Organic Yerba Mate Matcha Tea from The Kent & Sussex Tea & Coffee Co. . .

I haven’t had too many Yerba Mate Matcha’s to date so I always welcome them when the come along. Recently I sipped on Organic Yerba Mate Matcha Tea from The Kent & Sussex Tea & Coffee Co. In short, it was a pleasant sipping experience.

But let’s expand on that a bit. I took 1 flat teaspoon of matcha to a tea bowl and mix with a couple of drops of water to make a smooth paste then whisked more water to fill my matcha cup. I followed the instructions on the company website. Personally – I could taste a strong Yerba Mate first and foremost. So it tasted like a green grass and green pea type taste to me. It was a little bitter but the bitterness was welcome. According to the company website it’s best for mornings which makes sense because Yerba Mate is a natural energy booster. (More on that below) It does have an intense flavor.

Next time I am thinking about adding a slight squeeze of lemon juice to it. Another way I can see myself drinking this is iced. This was a pleasant sipping experience. I look forward to experimenting more with this and sharing it with the other Sororitea Sisters!

Now let’s get to the additional information about Yerba/Yerba Mate and how it works in this Matcha Blend.

The caffeine found in Yerba is said to provide a coffee-like buzz but without the unpleasant jitters or the crash afterwards. It’s a myth that is does not contain caffeine and the stimulating effects come from a compound called Mateine, In actual fact the term Mateine is actually coffee and it said to have derived from the Mate plant. Yerba also contains theophylline and theobromine similar to cacao, which are natural vasodilators and helps relax blood vessels and is used to combat high blood pressure. Yerba is said to have over 90 per cent more antioxidants than green tea, with immune boosting capabilities, it can also slow aging, reduce stress and insomnia. Using Yerba as as Matcha is a fast, and efficient way of squeezing it in to your every day routine, whether you sprinkle it on your cereal, smoothies or soups or use it as an every day drink. Using the whole Mate leaf will put a spring in your step for the whole day!

All of this info is also mentioned on the company website! I found the additional info wonderful! I LOVE learning!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Yerba Mate/Matcha
Where to Buy:  The Kent & Sussex Tea & Coffee Co.
Description

Yerba does contain caffeine! However, the caffeine in Yerba is said to provide a coffee- like buzz but without the unpleasant jitters or the crash afterwards. It is a myth that is does not contain caffeine and the stimulating effects come from a compound called Mateine, In actual fact the term Mateine is actually coffee and it said to have derived from the Mate plant. It also contains theophylline and theobromine similar to cacao, which are natural vasodilators and helps relax blood vessels and is used to combat high blood pressure. Yerba is said to have over 90 per cent more antioxidants then green tea, with immune boosting capabilities, it can also slow ageing, reduce stress and insomnia. Using Yerba as as Matcha is a fast, and efficient way of squeezing it in to your every day routine, whether you sprinkle it on your cereal, smoothies or soups or use it as an every day drink. Using the whole Mate leaf will put a spring in your step for the whole day!

 

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Mint Yerba Mate (Herbal) from Aka Teas

MintYerbaMateTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Yerba Mate

Where to Buy:  Aka Teas

Tea Description:

Need some energy and focus? Yerba Maté has been shown to help the body digest carbohydrates (more energy!), burn calories from fat, and delay the buildup of lactic acid after a workout. 

Stimulating to the mind, body, and taste buds, Mint Yerba Maté can’t be beat. With it’s healthy concentration of polyphenols and antioxidants, Yerba Maté has been touted as the most nutritious and balanced energy-giver, when compared to coffee, black tea, green tea, guarana, or kola nut

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Aka Teas is one of my newest love affairs when it comes to tea shops.  I love their hand blended teas and the flavors each tea yields.  When I saw this one, I knew it would be instant love. And it was.

I’m a sucker for mint teas.  I have digestive issues so I find mint so refreshing and cooling.  Almost relaxing because of the cooling effect it seems to have on my body.  Pair that up with another love of mine, Yerba Mate and you have yourself a match made in heaven.  And that is exactly how I see this tea.

I dumped the sample of this tea into my One Touch Breville and hit the Herbal setting for 5 minutes @212F.  I wanted for that lovely beeping noise to alert me that my tea was ready.

