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funkymuse
Monday, February 4, 2008, 6:09am Report to Moderator Report to Moderator
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Got this from http://www.mymateworld.com and also ordered their organic sample paks... My husband is hooked now and wants to try to wean off coffee and onto this since it is a super beverage for Hunters!  

How is Yerba Mate Processed?

Men have developed different techniques to process Yerba Mate.

Physical efforts have decreased but quality, flavor and aroma had remained the same for over 200 years.

Every detail after the harvest is very important because you have to process the Yerba Mate leaves no longer than 24 hours after they have been cut from the tree.

The first process has two steps, "sapecado" and "secado". Sapecado is dehydrating the leaves. This process is achieved through fire. If the heat that is used is excessive, the leaves may have a yellow color and would affect the final taste.
The proper heat is very important. To dry the leaves it must be subjected to heat at 80 - 100 degrees centigrade.


The secado is the second step in the drying process. The Guarani Indians used two systems to do the secado.

One was called "carijů" and the other was "barbacuŠ". In carijo the heat of the fire goes directly to the leaves.

In barbacua the heat reaches the leaves through an indirect way through a tunnel under the earth.

This is a smoking type process.

The next process is the "canchado". This is the process where the leaves are ground.

The final step is called "beneficio" where the yerba mate is left to age for a minimum of six months.

There are seven main types of yerba mate: Yerba Mate Canchada, Elaborada con Palo (w/stems), Elaborada  Despalillada (w/o stems), Tostado (Roasted), Instant Yerba Mate, Organic, Flavored or Mixed with Herbs.


CANCHADA is yerba mate in its crudest or most primitive form.

ELABORADA CON PALO is the yerba mate tea that contains no less than 65% dehydrated ground leaves and no more than 35% of stems.

DESPALILLADA or DESPALADA (without stems) contains no less than 90% of dehydrated leaves and no more than 10% of stems. This type is more expensive than the others because it takes more time to produce it. Normally they are more tasty due to their larger quantity of leaves and fewer amount of stems. There is no such thing as a tea COMPLETELY 100% WITHOUT stems even though the package says so. There will always be a very small amount that is impossible to be removed during the processing.


TOSTADA (ROASTED) is the leaves which have been roasted.

INSTANT YERBA MATE is dehydrated powder.


ORGANIC YERBA MATE has no agrotoxins, pesticides, and is all natural. To control the grass that is not good for the plant sheep are sometimes used to graze.

Even though the prices for organic tea are higher, most people prefer the organic because of the health
properties and it is better for the environment.

The packaging material that is used with the organic teas is organic in itself as the paper that is used is recycled and biodegradable.

The ink is water based.

Organic teas are not as easily found as regular teas in Argentina.

This is mainly because they are sold in specialty and health food stores.

The producers of organic yerba mate are very small companies.
Normally the aging process for the organic teas are longer than the regular therefore the flavor and aroma are better.
It also makes the yerba mate less acidic.


The last type is FLAVORED YERBA MATE or MIXED WITH HERBS which is simply yerba mate with different herbs mixed into it or different flavors microencapsulated into the tea which sometimes also includes bits of the fruit itself.
The flavors are essential oils derived from the fruits.


     
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thank you so much ...I love interesting facts like this....because I am a big fan of the mate'!
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I have the one with palo!  


how is it?

I also have the book MATE which you can get on this site.  It's pretty interesting as it goes into the history, etc.
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We have access to both smoked and unsmoked.  I think I like the flavor better in the unsmoked, but have been curious if there is a difference in the beneficial health qualities of the different preparations.



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My hubby is weaning himself off coffee and going for the mate!  This is amazing as he has had 50 years of drinking coffee!

I brewed a huge batch in a Coffee Maker Brand Tea Maker... slow and steady.  It is absolutely delicious.

