INATO PREMIUM Organic Roasted Yerba Mate | Loose Leaf | Rainforest Grown | South American Traditional Green Tea Drink | Air Dried | Clean Energy Boost (15 Servings)
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- Roasted | Rainforest Harvest | Shade Grown | Prime Selection
- Air Dried | Not over the fire |
- 100% leaves | NO sticks NO dust
- Fresh | Never Aged - Single Producer
- Sustainably Sourced - Gluten Free - Sugar Free - NON GMO - Dairy Free - Soy Free - Vegan - Paleo-friendly
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A NEW KIND OF MATE
When it comes to Yerba Mate, we want to bring you the best, cleanest and purest yerba mate nature has to offer.
Like Champagne is for France, INATO Mate comes from a specific region of the south of Brazil where the rainforest meets high altitudes, creating ideal conditions for this holly plant. Carefully processed to preserve optimum nutrition content. We came to the realization that Yerba Mate, with the almost unbelievable benefits it offers, is a gift, and should be treated as such. So why do we smoke it, age it, pollute it with additives or fillers, to then drink it?
It took over 3 years of research to find the very best leaf quality and create the machinery and production process but we are very happy to bring such a product to the market and available to you.
The result is a 100% organic, wild harvest, shade grown, unsmoked, leaf only Brazilian Yerba Maté that’s innately good. Just like the place it came from.
- Ultra Green
- Organic USDA Certified
- Wild Harvest
- Shade Grown
- Air dried (at a specific temperature to maintain the most nutrients).
- Grinded to a specific leaf size (in order to have ideal leaf surface and facilitate the brewing process).
Naturally fertile grounds. The simplest way to provide both superior nutrition and flavor is to begin with naturally fertile soil. INATO mate grows on the shade of the natural rainforest vegetation, among centenial trees and native animals.
Our Field Specialists regularly evaluate the integrity of the surrounding soil to ensure that every plant is receiving optimal nutrition and is a heathly plant.
Harvest is done right before the first rays of sunshine when the nights dew still sits on its leaves and the leaves are still in a resting, healthy state. The trim is precise, quick and done with eletric pliers causing less trauma to the plant that is not fully awake..
After growing naturally amidst the natural vegetation of the Brazilian rainforest, we leave at least 33% of the plant in tact so the plant can remain healthy and vital and grow back again to the next harvest in 2 years.
The dream of a better Mate
As a kid growing up in Brazil, my mom always had a jar of iced mate ready for me, much the way kids now drink capri suns at soccer games. After a long career in marketing, I wanted to find a product that I could stand behind and that would make a difference in people's lives. That's when I came across a couple of research studies on Yerba Mate that blew my mind. How could people not know about this?
In 2012, 3 years before INATO I dove into the research and discovered the properties of this amazing plant. My earlier experiences started to make sense. But as I dove deeper, I noticed that there wasn’t a product that lived up to my ideal of the perfect mate.
Traditional mate is dried over the fire, even some "air dried" brands also use eucalyptus as firewood since is cheap but it reaches very high temperatures. After that, the mate is heavily-aged, sitting in a warehouse from 6 to 18 months, leaving the signature "smoky taste".
If the best yerba mate wasn’t out there for me to buy, maybe I would just have to source it myself. It was a great deal of work and I hope you enjoy as much as we do.
Flavor Name: Roasted | Size: 15 Servings
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I began drinking yerba mate about three months ago as a result of my search for a healthier substitute for energy drinks. I recently finished drinking through a 1 lb bag of loose leaf traditional Guayaki Organic Yerba Mate (over the course of a couple months). Guayaki was the first mate I had ever tried. As expected, it was an acquired taste, and even as I developed a taste for it, I still didn't care much for the smoky undertones of the tea. I continued to research yerba mate and discovered that mate is traditionally dried over a fire, which results in the smoky undertones I didn't care for. Further research revealed that some studies have associated heavy yerba mate drinking with certain types of cancer. Before you panic and swear off the drink forever - remember that correlation does not equal causation. The studies do not give a cause for the cancer, and some of those studies theorize that this association may be due to the traditional method by which mate is dried. Smoke contains carcinogens, and common sense tells me (and hopefully other people) that drinking known carcinogens in your tea on a daily basis probably isn't good for you in the long term. These smoke-based carcinogens are the same reason science has told us to go easy on grilled meats.
Armed with this knowledge, I set out to find a yerba mate that was: 1) air dried rather than smoke dried; and 2) contained leaves only (mate often comes in two forms - with or without stems). Guayaki makes a loose leaf mate that is air dried, but it contains stems. I wanted nothing but leafy goodness in my tea, so I kept looking and eventually found this product. It costs more than Guayaki, but you will notice the difference immediately when you open the packaging. The tea leaves are air dried, not aged (as many mates are), and are vacuum sealed to maintain freshness. I was shocked when I first saw this loose leaf mate in person. The leaves were incredibly green and fresh-looking - not the brownish old mate leaves I was used to seeing. I brewed my first cup with a fine tea strainer and was very impressed with this mate's refreshing flavor. It's markedly lighter and fresher tasting than Guayaki's traditional mate and doesn't have a smoky undertone. To me, it tastes as if someone walked out of a rain forest in Brazil with a handful of fresh yerba mate leaves and made you a cup of tea. After drinking this mate, I can finally appreciate why the drink is so popular in South America. It truly is delicious and provides a nice even energy boost. I've also found that drinking mate helps a ton with my allergies, which is another alleged benefit that I was skeptical of but actually found to be true. Inato Premium Organic Yerba Mate is an excellent product, and I sincerely recommend it to you.
So is it worth it? I'd say: yes, occasionally. It's very interesting stuff when you see/drink it for the first time (however their instructions that you should use 1 tbsp per cup of water results in a laughably weak infusion - I myself use 12 tbsp in an 8 oz ceramic gourd), but overall I don't enjoy this $21 bag any more than my $11 bag of Taragui (sin palo).
However I will say that if you're curious, you should give it a shot. It's unlike anything else you're likely to come across!
I enjoy both flavors, the traditional Mate and this green variety; and I think most tea drinkers will definitely enjoy this Inato Yerba Mate. If you are new to Yerba Mate I would suggest trying the traditional Mate first, as it does taste different.
As for the traditional mate each brand has differences, for instance I found Cruz de Malta to be strong and bitter, Canarias was good, mostly all leaf (no stem, sin palo, and very little dust) although I had a little difficulty with my bombilla which seems to work better with a coarse grind; Guayaki is the flavor I enjoy most from these three, but it has more dust (Guayaki has leaf, stem...and dust).
In summary, I definitely recommend this Yerba Mate, and will buy it again. Give it a try, although nontraditional you will see how good quality this version is.
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