About Mamancy Mate Tea
Premium loose leaf teas and chocolates made in the Pacific Northwest.
At Mamancy, we want to showcase the rich and natural flavors that mate has to offer while preserving all of its wonderful health benefits. That’s why we carefully monitor every stage of the production process. To ensure you only receive the highest quality tea, we begin by partnering with skilled mate growers in South America who know how to cultivate healthy and vibrant yerba mate plants.
Once harvested, the leaves are dried using a variety of methods. For an earthy and malty flavor, they may be roasted over a fire. Or, for a brighter and greener taste, they may be placed in a dehydrator. Tea sommelier and Mamancy founder Anne skillfully chooses how the leaves will be processed and blended, so that you can experience the unique and dynamic flavors of yerba mate.
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Pronounced “mah-tay”, this earthy and stimulating tea is known for its plethora of health benefits. Originating in the tropical forests of South America, yerba mate has a distinctive flavor profile that is loved all around the world.
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History of Mate Tea
In recent years, mate tea has become a popular drink for its multitude of health benefits. But, this unique tea is not by any means a new discovery. On the contrary, it has a long history of rich traditions, all beginning hundreds of years ago in South American indigenous tribes.
Also known as cimacimarrón and chimarrão, this tea comes from the yerba mate plant. For the Guarani peoples, this plant was the focus of myths and became known as the “gift from the gods”. Its leaves yielded an earthy and energizing tea, which became an important part of many social and sacred ceremonies. The tea is customarily served in a hollowed-out gourd (also referred to as a ‘mate’) and consumed through a special metal straw called a bombilla.
Over time, mate was introduced to the rest of the world where it is enjoyed for its distinctive flavor and health properties. But, it is still an important and deeply cultural tradition in South America to share a mate with friends and family.
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Health Benefits of Yerba Mate
- Bolsters immune system
Yerba mate is packed with important antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. From vitamin C and zinc to magnesium and iron, this plant can help support your immune system while providing you with a plethora of necessary nutrients.
- Can boost weight loss
Some studies indicate that yerba mate can promote weight loss in some individuals. The mixture of caffeine and antioxidants can trigger feelings of fullness while stimulating fat oxidation, which can both aid in weight loss.
- Promotes heart health
Mate contains special compounds called polyphenols, which are known for fighting inflammation and lowering blood pressure. They can also lower your LDL (the “bad”) cholesterol, which can help protect you from heart disease.
- Contains substantial caffeine levels
Yerba mate is known for its energizing properties, which come from its high caffeine content. Mate has more caffeine than black or green tea, containing nearly as much as a cup of coffee. Though some people enjoy the boost of caffeine, others may experience negative effects such as anxiety or poor sleep.
How to Prepare Yerba Mate
Preparation is an important step in making sure you get to experience all of yerba mate’s unique flavors. To help you brew the best cup of tea possible, here is a quick guide on how to prepare your yerba mate:
- Use filtered water at 155° F to 180° F. It is important to use filtered water, as poor-quality water can mask the deep and subtle flavors that yerba mate has to offer. Water temperature is also crucial, as it helps release the delicious and healthy compounds in mate.
- Use a heaping teaspoon (~3g) of tea per 6oz cup. Flavor and taste can differ significantly depending on the specific tea, so you can add a little more or less depending on your personal preferences.
- Follow steeping time instructions. Steeping times differ based on the specific blend you are brewing. Teas should always be brewed by time and not by color, since color is not a reliable indicator of the tea’s flavor.
- Never over or under-steep your tea. Steeping your tea past the recommended time can make it bitter, and under-steeping can result in a pale cup or inferior flavor. If you want a stronger cup of tea, adjust the amount of tea you are using rather than changing how long you are steeping it.