He loves it.  The loose kind is stronger.  Which is nice... reminds us of coffee.
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'Besides being refreshing and stimulating, Matť is packed with nutrients and anti-oxidants: vitamins A, C and E, for instance, and many of the vitamins in the B complex. It is rich in minerals – iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, sulphur and silica among them.'
from http://www.riohealth.co.uk

I have at the moment teabags from this company which I am finding tasty, I think nicer than tea I've tried before,although I do not brew it for as long as they say (5 -10 mins), as I prefer a milder flavour (and i reuse the teabag). It says it is made of 'pure shredded leaves'so I guess it could be despalada as it is more expensive than the other brand I've seen.

They also say this on the website 'It is best not to use boiling water directly on the Mate, as much of the goodness can be destroyed. We suggest you to soak the Mate first in a little cold water before adding the hot.'


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Quoted from Ellie


We suggest you to soak the Mate first in a little cold water before adding the hot.'


this is to preserve the vitimens and minerals.

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with 'palo' is more robust tasting......I do not like the kind which is ground.


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If you have not seen the article link Don posted on another link on Mate.. it is definitely worth a read:

http://a1b2c3.com/drugs/yer_02.htm
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Quoted from Ellie


They also say this on the website '[i]It is best not to use boiling water directly on the Mate, as much of the goodness can be destroyed. We suggest you to soak the Mate first in a little cold water before adding the hot.'


Does anyone know for a fact about soaking the Mate in a little cold water first?  Many Yerba tea bags I use, do not have that instruction... so I was curious.

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Oh mannnnn, I'm glad yerba mate is not a superfood for Nomads....because I just cannot stand the stuff.  It reminds me of feet.     I hate it so bad that I actually threw away the package I bought rather than make myself finish it.
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Oh mannnnn, I'm glad yerba mate is not a superfood for Nomads....because I just cannot stand the stuff.  It reminds me of feet.     I hate it so bad that I actually threw away the package I bought rather than make myself finish it.


Sounds like your genes are telling you to through it away!!
I just bought some today for my hubby hunter.  He doesn't drink coffee but he likes the aroma that it has.  I hope he likes the tea.  
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Oh mannnnn, I'm glad yerba mate is not a superfood for Nomads....because I just cannot stand the stuff.  It reminds me of feet.     I hate it so bad that I actually threw away the package I bought rather than make myself finish it.


Wow...this is what I did the first time I bought Yerba Mate a few years back.  Had a cup of it and then pitched it.  I have been drinking alot of it lately though and from the sounds of it I think I may need to find a different brand.  Although it is certified organic by Bija...I find it very bitter...almost like eating a cigarette butt. blaaaahhhh.  And...I don't pour boiling water on it as I let the water sit and cool abit like the green tea.  I always have it with another tea like green tea and rooibus, lemon thyme, or something that will take away the yuckiness.  I do like the effects of it though.  Will have to look for a different one in another Health Food Store in the bigger cities when I go.

Thanks for all the information on it.

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must have something to do with taster stat!!
I just love the taste of mate, first thing in the morning, so rich and wonderful!!! lol

although I must admit, I d never think of having a mate tea after noon, that just doesn t appeal to me......
individuality is fascinating when it comes to preferences!


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Quoted from Lola
must have something to do with taster stat!!
I just love the taste of mate, first thing in the morning, so rich and wonderful!!! lol

although I must admit, I d never think of having a mate tea after noon, that just doesn t appeal to me......
individuality is fascinating when it comes to preferences!


Maybe...I will have to pick up a taster kit from the drug store one of these days.   I find coffee very bitter too.  Could never drink it black...always had to have milk in it to take the edge off.

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my organic yerbe mate has replaced my green tea for the most part only because my taste buds like change


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Ugh. Mate, me no likey. It makes me feel weird.  
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Mate, me no likey

is coffee ok for you?
enjoy a cup of that instead!


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I drink Morning Thunder, which is a combination of Mate and black tea. To it, I add the cocoa, lecithin and ghee combination that has been mentioned here on the forum by Lola and others.


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Ugh. Mate, me no likey. It makes me feel weird.  


