Archive | March, 2012


Yerba Mate in 2.5 Minutes

Quick & dirty run down of Yerba Mate in 2.5 minutes. Drink on!    

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Cachamate Hierbas Serranos

Cachamate’s Hierbas Serranas

Cachamate — 2.95 of 5 palos — reviewed 3/00/2012 Type: Hierbas Serranas (Mountain Herbs). Con Palos (stems). Region: Misiones, Argentine and Worldwide locations. Produced by Cachamaí. Description This is a yerba company that has definitely taken a different tact. Mate doesn’t seem to be their official product, but one of many. Positioned as a “natural […]

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playadito yerba mate

Playadito Yerba Mate or Green Tea?

Playadito — 2.55 of 5 palos — reviewed 3/16/2012 Type: Traditional, Con Palos Region: Colonia Liebig, Corrientes, Argentina. Cooperativa Agrícola de la Colonia Liebig Ltda. Description: This cooperatively grown yerba of Corrientes, Argentina, bordering Misiones,has some history to it. Upon immigrating to Argentina around the end of the 19th century, German farmers, with the combined […]

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An Inside Look at EcoTeas [Interview]

I recently got the chance to interview Dee Fretwell, who is the Vice President of Operations at EcoTeas, located in Ashland, Oregon (which Dee pronounces “organ”). The interview randomly came about from the following sequence of events: Circle of Drink received some Mate from EcoTeas. Upon examining the package of the Mate, I saw that […]

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Uruguay’s (Brazil’s) Acclaimed Yerba Mate: Canarias

Canarias — 3.95 of 5 palos — reviewed 3/12/2012 Type: Traditional. Aged 4-6 months. 100% Natural, no chemicals. Region: Santa Catarina, Paraná and Rio Grande, Southern Brazil. Grown by Canarias S.A. Description: Canarias yerba mate is a solid brand. Excellent character and strength. This is a bold yerba that has not only the signature Brazilian […]

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poland mate

How Poland got its hands on Yerba Mate

The history of yerba mate in Poland I recently stumbled upon a picture of a Polish guy drinking some Mate. I posted a comment, and this began my informal interview with a Polish Mate drinker by the name of Sebastian. Sebastian: Hi Matt. Thanks for comment about my photo. Sorry for slow response but i […]

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Harshly Delicious: Rosamonte Yerba Mate

Rosamonte — 3.50 of 5 palos — reviewed 3/4/2012 Type: Traditional — Aged 12 months. Region: Apóstoles, Misiones, Argentina. Establecimiento “10 Hermanos” de Hreñuk S.A. Description: A top brand of yerba here in Argentina, Rosamonte can be seen on the desks, along with a thermos and mate close by, throughout the office buildings. Rosamonte appears […]

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Yerba Mate NYC

Yerba Mate NYC: The Social Catalyst

My friend Milton, and his roommate Casey, both lost their mateginity a few days ago. They described their experience as “enlightening,” and Milton claimed that Mate is a “social catalyst.” Both are very true, and I was happy to hear my friends come to this conclusion about a drink they had only recently been acquainted […]

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Kraus Orgánica Mate

Kraus — 4.10 of 5 palos — reviewed 3/2/2012 Type: Orgánica, Sin Humo (smokeless) Region: San Ignacio, Misiones, Argentina. Description: Kraus’ Orgánica is their USDA Organically Certified yerba. That means: it’s as organic as it’s going to get—no chemicals. Eco Teas, an American-based tea and mate company, is the exclusive distributer of Kraus in the […]

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Kraus Pionero Yerba Mate

Kraus — 3.35 of 5 palos — reviewed 2/24/2012 Type: Pionero Region: San Ignacio, Misiones, Argentina. Description: This is one of Kraus’ very notable brands of mate. With palos, this expression of their yerba has a nutty and smooth profile. After spending a few weeks with their stronger, Gaucho, label, you may be inclined to […]

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