Mate tea is well-liked traditional drink consumed in large quantities by Argentinians and their neighbors. It is not made with traditional tea leaves, rather it is derived from the dried leaves of the yerba mate plant. Mate is traditionally drunk from a hollowed-out calabash gourd with the aid of a metal-filter tipped straw, often in a familial setting, and following a set ritual, but is also omnipresent in everyday life.
Naturally, you will need no such extras when drinking Rainforest Mate in a Mighty Leaf Tea silken tea pouch, so you can enjoy this medium-caffeine level specialty conveniently. In addition to yerba mate leaves, Rainforest Mate also contains licorice, various spices, rose hip and apple pieces, and many other natural ingredients, making it rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Its invigorating effect is unique, due to the complexity of caffeine-like compounds naturally present in mate: not as strong as some black teas are and even has a relaxing effect on the body, while also having a freshening effect on the mind.
Use around 80 C˚ hot water to make mate, as similarly to green tea, boiling water makes a bitter mate brew. In order to get the best taste possible, connoisseurs may wish to follow the local tradition, and pre-soak the Rainforest Mate tea pouch in a tablespoon of cold water for about 2 minutes prior to pouring the hot water. Mate’s unmistakable taste is combined with various spicy and fruity notes in Mighty Leaf’s Rainforest Mate, yet you may wish to add sugar or honey to make this exotic drink fit your taste.