Mate: Everything you need to know about it
The heavenly mate tea properties
Over 1000 years ago the Incas called mate tea the “drink of the Gods” and it has been part of the Southern American culture ever since. Health trends in the West over the last few years have made mate tea, made from yerba mate, into a trendy drink. Yerba is said to have many positive properties, particularly as a nerve-stimulating and antioxidant stimulant, which is considerably more healthy than energy drinks, coffee and Co.
Incomparable mate taste
It is not just the ingredients of mate that are compelling. The first sip may be a little unaccustomed at first because of the harsh taste. But mate tastes a lot more natural and lighter than a conventional lemonade. In spite of its low sugar content, mate has an invigorating and refreshing effect.
Enjoyable in all ways
In comparison to the original mate, which was traditionally sipped using a straw, called a bombilla, from hollowed out calabash or cow horns, it can now be ordered over the bar counter in a can or bottle. But mate tea is not only consumed ice-cold or at room temperature, it can also be enjoyed hot.
Mate growing areas
The largest yerba growing areas are in South America in Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil. While developing the El Tony drinks, we work in close collaboration with the renowned Pindo Farm in Argentina and can trace the source of the mate being used directly from the field into the final product!
Pindo Mate-Farm in Argentina
The big Mate-FAQ
Originally “mate” was the name used in South America for the container that people would traditionally drink mate tea from. The herb the mate tea is made from is called yerba. It is gained from the cut and dried leaves of the mate bush or mate tree. Today we talk about “a” mate, and by that we naturally mean a bottle or a can of mate tea.
The largest growing areas are in South America in Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil. While developing the El Tony drinks, we work in close collaboration with the renowned Pindo Farm in Argentina.
Planting a mate bush in Central Europe without a greenhouse is difficult because the plant likes a constant average temperature of 20 to 23 °C.
Many people describe the taste as being more natural and lighter than your standard, carbonated lemonades. What is special about a mate is its invigorating effect in spite of the low sugar content – something an energy drink can only provide in its wildest dreams. Furthermore, a mate also contains natural caffeine which means this drink is also interesting for people otherwise sensitive to caffeine.
Pure tea is said to have a number of positive properties. The leaves contain numerous minerals, such as magnesium and potassium, as well as antioxidants. In line with today’s health trends, mate tea is also seen as an alternative to the usual stimulants.
There are plenty of ways of refining the mate leaves. The combination that tastes best depends of course on a person’s individual preferences. El Tony’s choice is ginger and guarana.
In South America, mate is not drunk out of a bottle or can, but traditionally with a straw out of hollowed out calabash or cow horns. Mate is served ice cold, at room temperature or hot – sometimes even mixed with alcohol. However, you have to bear in mind that mixing caffeine and alcohol can pose a number of risks.
The positive characteristics of the natural mate tea have been proved scientifically. Mate tea contains caffeine but is a healthy stimulant for nerves, muscles and your metabolism. There is only around half the sugar in mate in comparison to the sugar contained in coke & Co.