The Tao of Tea, 100% Organic Pure Leaf Teas, Maté Mint, Yerba Mate & Spearmint, 4 oz (114 g)
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- Artisan Quality
- Pure Leaf Teas
- USDA Organic
- Brews 60 Cups
- Certified Organic by QAI
Maté was first used by the Guarani Indians who believed it could cleanse and heal the spirit. Now, millions enjoy it throughout South America and beyond. Our Maté is grown on a 100% organic farm in Southern Brazil. We hand blend the leaves with fragrant spearmint to give it a refreshing taste.
Maté (Ilex Paraguariensis) is an evergreen plant of the holly family (Aquifoliaceae). The plant can reach heights of 10-12 meters, but is generally pruned to about 4-6 meters. Although the plant does produce small flowers and fruit, only the distinctive oval shaped leaves and stems are plucked for processing.
Maté contains vitamins (A, B1, B2, C and E), mineral salts, 15 amino acids and high levels of antioxidants. Its chemical constituents also include alkaloids (such as caffeine). Maté is known to help cope with stress and is beneficial for the nervous and immune systems.
Cool, sweet, refreshing taste and a minty aroma. Will provide at least 3-4 infusions.
The Tao of Tea
Like the Tao, the art of tea is universal. We began our work with tea in 1997 to be a connecting thread for tea culture. Practicing the art on a daily basis in our teahouses in Portland, Oregon, we are a group of tea enthusiasts from different backgrounds and cultures. We travel, learn, take delight and seek to offer pure leaf trees with great flavor, artistry and soul. Our reward comes through actions that help people's lives, sustain the art of tea and promise a healthy environment.
Gourd & Bombilla
The Maté Gourd and Bombilla are traditional vessels used for enjoying Yerba Maté. The Gourd is filled one-third full with the leaves and, after adding water, the brew is enjoyed by sipping through the bombilla. Designs and shapes vary from region to region.
100% organic yerba maté, 100% organic spearmint.
Initially, I gave this product a 3-star review. After trying it a little less strong, I had to give it another star. I don't use a gourd, but I do use a bombilla. The first steeping of this one should be as brief as possible. I just put a bit of cold water in my mug before adding the hot water, and down the first one fairly quickly. After you get to the second and third (I usually get at least a fourth infusion as well), the flavour is much milder and the mint comes through a lot more. I've actually started drinking this tea fairly regularly, both because it's a bit of a jump-start, and also because it supposedly has some immune-boosting funcitons. It's a good tea.