What is the main difference between the "Traditional" way and the other
True yerba mate lovers prefers the gourd for the better and more natural taste and because , -this is very important- , you actually can get more nutrients from the herb with the traditional way, using a straw or bombilla, than the ones you would
obtain from tea bags for example, as twigs must be removed from the herb to be put in a tea
bag. Some laboratory tests confirm that
the traditional method provides the highest concentration of
polyphenols, followed by red wines and green
tea. (Bixby, Spieler, Menini, Gugliuccit, Life Sciences, 2005, #77 pgs 345-358) They also found that the
traditional method, “which usually implies repeated extraction from a large (50-100 g) quantity of dry product in a gourd, and intermittent consumption, many times for hours in a row, would allow for maintenance plasma levels of polyphenols which are usually not attained with green tea or moderate wine drinking.
Learn how to brew yerba mate the
traditional way here
2. What other ways may I prepare the yerba maté without using the traditional
•Coffee cup or mug: Add 2 -5 Tablespoons (more or less to taste) loose tea to a cup, nestle the bombilla in the tea and add hot water. Remember not to stir.
•Sun Tea: Place 1/2 cup of loose tea in 1 gallon clear glass jug and set in the sun for one hour. Strain, pour over ice, add sweetners, fruit juices, etc. - use your imagination!
•Automatic coffee maker: For a 4 cup brew: Place 4 - 8 tablespoons (more or less to taste) of loose tea in a filter and process coffee maker as usual.
•French Press: Place 2 -5 tablespoons (more or less to taste) in top of press and process as usual.
3. Can I add other ingredients to my yerba mate?
Yes, you can add:
•Honey mixed with the hot water
•Herbs like mint, blackberry leaves, etc.
•Non-dairy flavored creamers
•Milk (whole, rice or soy)
•Lemon or lime juice
•Lemon or lime zest (grated rind)
•flavored syrups, i.e. maple, raspberry, etc.
•Liquors, i. e. Baileys, Grande Marinier, Amaretto
•Fruit juice, i. e. pineapple
4. Why can't I use boiled water?
Boiled water has a different molecular structure, which kills the vital nutrients in the tea and will alter the taste - making it more bitter. Boiling water will also burn your mouth as it comes up the metal straw, and will wash out the yerba much
sooner. Also using boiled water frequently is not good for your health.
5. Why should I not stir the tea with the filtering straw (bombilla)?
Stirring plugs up the holes in the filtering tip.
6. How long will a pound last?
On an average, 12 - 15 days if you drink it 2 times a day using a 1.5oz /
2oz volumen gourd.
7. What are the benefits of yerba mate?
•Strengthening the immune system
•Reducing blood pressure
•Breaking down fat (lipolytic)
•Balancing sleep patterns
•Delivering oxygen to the heart and lungs during exercise
•A great diet aid
•Increasing strength, energy and endurance
•Recent research has shown that Yerba Mate
•Contains 15 amino acids
•Contains 24 vitamins and minerals
•Is a whole body tonic
8. What does yerba mate taste like?
Yerba has a strong, distinctive and slightly bitter taste (similar to coffee), which many acquire a love for; if you are not among them, add a little honey, sugar, milk, lemon or numerous other things to your mate' and you'll find it a whole different experience.
9. What are the traditional utensils used?
The gourd or "mate'" (pronounced "mah'tay") is a commercially grown vegetable gourd often decorated with silver , alpaca or simply drafted using beatiful indian designs or left plain. (The silver is attached with a non-toxic adhesive.)
The "bombilla" (pronounced bomb-bee'-ya) is the filtering straw. The bombilla is used to extract the nutrients from the tea in an infusion method.
10. How do I prepare the gourd for use?
12. How many times may I use the same yerba mate tea leaves?
You may refill the gourd 7 - 10 times before the leaves are weakened - no flavor or foam remains.
I get a discount if I order yerba mate in bulk?
14 What if I can't
find a product I'm looking for in your catalog?
All you have to do is to
send us an e-mail stating your request and we will do everything
we can possibly do to get the product for you.
15. Will you match a
competitor's price if it is lower than the one you have listed?
Yes, just e-mail us with
the competitor's web site address and the item you are wanting
plus the competitor's price.
16. Can I prepare
yerba mate cold?
Just add cold water or orange juice instead of the hot water.
If you are not used to drinking it this way, it may act as a
diuretic for you.
17. What is alpaca?
Alpaca Silver is
an alloy of copper, nickel and zinc. Sometimes it may
contain sterling silver as well. This alloy was developed
in Austria by the Berndorf Metalware Factory around 1851.
The Berndorf Metalware Factory was the first industrial
enterprise in Austria to introduce galvanic silver-plating
and it established "Alpaca Silver" as the
quality brand for years to come. This alloy has properties
similar to stainless steel, in that is does not rust or
tarnish. The result is a bright, resistant, and
beautiful alloy, with a very similar look to silver.
