Yerba Mate
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On more than one occasion Pope Francis has been seen sharing a drink offered him by a pilgrim from Argentina: it's mate, a traditional infused drink popular in his native country and its neighbors.

Mate is the national infusion of Argentina, and is also associated with Our Lady of Caacupé, whose shrine Pope Francis visited in Paraguay on July 11.

The highly caffeinated beverage is served hot, traditionally in a hollowed gourd with a metal straw. Dried leaves of yerba mate (Ilex paraguariensis), a member of the holly family, are steeped in the hot water.

Yerba mate was first cultivated and used by the Guarani, an indigenous people of Paraguay and its neighbors. It was domesticated at the Jesuit Reductions in the 17th century, and the Society of Jesus was largely responsible for the spread of its consumption, through export – so much so that it became known as “the Jesuits’ tea.”

Yerba mate's association with Our Lady of Caacupé stems from a Guarani sculptor named José, who had converted to Christianity through the Jesuits.

He was once being pursued by a group of the Mbaya people, who had not abandoned their native religion. He vowed that if Mary would keep him from being caught by the Mbaya, he would carve and venerate an image of her.

Mary then appeared to José, telling him “ka'aguý cupe-pe”, Guarani for “behind the yerba mate shrubs.” He ran over and found a thick tree trunk, hiding himself behind it, and his pursuers ran on past him. José fulfilled his promise and carved the statue, and now Our Lady of Caacupé is the patroness of Paraguay.

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Mate is....not for people who are sensitive to caffeine. That stuff is kick-butt strong, not in the taste, but in other ways...!

Anyway, it's def. worth a try if you can get in the gourd with the little metal spoon AKA the traditional way!
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(07-24-2015, 08:26 AM)xandratax Wrote: Mate is....not for people who are sensitive to caffeine. That stuff is kick-butt strong, not in the taste, but in other ways...!

Anyway, it's def. worth a try if you can get in the gourd with the little metal spoon AKA the traditional way!

Yes,it's very strong, almost more tachycardia inducing jitters than a good old cup of joe...at least for me. It tastes pretty good though, but than again I like a lot of herbal stuff and spent years drinking straight  Kratom powder and poppy tea with nothing to mask it so I've got a strong stomach.

Most health food stores sell  Yerba Mate. It's definitely worth a try.
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Actually, I have found mate to be quite weak by contemporary American standards. Keep in mind that Americans now drink the most coffee in the world, much of that in the form of espresso. In addition, Americans are accustomed to caffeinated sodas almost from infancy.

For me personally, mate lacks kick. Then again, I drink upwards of 8 shots of espresso daily, four in the morning and four in the evening (without any milk or sugar, however).
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(07-24-2015, 11:32 AM)formerbuddhist Wrote:
(07-24-2015, 08:26 AM)xandratax Wrote: Mate is....not for people who are sensitive to caffeine. That stuff is kick-butt strong, not in the taste, but in other ways...!

Anyway, it's def. worth a try if you can get in the gourd with the little metal spoon AKA the traditional way!

Yes,it's very strong, almost more tachycardia inducing jitters than a good old cup of joe...at least for me. It tastes pretty good though, but than again I like a lot of herbal stuff and spent years drinking straight  Kratom powder and poppy tea with nothing to mask it so I've got a strong stomach.

Most health food stores sell  Yerba Mate. It's definitely worth a try.
The herbs I use are what I find when I go out into the woods.
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#6
Seesh, guys, I've never done drugs (I would consider poppy tea a drug  Sticking tongue out at you) and coffee is too strong for me, even black tea gives me migraines. So Mate is too strong for my standards. I just thought I'd say something about it because there are some other people who might also want to know if it might be too strong for them.
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