HERBAL SOUTH AMERICAN YERBA MATÉ TEA
One of the few tisanes in the world that comes bursting with caffeine! Yerba maté tea is a brew that comes from the South American Ilex paraguariensis tree that indigenous to countries like Paraguay, Brazil, and Argentina. This herbal tea was first cultivated as a medicinal ingredient by the Guaraní people and soon became closely intertwined with South American culture. In fact, one census found that 98% of Argentinians have yerba maté in the kitchen cabinet at home!
When brewed, yerba mate has distinctly earthy flavours with smoky notes and umami aftertaste. Such unique tasting notes and camphorous aroma may take some getting used to; however, South Americans love this brew for its health benefits! Unlike coffee, yerba maté is thought to boast a “clean buzz”. The caffeine keeps you alert and focused while the ratio of theobromine (a compound also found in cocoa) balances any adverse side effects. In fact, yerba maté is thought to help one achieve lucid dreaming! Therefore, if you’re after a colourful night’s sleep, this is the tea for you. Find out more about this tea’s fun properties here.
You can make yerba maté the exact same way as tea. However, there is a traditional way to drink it! Yerba maté is normally drunk from a decorative gourd using a metal or stainless steel spoon-like straw called a bombilla. You can purchase your own yerba maté straw here.
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