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Organic Green Yerba Mate

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Yerba maté Tea
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200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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  • “I have officially designated Thursdays as Ironing Day. I’ve got a fair amount of goodies to iron today but I’m extraordinarily tired. I need a good oomph to get me through the long ironing ahead....” Read full tasting note
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    aug3zimm 911 tasting notes
  • “I've never had a green yerba mate before! It was pretty interesting to taste yerba without so much tangyness. Sometimes yerba mate gives a headache (not sure why), but this one didn't, which is a...” Read full tasting note
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    tcaldron 59 tasting notes
  • “I am thrilled to get to try my first yerba mate today! I opened the package to peek and sniff last night, and was reminded of a pleasant green tea, just in a different sort of...” Read full tasting note
    84
    tabby 457 tasting notes

From Arbor Teas

Our unoxidized organic Green Yerba Mate yields an infusion that is slightly sweeter and lighter-bodied than traditional roasted yerba mate. Yerba Mate (pronounced YUR-ba MAH-tay) is a small tree related to the holly plant (Ilex paraguariensis), native to the subtropical highlands of Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Argentina where it is considered the national beverage. Yerba mate contains a natural compound similar to caffeine, and is legendary for alleviating fatigue and stress, boosting immunity and promoting mental clarity. This healthful brew is considered “the drink of the gods” by many indigenous peoples in South America, and is a staple in the diets of South American cattlemen, or “gauchos,” being a food product of high nutritional value that can stand up to the rigors of life on the range.

Sustainability is a cornerstone of Arbor Teas’ business philosophy. In addition to offering an exclusively organic selection of teas, they recently became the first tea company to offer their whole catalog in 100% backyard compostable packaging. They’ve also carbon-offset the entire supply chain of their products, from origin to the customer, making Arbor Teas the greenest option for Earth-conscious tea drinkers, and one of few tea companies recognized by Green America.

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We’re tea enthusiasts with a lot of passion. Passion for top quality tea, the environment, fair trade, and our community. We started Arbor Teas in Ann Arbor, Michigan, intent on creating a tea company as passionate as we are. Our passion is reflected in every aspect of Arbor Teas. You’ll certainly notice it in the exceptional collection of teas we offer - one of the largest catalogs of USDA certified organic teas around, nearly three-quarters of which are Fair Trade Certified®.

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I have officially designated Thursdays as Ironing Day. I’ve got a fair amount of goodies to iron today but I’m extraordinarily tired. I need a good oomph to get me through the long ironing ahead. Mate is supposed to give quite a nice buzz and I’ve had this sample from Arbor Teas sitting on my counter for a few days to remind me to try it. Mate scares me a little bit, so I’m using the energy need for my ironing marathon as an excuse to bust this one open.

The dry leaf smells dusty and herbal-y and faintly sweet. Post-steeping, the smell is still a bit musty and herbal with an almost menthol-like whoosh to it. The taste is milder and less offensive than the other mates I’ve had (Samovar blends). It’s pretty much like it smells – somewhat earthy, hay-y, herbal. There’s a little ting on the end that is the menthol smell but the taste is a almost ginger-y warm. It’s a little rough but nothing that makes me think this would benefit in any way from additives.

I haven’t really felt all that buzzed but I am getting through my ironing without wanting to nap so that could be the mate at work. I’m not sure if I’d seek out this (or any mate) for a pleasure drink, but the sweetness definitely makes it my preferred mate drink of the ones I’ve had.
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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
JacquelineM

Ironing makes me so tired too. I’ve managed to jiggle things around and live with some wrinkles so that every other saturday is ironing day :) My grandmother used to iron EVERYTHING and ENJOYED it (!!!)!

gmathis

I must be weird … ironing relaxes me; I wait till I have a whole laundry basket full and put on a good movie and unwind and unwrinkle, literally and emotionally.

sophistre

I really have only particularly liked the peppermint yerba mate from Samovar. I have two others that came in the tasting set they offered as a Select a while back, but I haven’t touched the other ones at all. Strangely, I really do like the mint (extra-strange, actually, because I don’t usually like mint tea either).

Auggy

Ironing makes me physically tired but I like the payoff so it’s (oddly) emotionally fulfilling. Doing the dishes is the chore that relaxes me most. Maybe one day ironing will rank up there!

I thought Samovar’s Peppermint YM was the better between that one and the Sweet YM which, even before the massive heartburn it gave me, was a little too granola for me. (And I don’t normally go for mint, either.)

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I’ve never had a green yerba mate before! It was pretty interesting to taste yerba without so much tangyness. Sometimes yerba mate gives a headache (not sure why), but this one didn’t, which is a huge plus.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec

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I am thrilled to get to try my first yerba mate today! I opened the package to peek and sniff last night, and was reminded of a pleasant green tea, just in a different sort of consistency.

Anyway, the taste is unfamiliar and interesting, and yet, it still tastes a lot like green tea. I assume that’s because of the way it was cured. It has a certain spiciness to it, and a taste that reminds me of green leaves. Something about it sort of reminds me of peppers, but not in a hot way, more like the way a pepper tastes on the inside. It’s not like tea exactly, but similar. I like it.

I used a teaspoon and a half to make one mug’s worth. Not really sure if that’s the proper amount, but it seems right. Now that I’ve reduced it to dregs at the bottom of the cup, I’m starting to notice the famous yerba mate buzz. It does feel a lot like caffeine, but without that “I’m going to have a panic attack” feeling. I feel stimulated and a perkier, ready to tackle all the mundane stuff I have to do today before I leave for vacation.

So curious about Arbor’s other yerba now… hmmm.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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