WHAT IS YERBA MATÉ?
Yerba Maté comes from a tree native to the forests of South America, and the history of it dates back to the 16th century, when it was traditionally consumed by the native Guarani people for its medicinal properties.
IN A NUTSHELL:
Yerba Maté is fresh, clean, and grassy! It is dense in nutrients, high in caffeine, and is great for stimulating digestion and metabolism, while promoting overall wellness.
Yerba Maté is lovely served so many different ways: hot, iced, unsweetened, or with a spoonful of honey! Avoid steeping in overly hot water to prevent tea from tasting astringent - steaming not boiling is best for Yerba Maté.
Legend says that the South American Guarani people were taught to prepare and drink Yerba Maté by Yari, the goddess of the moon. 🌙
HOW TO DRINK IT THE TRADITIONAL WAY:
Yerba Maté is traditionally prepared in a gourd (see stripped small cup in photo), which is lined with cork. The gourd requires a curing process, similar to cast iron. Curing occurs as you keep using your gourd, and this prevents cracking, molding, and improves the flavor of your tea. Bombillas are metal straws used to drink the maté out of your gourd. At the end of the straw there is a filter, so you can sip your tea as the tea leaves float freely in your cup without sucking up leaves!
Add 1-2 teaspoons of Yerba Maté to your gourd and pour hot water (not boiling) over your leaves, and sip through your bombilla straw!
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