We are proud to offer Argentinian, Organic, Fair Trade Mate of the most superb leaf quality. Yerba, the sacred Paraguayan tea plant, is the traditional and common daily drink of the Guarani Natives of Argentina. It is famous for its stimulating effects, as it contains up to 2% caffeine. It is known for its numerous health benefits and mood lifting capability. We serve it in a typical gourd called a calabash, with a drinking straw, or bombilla. The infusion, made from the crushed, light green leaf of the mate plant, has an earthy, vegetal aroma, and a strongly herbal, bitter taste that can be softened by the addition of honey. It is good for late nights of study, reading, when the day’s mood needs an upward lift, or for animated conversation with friends. We do not recommend mate for children or anyone highly sensitive to caffeine.
Yerba Mate Real
This traditional way of serving mate features a large amount of mate leaves in a small gourd. The gourd is skillfully filled with low temperature water, allowing the water to flow down the side of the bombilla and creating a tunnel so that the top leaves remain dry. Extra water is served so that, as each infusion progresses, the leaves are pulled slowly down into the water allowing for multiple infusions. Traditionally, this type of mate ritual is shared in a circle with friends, one sipping the tea, and then filling the gourd with water before passing affectionately to the next friend. Feel free to enjoy on your own, or with friends.
Yerba Mate Grande
A generous portion in a calabash, but with a mantle of local honey. A good drink if you don’t want to sleep for three days, or you’ve put off a project due tomorrow!
Yerba Mate Ahumado
An Dobra original Mate blend, using the Chinese smoked tea Lapsang Souchong and maple syrup. Just a touch of this robustly smokey tea is needed to give the Mate a deeply filling and mysterious taste and aroma. The addition of maple syrup gives this smokey concotion the distinct character of New England in the early spring.