Yerba Mate Gift Set

Regular price $70.00
Description: This gift set is the perfect introduction to Yerba Mate, both its taste and its traditions. YERBA MATE (Ilex paraguariensis), a plant native to subtropical Paraguay, is related to the holly family. Originally harvested by the indigenous Guaraní people of the region, the arrival of European Settlers spread the consumption of this plant across the continent. Yerba boasts high amounts of antioxidants, minerals, and both anti-inflammatory and cholesterol-lowering properties.

Yerba's growing popularity as a coffee substitute in North America is likely due to the caffeine content. There is comparatively more caffeine in a cup of Yerba than in most teas. This drink is an excellent choice for a consumer looking to boost focus and reduce fatigue.

The vessel used for Yerba, traditionally a cured, hollow gourd, is known as the mate (pronounced maté). This holds the yerba, a complex word which translates roughly to ‘herb’ in English. A straw crafted with a filter helps to strain the loose infusion, and is usually called a bombilla. Often, a single prepared Yerba Mate is ritually passed around a group who have gathered to relax and socialize, much as you would gather for tea or coffee.


How to Use:

Brewed as Tea - Each trial pouch contains between 10 - 18 grams of loose yerba leaves (or approximately 1/4 cup). For most of our teas and tisanes, we suggest 2g of loose tea per cup of water, so each trial pouch will get you around 5 - 8 cups of tea (or a generous pot or two of tea to share). The perfect amount of tea to experiment with!

Traditional Brewing - As Yerba is not made from the tea plant (camellia sinensis), there is no astringency with a long steep. Typically, a mate (the dried, hollow gourd) is filled about half-way with Yerba leaves, on which cold or boiling water is poured. This is sipped on through a filtering straw known as a bombilla, and re-steeped throughout the day.

Contents:

  • 1x  Traditional, cured Argentinian gourd
  • 1x  metal Bombilla ‘tea straw’
  • 3x Yerba Trial packs - 1x Green Yerba, 1x Roasted Yerba and 1x Westholme blended Mate Chai.
All contents are beautifully packaged in a hand-stamped kraft box, ready to be gifted.

The organic teas we import are artisanally farmed and crafted. They may change with each harvest season. The same tea harvested at a different time of year and processed by a different tea maker will vary slightly in flavour and finish.

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