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!
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...
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!
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.
We coined the term UNSMOKED to describe our organic farm's exclusive smoke-free yerba mate drying process. Our process is cleaner and more efficient than any other technology that is currently available. First we flash-heat the yerba mate with hot air. Then we slow-dry it with warm air. Both stages are 100% smoke-free. Read more...