This October, we are featuring one of our favorite caffeinated beverages. Yerba mate, which is cultivated from the South American plant with the same name, is often referred to as the “drink of the gods” for its nutritious benefits. This plant is a member of the holly tree family and has been consumed for centuries by indigenous South Americans —particularly in the subtropical rainforests of Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina.
Like coffee & other teas, yerba mate packs a punch of caffeine and can be brewed in its green form but can also be aged or even toasted. According to a study by the Pasteur Institute in Paris in 1964, no other plant in the world can deliver as many minerals, amino acids, and vitamins as yerba mate and as such, it can be considered one of nature’s most balanced stimulants.
Our offering is an organic product from Brazil. We would describe it as “invigorating and nourishing with a complex, earthy body and a smooth, mellow finish.” We recommend brewing in water that is at a slightly lower temperature — similar to green tea — around 158-176 degrees Fahrenheit. Depending on your desired strength, you can brew for anywhere from 3-10 minutes.