Yerba mate has been showing up in a lot of energy drinks lately. These pre-brewed products offer many of the benefits of yerba mate in an easy-to-drink format. But as for me, I'm going to stick with loose yerba mate. Here are three of my main reasons why:
1. Whole Herb Goodness
In addition to a ton of sugar, a lot of yerba mate drinks have artificially high caffeine contents as the result of added extracts. Loose yerba mate naturally contains a whole galaxy of phytonutrients working in concert with caffeine to provide a uniquely balanced stimulation. Extra caffeine may add a layer of jazz to these drinks, but it's easy to get spun on them. Why not brew your own loose yerba mate exactly how you like it? Loose yerba mate is more authentic, more versatile, and more tasty. It isn't pasteurized and it has no added acidifiers. Loose yerba mate is fresh, good, and real.
2. The Price is Nice
Our five pound bag of leaf/stem yerba mate is currently on sale for $36. Breaking that down, our five pound bag of loose yerba mate provides 375 six-gram servings at ten cents per serving. Compare that to what you currently pay for bottles of pre-brewed yerba mate. Now multiply the difference by 365 days in a year. Brew your own loose yerba mate at home, and spend the money you save on someone you love. :)
3. Give the Earth a Break
Nobody's perfect. We all have carbon footprints that are bigger than we'd like them to be. But in our 21st century climate reality, it's difficult to justify trucking our daily beverages around the country. This is an easy thing you can do to make a difference. Why not let clouds carry water to the place where you live? We'll send you the loose yerba mate. From the perspective of shipping weight alone (not counting the environmental costs of glass or aluminum manufacture, printing, brewing, and bottling), loose yerba mate is 75 times more efficient than bottled yerba mate.
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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.
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 + 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you're a manufacturer seeking supply.
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!
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!