Yerba Mate Tea is made from brewing the leaves of a holly-like tree found in South America. Yerba is praised for having almost as much Caffeine as coffee, but with the feel-good chemicals of tea and coffee as well. It is high in antioxidants, contains 24 vitamins and minerals, and 15 amino acids.
While the herb has a variety of uses in its native regions, it is primarily used in tea blends and as a flavoring in liquors and other beverages.
Ingredients: 100% Yerba Mate
Preparation and Storage:
1 tablespoon per 8 ounces of water
Heat water to 180 Degrees
Steep tea for 4 minutes
Store loose leaf teas in an airtight container away from light and heat.Kept in suggested conditions black tea can last 12 months. The oxidation process makes it suitable for longer-term storage as compared to other tea types. However, it is still advisable to restock often for premium flavor.
Though tea balls and strainers are often used for tea that isn't pre-bagged, ideal methods of infusing loose leaf teas employ strainers that allow for the tea leaves to completely unfurl and release their flavor. Teapots with removable strainers for tea will allow a fuller flavor.
Some tea enthusiasts dispense with using strainers altogether and drop leaves in the pot directly and then strain the tea when serving into cups. When employing this method be sure to pour out all tea or remaining liquid will get bitter from over-steeping.
The strength and flavor of tea is a personal preference