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Yerba Mate (er-ba, mah-tay) is the leaf of an herb grown in South America. It contains mateine which is a compound similar to caffeine and will provide your body with alertness and energy, although mateine often does not have the negative side effects that are felt by those who are sensitive to caffeine. Many insist that mateine does not effect the ability to fall asleep.
Mate is good for several steepings. There are many methods and traditions for preparing mate, but the main consideration is that very hot water will create a bitter beverage. A water temperature of 170 to 180 will produce strong flavor without the bitter components. The flavor is similar to that of green tea, with a grassy aroma, subtle sweet leafy taste, and a clean crisp aftertaste. It can be drank iced as well.
Ingredients: Organic Yerba Mate
Tasting Notes: Spring fresh, Green Tea, slightly sweet
Steep: 2 tsp of tea for every 12oz water. Water temperature: 180. Sweetener optional. Steep time: Start with 2 minutes, but each time you resteep the leaves give it a little more time.
Approximately 18 tsp in a 1 ounce package.