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.