I let this cool for a moment and dove right in.  The mint hit me first.  Such a lovely spearmint.  Clean and refreshing.  The Yerba Mate had a solid roasted flavor and that is the second flavor that hit my taste buds.  The two combined was a unique flavor but one I really enjoyed.  A mint refreshing cooling invigorating roasted tea.  Simple but full of flavor.  Each flavor played off the other and one flavor didn’t dominate the other.  If you are a mint fan and an yerba mate fan, I think you’ll like this one too.

Citron Maté Blend from The Persimmon Tree

citronmateTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Yerba Mate

Where To Buy:  The Persimmon Tree

Tea Description:

This aromatic and refreshing cocktail of yerba maté, lemongrass, orange peel, and lemon myrtle is the perfect tonic after a workout or tiring day. Citron Maté is a stimulating brew that can give you a little caffeine boost without the shakes or crash that can follow. Try it sweetened over ice with fresh lime juice for a refreshing summer treat!

Learn more about this blend here.

Taster’s Review:

For my first cup of the day, I generally prefer a good, strong cup of black tea.  However, there are some mornings when I need a little more than the caffeine boost that the black tea can give you, and on days like that, I often turn to Yerba Mate.

Yerba Mate has more caffeine than tea.  It’s more like coffee when it comes to caffeine.  But with Yerba Mate, I don’t get the jitters or the sickly feeling a few hours after drinking it the way I do with coffee. Yerba Mate is a big win when it comes to a caffeine fix.

And I’m really enjoying this Yerba Mate blend from Persimmon Tree.  It has a sweet, citrus-y flavor that perks up the earthy, vegetative flavor of the Mate in a very agreeable way.

To brew this tisane, I used my Breville One-Touch.  I measured 3 bamboo scoops of tisane into the basket of the tea maker (I generally like to use a little more leaf when it comes to tisanes) and added 500ml of freshly filtered water to the jug.  Then I set the parameters:  185°F – usually I go with 195°F for yerba mate tisanes but because this is a green yerba mate, I thought I’d take this opportunity to “test out” a slightly lower temperature for the green yerba mate – and 10 minutes steep time.  Because yerba mate is low in tannins, a longer steep time will result in a fuller flavor without bitterness.

I’m quite pleased with the result!  The flavor is sweet and citrus-y with notes of orange and a sweet hint of lemon and lime.  There is a light, creamy flavor that I’m tasting that melds nicely with these citrus notes.  The citrus isn’t a strong presence, in fact, I think I’d like a little more citrus to this (and I’d recommend serving it with a thin slice of whatever citrus fruit you might have on hand!) but it does add a lovely little accent of bright flavor.

It’s very “morning” bright – this cup of Citron Mate!

The yerba mate has a fresh, vegetative taste with earthy background notes.  It has a smooth flavor and isn’t bitter or astringent.  Smooth from beginning to finish!  I know that some people have remarked that they find yerba mate to be a tad on the bitter side, but to these people I recommend a slightly lower brewing temperature.  When I steeped yerba mate at a boiling temperature, I would experience bitterness too, but since I’ve dropped the temperature to 185° – 195° F, I find that I get a smooth, bitter-free taste from every cup of yerba mate now!

If you’re looking for a vibrant way to start your day, you should give this Citron Mate from The Persimmon Tree a try!  It’s tasty!

Black Mint Maté Blend from Because UR Priceless

BlackMintMateTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black Tea & Yerba Maté

Where to Buy:  Because UR Priceless on Etsy

Tea Description:

According to research studies, Yerba Matế (pronounced mah-tay) contain Vitamins A, C, B1, B2, Niacin, and B5 along with Calcium, Manganese, Iron, Selenium, Potassium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, and Zinc. It is also considered a good source of 15 different amino acids and a plethora of antioxidants.

In other words, its good for you. Our BLACK MINT MATẾ tea is an energizing blend of black tea and yerba mate along with a invigorating touch of mint. Refreshingly bold flavor for a happier, healthier you.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I took my first sip of this while the tea was still very hot (just finished brewing!) and at that moment, I wasn’t too sure I was all that excited about what I was drinking.  So, I let my cup cool for a few minutes and now that the temperature of the liquid has dropped to a “drinkable” temperature, I find this much more enjoyable!  Sometimes, tea needs time to develop it’s flavor – don’t give up on it just because the first sip isn’t all that!

