Green Yerba Mate

Yerba Mate has the strength of coffee and deep nutritional benefits.  Yerba mate is made from the naturally caffeinated and nourishing leaves of the celebrated South American rainforest holly tree (Ilex paraguariensis). For centuries, the people have sipped yerba mate from a traditional mate gourd for its rejuvenativen effects.

The leaves of the rainforest mate tree naturally contain 24 vitamins and minerals, 15 amino acids, abundant antioxidants.  Yerba mate contains caffeine, theophylline, and theobromine, well-known stimulants also found in tea, coffee and chocolate.  The caffeine content varies between that of green tea and coffee.  Unlike tea, yerba mate has a low tannin content so it can be strong like coffee with out becoming extremely bitter.  Unlike coffee, yerba mate is not oily and acid forming, so it is less likely to cause stomach acid and jitters.

Yerba mate is very versatile and can be prepared a variety of ways, from a tea infuser or French press to a coffee machine, even an espresso maker.  It can be consumed hot, or cold, and served with milk and honey or iced with lemon and mint, the combinations are endless.

Yerba mate is the national drink of Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Southern Brazil where it is consumed 6 to 1 over coffee
Origin: Parana, Brazil
Elevation: 1500-3000 feet
Water Volume: 200-260 ml / 7-9 oz
Water Temp: 180-200 degrees
Steeping Time: 3 minutes
Tea Amount: 3g, 2 tsp
Multiple Infusions: 3