Our new Kombucha refreshes in the gentle way
Our new variety Kombucha Mate combines slightly smoky Mate taste with pleasantly sweet-sour Kombucha. The tea from South America has a long tradition and is appreciated for its beneficial effects on the organism. This is because mate tea combines the various positive properties of antioxidants, theobromine and caffeine. Mate tea is the perfect coffee alternative that gently wakes you up and starts your day full of energy.
How is mate tea traditionally prepared and drunk?
Mate tea is made from the brew of dried leaves of the mate bush (Ilex paraguariensis). Strictly speaking, it is not a real tea at all, because it does not come from the genus of the tea plant Camellia Sinensis. The mate plant is mainly cultivated in South Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay and it is hard to imagine everyday life there without it. The crushed leaves of the mate bush (also called yerba) are infused with cold or hot water and drunk from a calabash (also called matí). To drink from the small bulbous vessel, a special drinking tube with a small inserted strainer is traditionally used. This way, the mate leaves are not drunk along with the tea and the tea can even be re-infused several times. In Brazil, however, the mate leaves are finely ground and called Erva Mate.
And this is how you can prepare warm mate tea yourself:
- First, fill the calabash halfway with mate leaves.
- Cover the opening of the calabash with your flat hand and turn it upside down. Then shake it gently back and forth. This will allow the coarser leaves to separate from the fine ones.
- Then press the mate leaves against the inner rim of the calabash with a little warm water.
- After you have put the drinking straw into the calabash and the leaves have swollen, slowly pour the rest of the container with warm water (approx. 70 °C).
- Now let everything steep for 2-3 minutes and the tea is ready to drink.
Mate tea as a healthy coffee alternative!
It is hard to imagine our everyday life without a cup of coffee in the morning. It reliably gives us the energy kick we need to start the day. When this effect wears off, however, some people are overcome by a bad feeling and indisposition and sometimes even dizziness. Mate tea offers the perfect alternative for people who struggle with exactly these symptoms. The caffeine is not so strongly dosed and makes nevertheless properly awake. The caffeine content in mate tea is balanced out by the theobromine and theophylline present. In addition, Yerba Mate tea impresses with its many positive properties. In addition to polyphenols, the tea contains vitamin A, B1, B2 and C and significantly more antioxidants than green tea. It stimulates digestion and can have an anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effect. Not only is the aging process supposed to be inhibited by regular consumption of mate tea, but also the appetite. So it is also the perfect companion in a healthy diet.
Pay attention to the origin of the mate tea
Important! It is best to drink only 100% organic mate tea. This is free of harmful substances that can occur in mate tea from non-organic quality. Drying and roasting the mate leaves over fire can produce unhealthy hydrocarbons. You can also rule out harmful pesticides in mate tea with organic quality.
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