Teas & Mates / Mate

Yerba mate is primarily consumed in South America. It consists of the leaves of Ilex paraguariensis, which are used after drying to create this stimulating drink (rich in caffeine). Generally consumed in a calabash (mate) and drunk through a filtering straw (bombilla), it is brewed in water at a temperature of 70-80°C. Boiling water makes the drink more bitter.

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A tradition from Latin America

Mate comes from South America, and more specifically from Ilex paraguariensis (yerba mate), a plant belonging to the holly family.

It grows naturally in the wild, near rivers or in the heart of the forests of Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil.

At the time, it was cultivated by a local people, the "Guaranis", before being exported throughout the country with the help of the Jesuits.

This is where its nickname "Jesuit tea" comes from!

Today, mate is the pride and joy of Argentina, and has also found its way to Europe.

It is consumed as a drink in its own right, or used in many culinary recipes. A beverage synonymous with conviviality!

The virtues of yerba mate

Do you want to improve your ability to concentrate? Stimulate your body? Balance your mood?

Yerba mate can help you on a daily basis: take advantage of its physical and mental benefits.

  • Feeling sluggish? Mate has just the right amount of caffeine (mateine) to stimulate your brain activity and physical fitness, without over-excitement.
    It's ideal for students or sports enthusiasts during blockades
  • Yerba maté contains numerous vitamins and minerals: A, B1, B2, C, calcium, potassium, magnesium, etc
    So it helps to balance your mood.
  • It's also an excellent weight-loss ally, as it has diuretic properties, promotes fat burning and has an appetite-suppressant effect.
  • Finally, mate is a natural antioxidant.

How to enjoy mate?

Opt for the traditional method by preparing it in a calabash (a dried, hollowed-out gourd) and siphoning it through a bombilla (stainless steel straw)!
To brew it, you need water at 70° to 80°, as boiling water makes the drink more bitter. Leave to infuse for 5 minutes and enjoy!

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