1. Mocha Mint
2. Dark Roast
3. Fresh Green
I decided to try the Fresh Green first because that is usually my favorite and because it is a more common tea and most of the time it is fairly consistent and it is hard to mess up a good basic green tea. The difference here is that these teas are made from Yerba Mate which is grown in Brazil and is 100% Organic and is dried immediately upon picking using an art form that they perfected so that their tea is smoke free. I have to admit I did not have a clue what Yerba Mate is so when I took my first sip my immediate thought was, I am drinking a form of coffee! It is alot darker than your regular tea and has a decidedly different taste than tea, or at least it did for me. It is alot stronger and more powerful which I guess is why they call it an Energizing Tea!
It tasted good, I was just not used to tea that way and once I took my time and really appreciated the whole process that they go thru to get their teas, it all made sense why it was so different. You can use honey, agave or any form of sweetener that you typically use with your tea. If you want a more unique flavor try adding milk or you can make it cold. Just make sure that whatever way you choose, let the tea bags seep for at least 5 minutes.
Next I chose the Mocha Mint tea to try. This drink is more of a social like tea or even after dinner instead of coffee. Again, this tea is great whether hot or cold. It is rich in flavor with Roasted Carob, Yerba Mate, Peppermint and Roasted Chicory. It is a pretty dark tea so you may want to lighten it up with a tad of creamer or your favorite milk. Or you can experiment and find new flavors to enrich your experience. I think out of all the teas I was sent from Mate Factor, this one was my favorite. Also remember that each tea bag is double the size of regular tea bags so you get more flavor than the smaller ones.
The Dark Roast was almost as dark as coffee and has a very heavy like flavor to it. They actually made this one to be an alternative to coffee that is smoother and gentler than coffee. Here are the benefits of this tea:
•Energizes and Sustains you throughout the day
•Combats Fatigue and Sleepiness, Promotes Mental Clarity
•Long Lasting Effects
•Free from the Unpleasant Side Effects often associated with coffee
Yerba Mate is one of nature's best resource of antioxidants and one cup will boost your immune system. It is rich in chlorophyll, vitamins A, B, C, E, magnesium, potassium, iron, pantothenic acid, and much more. You can also buy this tea in loose leaf bags to be used in your coffee maker or french press. You might want to add a creamer or milk to this one to tone down the darkness of the tea.
I then tried the Chai Tea and the ingrediants in this tea are Green Yerba Mate, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Cardamom, Ginger, Cloves, Chicory and Black Pepper. It is a combination of traditional Indian Chai spices with Fresh Brazilian Yerba Mate. It is a very spicy and bold taste. I had to let my friend finish this tea because it was a little too spicy for me. Remember my chronic bladder problem? Well, extremely spicy foods or drinks are off limits so one sip and I knew I better pass this one on. But if this is your forte, then you will love this tea as my friend did. There are several more flavors to try at Mate Factor and I hope you go and check them out and see if some of the other flavors sound as good as these do. If you "Like" them on Facebook you will get weekly exclusive specials. They do not use chemical fertilizers or pesticides along with practicing fair wages to the people of South America.
Here is some of what I learned about Yerba Mate and I did copy this from their site so there would be no misquotes:
The yerba mate plant, which is really a tree, is an evergreen from the Holly family that grows in the subtropical forests of South America. The yerba mate tree, from the Aquifoliacae family, stands between 6 to 8 meters tall, being able to reach even 15 meters. There are many different species in the family, the Ilex gender having more than 550, the holly plant included, 280 species found in South America, 60 of which occur in southern Brazil. Only 3 species though are used in the mate industry (I. paraguariensis, I. angustifolia, I. amara), Ilex Paraguariensis being the most important. The mate plant, due to the widespread genetic variety of the Ilex family, may have white or light purple stems, and thick waxy leaves that may present dented or smooth edges.You can connect with Mate Factor several ways:
The amount of xanthene alkaloids in the leaves of maté is believed to be directly related to the quality of the soil. This influences the flavor of the yerba mate giving it a milder taste. This flavor varies from region to region, the soil of southern Brazil presenting drastic variations in mineral content, texture, and organic mass. The tendency though, is for the cultivated maté to have a stronger bitterness, and probably higher xanthene content. The native trees, which grow in the nitrogen-rich topsoil of the Paraná Pine forests, tend to have a milder bitterness, characterized by a stronger leafy flavor. Obtaining the right balance of these is the secret to having a stable, fresh tasting yerba mate.
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Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. The photo's used in this review were provided by me and my cranky old camera!