Lucky Vitamin Brand Supplements
Live Chat Email Us
Lucky Vitamin Home About Us Help Track An Order
Loading Cart...
0 Items: $0.00

Your shopping cart

Code Item Quantity Price
Your shopping cart is empty.
Subtotal: $0.0

About Mate Factor

The Maté Factor was founded as a retail brand in 2003. They specialize in fresh, organic yerba mate with the best flavor and richest nutrition possible.  They are very active in giving back to the community they work with in Brazil. Their company actually originated from their desire to help their friends in the region and they have grown ever stronger in this relationship over the years.  They pay more than a fair wage, as well as working together closely to help develop local projects to enhance the support of those we work with.  Their company is environmentally conscious as well. They specialize in certified organic products according to the strictest standards because of their passion for the environment. They manufacture their own biodiesel from locally collected waste vegetable oil and use this in their local delivery vehicles.  They love quality food and sustainable agriculture. Their products are known for their purity (flavored only with organic herbs & spices), cheerful packaging, and care.

Contact Mate Factor

2002 Riverside Dr. Ste. 42E
Asheville, NC, 28803
http://www.matefactor.com
(800) 656-3668

Mate Factor - Organic Yerba Mate Loose Herb Tea Fresh Green - 12 oz.

Zoom View - Organic Yerba Mate Loose Herb Tea
Organic
    Mate Factor - Organic Yerba Mate Loose Herb Tea Fresh Green - 12 oz.
    Picture shown may differ in size, strength or flavor.
    Item Code: 110674
    UPC Code: 830568000040
    Pricing Info Re-Order
    Retail Price: $9.72
    LuckyVitamin: $7.09
    You Save:
    $2.63
    (27%)
    2 or more: $6.95
    4 or more: $6.88
    6 or more: $6.81
    In stock Quantity: 

    Availability: Usually Ships Within 24-48 Hours

    Earn 7 Points
    Product: Organic Yerba Mate Loose Herb Tea
    Code#: Lucky ID: 110674 | UPC: 830568000040
    Manufacturer:Mate Factor
    Size/Form: 12  oz.
    Packaged Ship Weight: 0.85  lbs
    Flavor title: Fresh Green
    Auto Re-Order Frequency: More Info



    In stock Quantity: 

    Availability: Usually Ships Within 24-48 Hours

    Bookmark and Share
    Qualifies for Free or Flat Shipping

    - (5 ratings) -
    Read Reviews
    Write a Review
    5 of 5 (100%) of customers said they would recommend
    this product to a friend.

    Description Suggested Use Ingredients Reviews View information about Mate Factor Show All
    Print ItemBookmark Item

    Mate Factor Organic Yerba Mate Loose Herb Tea Fresh Green - 12 oz. (340g)

    Mate Factor Organic Yerba Mate Loose Herb Tea Fresh Green is the healthy energizer.  Mate Factor is unique, as it is fresh, not aged and has no smoky flavor.  Taste and feel the difference.

    Why Does Their Fresh Green Yerba Mate Tastes So Good?

    They do not age their Yerba Mate:
    All other yerba mate sold in the USA is aged for 1-2 years before being packaged, according to cultural traditions from Paraguay, Uraguay and Argentina.  However, in Brazil, mate is commonly preferred as fresh as possible. The Mate Factor prefers this style, since it preserves the life-giving nutrients and the fresh green taste.

    Their Yerba Mate Process is an Art:
    They have spent years perfecting the "art" of creating delicately delicious Yerba Mate. They have painstakingly learned the vast array of factors that control the final flavor and vibrancy, in order to produce, The Mate Factor.

    No Smoky Flavor:
    They dry their Mate; using an art we have developed that preserves the natural flavor and also keeps our original green flavor Mate tea free from smoke. This low heat process protects natural enzymes that exist in yerba mate.

    100% Certified Organic:
    We use one hundred percent certified organic Yerba Mate, responsibly grown without pesticides or chemical fertilizers, preserving the environment where our Mate is grown.

    The Yerba Mate Plant

    Read about the qualities of Yerba Mate, the amazing herb from South America
    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.

    The Flavor
    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.

    Size and Shape of the Trees and Leaves
    The factor that characterizes the size and shape of the yerba mate trees is the amount of sunlight received. In the dense subtropical forest, the fight for sunlight has developed the trees so that they have long slender trunks with a large leafy top. This applies to the native yerba mate trees, which develop a longer trunk, reaching 45 feet tall to reach the sunlight. The cultivated trees are pruned to spread, creating large bushes, which rarely develop large trunks. They are carefully harvested each season to maintain the bush-like shape which eases the labor in harvesting.

    The leaves also present a difference in size and shape. The native leaves are usually smaller and darker in color. The cultivated leaves are larger, and occasionally, the serrated edge of the leaf becomes less evident.