This is an interesting blend of two types of mint – peppermint and spearmint – and yerba mate and black tea.  Just as with the Sweet Cinnamon Mate, the yerba mate used for this blend is a green (rather than roasted) yerba mate.  The green yerba mate has a fresher taste to it which accents the minty tones in a very pleasing way.  Although, it would be interesting to see how the roasted yerba mate would work in this blend.  It might enhance the black tea flavors.

The black tea here is certainly discernible, but in the earliest sips, I felt as though it was just a little overwhelmed by the mint notes.  It could also be the way I chose to brew this tea:  Instead of going with boiling water to steep as I would with most black teas, because this tea also had yerba mate and mint in it, I decided to drop the temperature to my usual yerba mate setting of 195°F.  When I brew mate at a higher temperature, the flavor often becomes bitter, and I find this to be true with herbal leaf as well.  So I went with a little lower temperature and steeped the tea for 4 minutes.

But now that I’ve sipped past the halfway point in my cup, I’m picking up on more black tea flavor.  It offers a nice dimension of flavor and at this point, I’m starting to realize that this blend is more about “balance” than “black tea.”  I taste not only yerba mate and mint, but also black tea.  It adds a certain smoothness to the earthy notes of the yerba mate and the clean, fresh flavor of the mint.

The mint is prominent.  I like the way the mint notes are melding with the earthy/vegetal notes of the mate.  The mate seems to subdue the powerful, zesty flavor of the mint in a very favorable way.  For those of you who tend to avoid “minty” teas because you don’t want a cup of mouthwash – this is the tea for you!  This doesn’t taste like mouthwash – there is just enough crisp, cool mint flavor for that uplifting, invigorating flavor without tasting like a liquefied breath mint.  It tastes refreshing!

Overall, this is a very enjoyable cup of tea.  I like the balance of this blend.  I like that I taste mint but it doesn’t overpower the cup.  I like that I can taste the black tea and the yerba mate.  And I like how these components compliment each other.  I like this!

Sweet Cinnamon Maté Tisane from Because UR Priceless

sweetcinnamonmateTisane Information:

Leaf Type:  Yerba Maté

Where to Buy:  Because UR Priceless on Etsy

Tisane Description:

Yerba Matế (pronounced mah-tay) has long been recommended for promoting vitality, clarity and well-being. Not only does it contain 24 vitamins and minerals, 15 amino acids, and a host of antioxidants, but it is traditionally used as a catalyst to help your body take in the benefits of other herbs.

Our SWEET CINNAMON MATẾ combines this wonderful leaf with spicy cinnamon and sweet cacao nibs to make for an unforgettable tea drinking experience.

Learn more about this tisane here.

Taster’s Review:

This tisane is delightful!

The Yerba Mate appears to be a “green” (rather than a roasted) Yerba Mate and it lends a fresh crisp taste to the cup.  Yerba Mate is a very invigorating drink and I love the refreshing flavor of the green Mate in this.  It is a nice contrast to the warm, spicy-sweet cinnamon and the rich notes of cacao.

sweetcinnamonmate1The cinnamon here adds a gentle heat.  It’s not overly spicy, but it’s warming and it’s especially nice to be drinking on a cool autumn morning like this.  Cozy, like a warm fluffy blanket but less likely to lull you into a sleepy state because we’re drinking Mate here!  The Mate gives you a swift kick in the butt to get you going and keep you alert!

The cacao nibs are a nice touch.  It gives a slight chocolate-y sweetness to the cup to soften the edge of the cinnamon and enhance the earthy quality of the Mate in a favorable way.  (Mate can sometimes be a little more on the vegetal earthy side, the cacao ensures a more chocolate-y earthiness which I like much better.)

To brew this tea, I grabbed my Kati Tumbler and added the contents of the sampler packet to the basket.  That’s probably a tad more than was needed for a 12 ounce cuppa, but, I tend to prefer my tisanes to be brewed strong because they tend to be somewhat “thinner” in body.

I added hot water (195°F) and steeped the tisane for 10 minutes.  I have found that Yerba Mate can become a little bitter if you either:  a) bring the water to boiling, or; b) steep too long.  If you eliminate one of these factors, in this case, I brought the water to just boil, then you don’t get that unpleasant bitterness from the Mate and you can steep the blend a little longer to ensure a strong flavor from the infusion.

It’s a very satisfying beverage that’s a little sweet, a little spicy and a whole lot energizing!