I had a cup of Yerba Mate last evening with my hubby. He said it was ok.  He is willing to drink the tea, since it is beneficial for him.  This morning I had another cup and found that that was a mistake, I felt weird and sort of sick.  I think I'm going to stick to my coffee and green tea.
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I love Mate.  I drink a cup with breakfast and a cup after lunch.  It makes me calm and I find it easier to tolerate the noise my children generate.  My husband laughs and says, "Aren't you glad it's legal?"  I believe it's probably one of those "herbs" that is a mild "drug."  Not that I'm going to experiment any time soon, but I might, some Saturday when I have nothing going on and my husband is home to watch children, drink like 4 cups and see what happens.  

I fed a cup to my Dr. Ribbit and he said, "Tastes like Copenhagen chewing tobacco."  *Gasp*  "And you would know that how?"  "Oh, well, you know, teenagers do stupid stuff."  The things you learn after 6 years of marriage.


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Yes Lola. Coffee is ok for me.    I was always a coffee drinker, like my mother before me. My whole family drinks coffee. My sister won't even drink tea. I like herbal teas and I make myself drink green tea and now black tea, which is of course easier on the stomach. The caffeine in coffee bothers me so I drink only 2 cups a day.

I hear ya Cathy I felt the same way from mate'. Almost like hallucinating, right?
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must have something to do with taster stat!!
I just love the taste of mate, first thing in the morning, so rich and wonderful!!! lol

although I must admit, I d never think of having a mate tea after noon, that just doesn t appeal to me......
individuality is fascinating when it comes to preferences!


Super Taster here!  When I first started I couldn't STAND IT!  Then I tried it with Jasime green and that got me goin' on it and now I like it plain just like Lola first thing in the morning with some stevia.  It's rich and delicious in an earthy way.  You have to get the right brew for your own taste buds. There are several different kinds of leaves out there... search on the net for companies that describe the tea.  It's so good for some of us that it is certainly worth getting used to.

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Well-last night I went to work and brought some Yerba Mate with me and had no other tea to go with it.  I had poured the hot water into my thermos cup and it sat for about 15 minutes to cool (instead of the usual 5 min.) because it got busy.  I then put the tea bag in to steep for about another 10 minutes.  The taste was sooooooooooooooo much better...not bitter and I didn't even have another tea mixed in.  This morning I did the same thing and let the water cool for about 15 minutes and steeped for 10 again.   The tea is actually a light green colour now instead of a darkened green.  Yessss!!!

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I bought the organic yerba mate  by La Merced in the amnadrin orange flavor..should that be ok?


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I prefer my mate plain, with no added flavor.....


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I prefer my mate plain, with no added flavor.....


Me too.  I can't even imagine drinking mate with flavoring added.  I learned to drink it while living in Argentina many years ago, from the little gourd thing, and am happy to have rediscovered it and to find it's a beneficial for me.

If you are new to it, try it plain for a while and you may develop a taste for it.  That was how I learned to drink green tea.
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Would mandarin orange flavor be an avoid?  I don't think I'd get it.  It probably has dried orange peel or something in it.


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I never purchase anything with 'flavor', anymore!
there seems to be no more trust in me, when it comes to food flavoring of any kind but the flavors I add to my homemade food!


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Well I think I've created the perfect chocolate tea!  ha!  I should market this stuff...

- Brew 1 bag of organic yerba mate in 12 oz water
- Pour 6 oz into a cup add 1 tbl sugar free chocolate powder
- Add stevia or stevia-vegi glycerine combo sweetner to taste
     or other compliant sweetener
- Add homemade rice milk to taste

Heat up again if necessary.

man.. it's delicious!

I was thinking as I was making it... why  can't i just be happy with plain tea?  I'm always trying to create something interesting to take away the old yearning for the coffee and cream I used to drink...

then after I got this done, I was like Yah!  this is great! ha...

You most likely could also make this with another strong flavored tea like  Bancha.  But if you have a hard time drinking Yerba, this would be a way to get a great tea into your life.
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funkym...great post...I will definitely order my next yerba tea from this company.  I will order the organic loose tea...I fine that loose tea has a bigger "kick" than you get from tea in bags.  I love the stuff...keeps my energy level nice & high.  
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