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kymemy said

Roasted Mate- color, flavor, suppliers

Hi all,

This is a tisane but I think it’s okay to ask here?
Lately I’ve been blending roasted yerba mate into my morning black tea and I’ve been curious about the different suppliers of roasted mate.

I have ordered some roasted mate from Narien Teas (http://narien.com/store/yerba-mate-roasted) and have also sampled Teavana’s Matevana blend (http://www.teavana.com/the-teas/mate-teas/p/mat-vana-herbal-tea).

Right off the bat I noticed a significant difference in color and taste. Well, obviously, the Matevana is flavored…but it really has no trace of the kind of taste I get out of the roasted mate I got from Narien. The Matevana tastes “roasty” while the Narien mate is overwhelmed by “smoky”- and I prefer the “roasty” (I also like air-dried green mate over smoked).
Also to note is that when I try to imitate the blend- mixing the Narien mate, rooibos, cocoa nibs, and chocolate chips- I get a totally different flavor from the Matevana, where the smoky taste remains.

I took some pictures for visual comparison. Matevana above, Narien mate below. (http://i46.tinypic.com/1xkqx.jpg)

Narien’s mate appears much lighter than Teavana’s equivalent (http://www.teavana.com/the-teas/mate-teas/p/toasted-yerba-mate-tea) and indeed much lighter than their preview picture. It’s almost green, actually, with some bits more toasted than the rest.

I was wondering about how the darkness of the roast affects taste. I assume the “roasty” flavor I like is coming from a darker roast?
I’m looking for a brand or supplier that does unflavored roasted mate with that roasty flavor, and ideally one that’s less smoky than traditional mate. Can anyone recommend me a decently priced one? Teavana’s is absurdly expensive for mate ($40/lb? get outta here!).
Thanks very much! :)

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Guayaki is kind of the ‘big name’ in mate, as far as I’m aware. You could probably check them out, and see if that’s up your alley.

http://guayaki.com/category/12/Loose-Leaf-Mate.html

The problem is that they only sell of their website in HUGE bags (but reasonably priced).

I thought EcoTeas had a roasted mate in smaller portions, but I’m not finding it.

kymemy said

Yeah- I’ve been considering trying their roasted mate but I do have a few hangups…one being the 1lb size and the other being that I can’t seem to find a store that carries it so I can get it in person rather than paying $10 to ship. I don’t think EcoTeas does a roasted mate? I’ll keep looking, hopefully I can find a place that I can pick up in person. Thank you: :)

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Hi kymemy! We have several mate options at our website: http://www.mahamosa.com/teabar/en/herbal-tea/yerba-mate

We have Brazilian Mate (green) http://www.mahamosa.com/teabar/en/herbal-tea/yerba-mate/brazilian-mate.html

We also recommend some of our best selling flavored mates: Mate Chai http://www.mahamosa.com/teabar/en/herbal-tea/yerba-mate/mate-chai.html
and Mango Mate http://www.mahamosa.com/teabar/en/herbal-tea/yerba-mate/mango-mate.html

Let us know if you have questions or need any other recommendations!

kymemy said

Ahh, that’s quite a selection of greens! I’m looking for plain roasted only right now, but I’ll definitely keep this in mind if I need mixed or green! :)

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Babble said

Heeey. I might have some mate to give you. Follow me and shoot me a PM and we can discuss details :)

kymemy said

Sent message! :)

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I also may have a mate for you from a local place here in VT, you can check the website out www.vermontlibertytea.com. I’m not sure the roasted mate is on the site, but I recently bought it and I mix it with black tea (chocolate and hazelnut) in the morning and it’s FABULOUS! Very reasonably prices and it’s a small local business :) Message me if you are interested -Jackie

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