Mate was first discovered by the Guaraní, a people who inhabited the region that includes southern Brazil, Paraguay and northeastern Argentina. According to legend, the plant was discovered by divine intervention. The story goes that many centuries ago, the goddesses of the Moon and Clouds decided to pay Earth a visit. They touched down in the jungle and were greeted by a vicious Yaguareté, a type of jaguar. Just as they were about to be attacked, an old man appeared out of the trees and fought off the beast saving their lives. To repay him for this heroic act, the goddesses presented the old man with a new type of plant, mate, with which he could prepare a “drink of friendship”. The old man prepared the beverage for his family and from there its popularity grew, steadily becoming the drink of choice for Latin American social gatherings.
While still a relatively novel commodity in North America, Mate‟s popularity in parts of Latin America is massive. In Uruguay consumption is so widespread that the government saw fit to enact a law that bans Mate drinking while driving for fear of accidents caused by spilling hot water. In Argentina, where mate is the national drink, it is not uncommon to see people toting calabash gourds, (the traditional container), and thermoses for rapid preparation on the go. Many Argentinean gas stations even provide free hot water to travelers so they can prepare a cup. While nowhere near on the same scale, Mate popularity has grown in North America as well. By some estimates, the drink accounts for 5% of North American hot beverage sales.
Doing our part to boost consumption everywhere, we‟re pleased to offer this fabulous organic Mate. Sourced from a superb grower in Brazil, this Mate is a relatively broad-leafed variety with some stalk. When infused it produces a robust cup with hints of green tea grassiness, oak, tobacco, and a faint touch of coffee. A stunning example of South America‟s favorite drink! Salud!
|Makes Great Iced Tea||No|
|Chinese Gongfu Method (Water Amount)||8.45 fl oz / 250 ml|
|Chinese Gongfu Method (Water Temp)||180 F / 82 C|
|Chinese Gongfu Method (Amount)||1 Teaspoon|
|Chinese Gongfu Method (Time)||3 Minutes, repeat until flavor is exhausted|
|Western Method (Water Amount)||8.45 fl oz / 250 ml|
|Western Method (Water Temp)||212 F / 100 C|
|Western Method (Amount)||1 Teaspoon|
|Western Method (Time)||3-7 Mins (to taste)|
|Steeping Notes||Traditionally, the recommendation has been that green tea be brewed at 180°F/82°C. Regretfully, modern society makes it necessary to consider that water may not be free of harmful bacteria and other impurities. Therefore you need to boil water to kill bacteria. If you wish to use traditional brewing temperatures bring the water to a boil and allow it to cool to the desired brewing temperature – it’s the food safe thing to do!|