Unlike traditional yerba mate drying processes, which expose the leaves to smoke and high temperatures, this smoke-free yerba mate is produced using an innovative method that maintains low temperatures and eliminates the presence of smoke. This technique ensures a lighter, softer flavor that is uniquely refreshing.
One of the primary concerns with traditionally produced yerba mate is the presence of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), which are potential carcinogens. This smoke-free organic yerba mate undergoes rigorous testing to ensure that it meets EU standards, offering significantly lower levels of PAH4 compared to other brands. This commitment to quality and safety makes this yerba mate the ideal choice for health-conscious consumers.Show Sources
Both of these studies investigate the presence of carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in yerba mate drinks. The findings indicate that traditionally prepared yerba mate drinks contain high levels of PAHs, which are potential carcinogens. While the studies suggest a possible link between PAHs in mate drinks and an increased cancer risk, they do not establish a definitive causal relationship, and further research is needed to confirm these findings.
- Monien, B. H., Schumacher, F., Herrmann, K., Glatt, H., Turesky, R. J., & Chesné, C. (2008). High Levels of Carcinogenic Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Mate Drinks. Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention, 17(5), 1262–1268. https://aacrjournals.org/cebp/article/17/5/1262/163501/High-Levels-of-Carcinogenic-Polycyclic-Aromatic
- Kaminsky, F. M., & Hnatyszyn, O. (2009). Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons as a potential source of carcinogenicity of mate. Journal of Food Composition and Analysis, 22(6), 463–468. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6443446/
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 4 minutes.
Mate is traditionally prepared in a hollowed calabash gourd known as a mate or guampa, which serves as both a brewing vessel and a cup.
To prepare the mate, fill the gourd anywhere from half to two-thirds full with the yerba mate leaves. Pour hot water, ideally between 160°F and 180°F, over the leaves. Next, insert straw called a bombilla, which is equipped with a built-in strainer at the tip, into the gourd. Sip the brewed mate through the bombilla, savoring its rich flavor and aroma.
Once you have finished the infusion, the mate can be re-brewed multiple times, often up to 10 times or more, allowing you to enjoy the full range of flavors and benefits that yerba mate has to offer.