I think its fair to say that I drink more tea than I do water. I’ve had several favorites over the years; green tea, Twig tea, Genmaicha tea, Rooibos to name a few. In recent months I’ve met and fell in love with a tea. Yerba Mate. It is really the perfect cup of tea. Hailing from South America’s rain forest, this tea is nature’s gift of energy and nutrition.
Naturally, I welcomed the idea of trying out a different brand than I’ve been drinking for the last few months. Mate Factor specializes in fresh, organic Yerba Mate. Which I believe is so important as an avid tea drinker. Organic is always the way to go with tea. Unlike fruit and veggies, you can’t “rinse” off tea before you drink it. Mate Factor is a fair-trade company, which is also very important to me.
I tried out two flavors. Fresh Green loose herb tea and Dark Roast loose herb tea. I was surprised by how different the Fresh Green tea tasted from what I’ve been normally drinking. It didn’t taste like “Yerba Mate”. Mate Factor explains on their site that they do not age their herbs and cure their mate with the CleanHeat method, thus avoiding a “smoky” taste to the tea. I believe this is precisely why the Fresh Green does not resemble what I’ve been drinking. Indeed what I’ve been drinking does have a “smoky” taste, which quite honestly is enjoyable. However, there is no question that I get more vibe from Fresh Green, than the counter part. It is truly more energizing and invigorating.
I gotta tell you, the Dark Roast tea has captured my heart! I just love this tea! The smell and taste is reminiscent of coffee and the beauty of it is…it’s not coffee! It has all nutrients and gentle energy that uplifts as opposed to aggravate. It is truly a beautiful thing! Dark Roast has roasted Carob, Barley and Chicory.