If you are looking for a new caffeine kick, yerba mate tea maybe your new mate to sit down with for a brew.
Yerba mate tea is made from the South American yerba mate plant. It bears the strength of coffee and the health benefits of tea, providing both energy and nutrition.
Yerba mate is well known for increasing energy and enhancing mental clarity, alertness, focus and concentration. It also provides the body with 24 vitamins and amino acids, including B vitamins, iron, calcium and zinc.
In South America, drinking yerba mate or mate has social and cultural importance. Like breaking bread with friends and family, sharing mate with a traditional gourd is a sign of friendship and bonding.
Yerba mate teas have become more readily available outside of South America in recent years owing to some imports and UK-based brands selling blends, although it is still considered an “acquired taste” to many and demand is not as high as say, matcha tea, for instance.
For those who do not have a traditional gourd and bombilla to drink yerba mate from, there are yerba mate tea bags that are available. The yerba mate tea bags are also a good way to introduce yourself to the drink to see if it is something you like and whether it is worth you investing in a gourd and bombilla.
Life & Soul Magazine puts yerba mate tea bags to the test.
Amanda Original Yerba Mate Tea Bags
Amanda Original Yerba Mate is one of the most popular brands of mate in South America. The Argentinian brand may not be easy to find in stores but you will likely find it to purchase online for delivery to the UK, USA and worldwide. If you really want to buy a good quality mate, Amanda would be your first port of call.
The Argentinian brand, Amanda, was set up by a Polish immigrant, Juan Szychowski, in the province of Misiones at the turn of the 20th century. In honour of its founder, Amanda set up the Fundación Bronislada Kruchowski de Szychowski. The foundation supports, promotes and protects wildlife, ecology, culture preservation and indigenous communities in the Misones area of Argentina.
Amanda Original Yerba Mate Tea Bags give a taste as authentic as drinking mate from the gourd using tea leaves. Steep the tea bag for longer to get the strength of mate in line with drinking a brew made using tea leaves. Amanda Original Yerba Mate Tea Bags gives a strong and earthy taste, and is very grounding and comforting.
If you can get your hands on it, Amanda Original Yerba Mate Tea Bags is the one.
Teapigs Yerba Mate Tea Temples
Anyone who loves their teas will be familiar with the Teapigs brand, and their Yerba Mate Tea Temples hit all the right notes. What is most noticeable about the Teapigs Yerba Mate Tea Temples is the energy boost it gives. Keep the tea temple steeped in hot water for 2-3 minutes and what you get is a robust taste akin to a bitter green tea.
The taste, typical of mate, mutates the longer you leave the bag in – Teapigs Yerba Mate Tea Temple went from a bitter green tea to a deep earthy taste within seconds. This brew is energising and grounding.
Teapigs Yerba Mate Tea Temples are more expensive than other brands but given the availability of mate in the UK, you would do well to choose Teapigs. It also ticks the boxes on the green front given that Teapigs as a brand do actively contribute to the preservation of the planet. Teapigs’ tea temples are made from a biodegradable corn starch, the packaging is recyclable, and the inks they use on the packaging are vegetable-based.
Teapigs Yerba Mate Tea Temples, RRP £3.99 for 15 tea temples
Rosalind Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She is a journalist who writes about sustainable life & style, music, entertainments and wellbeing. Rosalind also works as a spiritual life coach and intuitive advisor helping people to become who they truly are and manifest their heart & soul’s desires into their lives: www.rosalindmedea.com