18. I am highly
sensitive to caffeine, can I drink yerba mate without
Dried yerba mate
tea contains around 1% available caffeine (ranging from
0.5-2%) when made into a tea with warm to hot water. Hot
water appears to provide very good solubility for the
caffeine and theobromine, although ethanol (alcohol) and
super critical carbon dioxide have been investigated for
commercial production of extracts. Boiling water
reportedly extracts slightly (5-10%) more caffeine than
cold or hot water steeping. It is said that boiled yerba
mate tea is less pleasant tasting which may be the result
of additional materials such as tannins and oils being
extracted from the leaves in addition to caffeine.
Mate tea is
generally tolerated better than coffee and other teas,
translating into a cleaner “caffeine buzz” without the
anxiety, twitches, jitters, stomach upset and heart
palpitations associated with coffee’s caffeine rush.
Researchers at the Free Hygienic Institute of Homburg,
Germany, concluded that even if there were caffeine in
mate', the amount would be so tiny that it would take 100
tea bags of mate' in a six ounce cup of water to equal the
caffeine in a six ounce serving of regular coffee.
19. Is it
possible to drink too much yerba mate?
amounts of Yerba Mate is not recommended.
20. Will yerba
mate prevent me from sleeping?
It does not
interfere with sleep cycles. In fact, it has a
tendency to balance the cycles, inducing more REM sleep
when necessary, or increases the amount of time spent in
delta states. Many people say they require less
sleep when using yerba mate because they experience a
deeper, more relaxing sleep.
21. Is yerba
No. It is a
wonderful substitute for those who are trying to kick the
caffeine or alcohol habit.
22. Do some yerba
mate brands give you more energy or have more kick than
brands would have different tastes but would not
give you more energy than another. However Taragui has
recently developed a new brand called "+ ENERGÍA" (MORE ENERGY) is the same tea you would expect from a regular TARAGUÍ bag in terms of taste but with more Mateine. Why does it have more Mateine? Because it´s harvested just when the concentration of that Xanthine is higher.
23. May I use a
tea ball or tea bag?
Yes, however the
bombilla (straw) pulls the nutrients out more efficiently
and you receive optimum nutritional benefits and a
heightened sense of well being.
24. How do I
clean a cane bombilla or one that can't be dismounted?
Hand wash in hot
water. If the holes become clogged you may clean them with
an old toothbrush, a straight pin or one of our straw
cleaners available in our catalog.
25. How much
volumn do each of the yerba mate gourds hold?
We are unable to establish this for each gourd. Our gourds vary in size since they are 100% natural.
You must remember that no 2 gourds are identical in size. Most of our gourds can be found in small, medium, and large sizes.
The approximate size of the gourd can be found toward the bottom of the page for each specific gourd.
If you have a specific size in mind, you may request that by adding a note in the comment section of your order.
We will do our best to accommodate you with the proper size.
26. What should
I do if I swallow some of the yerba mate leaves?
If some of the
particles of leaves get in your mouth, it will not be
harmful for you to swallow them.
is the best way to store my packages of yerba maté?
Store it in a
dark, dry place. Avoid letting the herb contact air, water,
or light. Keeping the unopened packages in a cupboard
should be fine.
28. How long will yerba mate stay fresh if it is stored
Flavor seems to
peak around 2 years, and stays fresh for at least 3 years.
After 3 years, it will begin to grow stale, but it is
still safe to drink.
yerba mate a green tea?
no. Green and black teas are both derived from the tea
plant, Camelia sinensis. In contrast, Yerba mate comes
from the leaves of the South American holly tree (Ilex
paraguariensis). Because yerba mate shares many of the
constituents that are found in green tea (antioxidants),
it is sometimes called South America's version of green
tea. A more accurate description for yerba mate would be a
"caffeinated herbal tea" or a "tisane,"
the French word used to describe herbal infusions that are
prepared and enjoyed like tea.
Can yerba mate reduce my appetite?
Yerba Mate is traditionally used in South America as a supportive treatment in weight loss programs that
include diet and
exercise. In Europe Yerba Mate is used for weight loss “as the ideal slimming remedy which facilitates losing weight in a natural way and stills the distressing feelings of
hunger,” according to Max Witchl in Herbal Drugs and
Phytopharmaceuticals. Many people drink yerba before meals
to reduce hunger cravings.
The popular Chilean herbalists J. Zin and R. Weiss supported what Peace Corps workers had
reported. They found cases in which large groups of natives remained in good
health, with only one small meal per day, through extended periods of famine and
draught. They survived by drinking copious amounts of Mate.
Although the research identifies that our product contains many of the essential nutrients to sustain
life, we suggest you only use our products to ensure a well-balanced meal along with a regular healthy
diet. Use Yerba Mate by following the ancient principles of tea consumption a tool for regulating your calorie
intake, controling your hunger, and increasing your bodies potential to maintain a
Researchers at the University of Surrey in Guildford, England found a reduction in appetite and thirst when using Yerba Mate.
Dulloo, A., et al. noted in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that a drink like Yerba Mate can increase the “24-h energy expenditure and fat oxidation in
humans.” (1999). Thus, more calories are burned when drinking Yerba Mate.