Also known as Argentinian tea. This mateine* bearing plant is valued for its stimulating properties. We offer an excellent grade.
*Mate products are sometimes marketed as "caffeine-free" alternatives based on a claim that the primary active xanthine in mate is mateine. The scientific differences between mateine and caffeine are still vague.
From reports of mate users, its effects are similar to caffeinated beverages like tea but lack of the negative effects such as anxiety, "jitteriness", and heart palpitations. Most mate’ users report a mental state of wakefulness, focus and alertness.
Studies have shown that mate is different in its effects on muscle tissue, as opposed to other natural stimulants. The three xanthines present in mate have been shown to have a relaxing effect on smooth muscle tissue and a stimulating effect on myocardial tissue.*
Drinking mate is a symbol of hospitality. As the mate gourd is passed around, a sense of connection emerges. The first step of the ceremony is the preparation of the gourd.Typically, the host, prepares mate for a friend or a group of friends. The host drinks the first serving, testing the waters to ensure that only a smooth running mate is shared.Then the gourd is refilled with water and passed counter-clockwise with the bombilla (straw-filter) facing the recipient. Each person drinks the entire gourd: "you share the vessel, not the liquid." The recipient of the gourd has as much time as needed to finish the serving. After the last few sips of the mate are gone, the gourd is returned to the host, and refilled, following around the circle until the ceremony is complete.
Amount per cup: 1-2 tbsps
Steep time:5-7 minutes
Brewing Temperature: 180f
Caffeine: 40-65mg per 8oz cup
Country: South America