate caffeine and how its stimulant properties differ from those of other caffeinated beverages.
The yerba mate gourd is a striking balance of contrasts. The warm gourd nearly overflows with froth. The bombilla rises out, inviting us to share. Yerba mate is a versatile herb—you can brew it a thousand ways—but for us at ECOTEAS, the yerba mate gourd is the beginning and end of all things yerba. Yes, the yerba mate gourd requires attention and skill. If we open to its magic, the gourd can be a great teacher. It can help us slow down and connect.
Yerba Mate tea is made from the leaves of a small holly tree native to the semi-tropical forests of South America. At every stage of cultivation and processing, our family farm partners employ techniques they have perfected over four generations to produce unsmoked yerba mate of outstanding quality.
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Yerba mate comes from the South American countries of Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay. Yerba mate’s natural range includes an oval-shaped area that overlaps the northern tip of Argentina, southwestern Brazil, and southeastern Paraguay. At the geographical heart of this region where the three countries meet is the famous Falls of Iguazú, truly one of the great wonders of the natural world.
Lately, you've been hearing a lot about yerba mate's array of health benefits. You're drawn to yerba mate for its long-lasting mental and physical boost, its host of antioxidants and nutrition, and its thermogenic effect, but you're still a bit confused about the best way to prepare it.
Maybe you've heard that yerba mate tastes grassy or bitter. You want to make the switch to yerba mate, but you also want your morning drink to taste amazing. You don't want to have to add a ton of sugar to get there, which would cancel out the benefits you seek from yerba mate in the first place.
Don't worry, it's not complicated to make a healthy cup of yerba mate that tastes great, too.
Whether you're using loose yerba mate or yerba mate tea bags, it's important to follow three simple rules whenever you brew it. 1. Moisten the yerba mate with cool water first. 2. Never use boiling water—170F is ideal. 3. Steep for five minutes max.
That's it! Easy, right? A dollop of honey and a splash of creamer are great additions, but not necessary if you follow the basic rules. If you're brewing loose yerba mate in a French press (my preferred method), you can also add a sprig of mint, some diced ginger, or some orange peel for added delight.
For more info on the yerba mate ritual of sharing and hospitality with a gourd and a bombilla, go here.