Full bodied and smooth. The roasted character imparts a coffee-like toast flavor, aided by the addition of coffee beans. Rich in mateine, which like caffeine is recognized as a stimulant. In fact many people find that they are more stimulated drinking mate then coffee, but without the jittery after effects associated with coffee. If your trying to quit drinking coffee, but find tea's effects too subtle, mate is worth a try.
In South America roasted mate, known as "mate cocido" in Paraguay is served sweetened, either hot or iced, with fruit juice or milk. The toasted variety of mate has less of a bitter flavor and more of a spicy fragrance. When shaken it becomes creamy (since the formed foam gets well mixed and lasts for some time), known as mate batido and it is more popular in the coastal cities of Brazil.
Bring filtered or spring water to 180°F. Add 1 tsp of tea leaves to an 8oz cup. Pour boiling water over the tea leaves and let steep 5 minutes.
- Mate, Rooibos, Coffee, Calendula Petals, and Cornflower Petals, with Natural and Artificial Flavoring