So I’m a bit late posting this as I’m a little behind with my posts at the moment but here it is – better late than never!
So today I’m going to be talking about Yerba Mate ( yer-bah ma-tey). Have you heard of it? Well, Mate is neither a tea nor, a coffee but is a natural stimulant with tons of other health benefits (see below).
The founders Rosie and Charles cofounded Yuyo after falling in love with yerba mate on their travels in South America, so when they asked me to be a Yerba Mate ambassador and try drinking during January for their #yerbamatemission I happily agreed. And there’s also a chance to win some so you can try for yourself – happy days!
So here’s some more about mate!
Yerba mate is neither tea nor coffee – it a real super plant, an evergreen tree native to South America, the leaves of which are consumed as an energising beverage on a daily basis by Argentineans, Uruguayans, Brazilians and Paraguayans. It offers a number of health benefits, including stimulation, hydration and metabolism boosting.
The plant contains:
– High levels of theobromine (the feel-good compound from cacao)
– Natural caffeine – about as much as a cup of filter coffee
– More antioxidants than green tea and a whole host of other micronutrients and anti-inflammatory saponins.
How do you drink it?
Take a few teaspoons of loose leaf Pure or Roasted yerba mate to cover the ball at the base of the bombilla(metal straw with sieve), then add water at about 70°C – 80°C and drink from the straw.
The first couple of washes can be a little bitter, but it gets smoother as you go. You’ll only get a few sips before you need to add water again – the idea is you keep topping it up and use the same leaves for several infusions over a period of time. Don’t leave the mate to steep in the water for too long – just drink it all and add more later. Be aware that you’re drinking it in a higher caffeine way and the caffeine is comparable to coffee, so it’s good to go easy with it!
The loose leaf can also be served simply as a hot brew in water using a teapot or other infuser (70 – 80˚C is best), or expressed through a coffee machine or an Aeropress. The Roasted can work well with your choice of milk or milk alternative as a ‘yerba mate latte’. You can try the Pure cold brewed too – it only takes about 15 minutes in iced water for a light infusion that is really refreshing.
The Yuyo bags are really straightforward – just brew them in water that is not boiling (again, 70 – 80˚C is best) for around three to five minutes, as you would with tea. Yerba mate is very low in tannins, so you shouldn’t find it becomes overbrewed.
A chance to win some and try some for yourself!
Just comment on this post saying why you’d like to try it for a chance to win;
1) The winner will receive a Mini Mateo gourd and bombilla with some loose organic yerba mate (Pure Yerba and Roasted Yerba), plus some Yerba Zing and Yerba Mint teabags.
2) 10 runners up will receive samples of Yerba Zing and Yerba Mint.
Winners will be chosen at random on the 20th February.
You can also visit www.yuyo.co.uk/yerbamatemission to access other content such as their campaign video. Their news section has blog posts covering topics such as yerba mate’s health benefits and how to brew it in greater detail.
*Disclaimer. I’m lucky to be one of the Yuyo ambassadors so they sent me a selection of mate to try. I am no way sponsored or obliged to share this post.