    Growing Mate Organically
    One of the obstacles faced by cultivated yerba mate is the weeds. The use of herbicides is widespread in cultivated areas, therefore posing threats to the natural balance of the subtropical forests and grasslands. For this reason, we have also chosen yerba mate plantations that are surrounded by native forest. This avoids all possibility of contamination. The International Organic Regulations are followed in all of our certified plantations.

    Native yerba mate doesn’t face the same challenge, as the weeds do not grow in the dense forest. Most native yerba mate is, by default, organic. We have all our native yerba mate areas certified though, and conduct extraction in a manner that doesn’t damage the other vegetation in the forest.

    The Mate Factor Difference

    Mate Factor Yerba Mate is Fresh
    In order to preserve as many fresh nutrients as possible as well as the bright green flavor of the herb we do not age our yerba mate like other mate companies do. Most yerba mate sold in the USA is aged for 1-2 years before being packaged, according to cultural traditions from Paraguay, Uraguay and Argentina. However, in Brazil, yerba mate is commonly preferred as fresh as possible.  The Mate Factor prefers this style, since it preserves the life-giving nutrients and the fresh green taste our customers love.

    They have spent years perfecting the "art" of creating delicately delicious Yerba Mate. They have painstakingly learned the vast array of factors that control the final flavor and vibrancy, in order to produce the best tasting, most nutritious yerba mate tea possible!

    Processing their Yerba Mate immediately upon harvest, Mate Factor mate is vacuum packed into triple barrier freshness sealed bags. Once the process is completed, their mate is trucked to port in order to be shipped out immediately. They do this because they love fresh Yerba Mate!

    Processed in Low Heat with No Smoky Flavor

    They cure their yerba mate using the CleanHeat method we developed that keeps the Yerba Mate free from smoke, preserving the vital nutrients & natural flavor of our herb. Their process protects the natural enzymes that exist in Yerba Mate, insuring that the plant never reaches temperatures that would damage the natural constituents.  This careful process produces a bright, smooth flavor that makes Mate Factor Mate superb not only by itself, but as a base for blending your own drinks, hot or cold.

    Generous Portions & Quality Ingredients
    They offer generous portions in both our tea bags and loose teas. Our tea bags weigh 3.5 grams each DOUBLE the size of many tea bags on the market, producing a fuller effect.

    Their loose teas come in a generous 12 oz bag, making approximately 4 gallons of organic yerba mate tea.  They spare no effort in finding the highest quality herbs and spices to use in our flavored mate teas.

    100% Certified Organic Yerba Mate
    They use 100% percent certified organic Yerba Mate, responsibly grown without pesticides or chemical fertilizers, preserving the environment where their Yerba Mate is grown. They gather Yerba Mate from different regions with specific characteristics to achieve their special green flavor.

    Farmer Friendly - Fairly Traded
    Their company was founded on helping the producers earn a fair wage for their labor. They enjoy a personal, mutually beneficial relationship with their producers and have worked together closely in promoting organics in both the United States and Brazil.

    Harvesting and Processing

    After the yerba mate trees have reached 4-6 years old, they are ready to begin being harvested. At this point, cultivated yerba mate trees are around 4-5 meters tall and of almost the same diameter, native yerba mate trees may reach up to 15 meters tall and 3-4 in diameter. The harvest occurs once every 2 years, in a rotating system, where only a part of the plantation is harvested at a time, providing a constant supply of leaves and giving the yerba mate trees 2 years to replace the growth lost in the pruning. The native yerba mate trees may be harvested at any time of the year, but only every 3 or 4 years, unlike the cultivated yerba mate trees which are harvested at the end of winter.

    The workers that gather the yerba mate leaves are from experienced families, being trained to harvest the yerba mate, pruning the trees the right way, a skill that has been passed down in these families for many years. They spread a white nylon tarp or sheet on the ground around the yerba mate tree to prevent prolonged contact with the ground and cut the branches. They then cut out the larger sticks leaving only the smaller branches and bundle them up in the tarps, loading them for transport to the processing plant.

    Special care is applied so that the tree is not hurt during the harvest. Shortly after harvest the yerba mate trees put out new shoots, which is the growth harvested 2 years later. The harvest time does determine the flavor of the yerba mate, as well as its nutritional properties, especially its stimulant content. Yerba mate leaves gathered in February and March tend to have a notably higher stimulating effect than the leaves gathered in September, but they also tend to have a bitterer flavor, as the new buds are then emerging.

    When they arrive at the yerba mate processing plant, the branches are spread on a conveyor belt that carries them to the hopper of what is called in Portuguese a “Sapecador” (Saw-pa-caw-door). There the branches fall through the leaping flames of a fire. This fire is made our proprietary Cleanheat System , so that the yerba mate leaves do not come in contact with the dense smoke that results in traditional wood fires. This process heats the surface of the leaf to 400°C for fractions of a second, breaking a thin film of protective enzymes that coats the surface of the leaf. These enzymes, peroxidase and polifenoloxidase would otherwise hinder the evaporation of the water content and cause oxidation in the leaves during the remaining drying process, rendering it useless. This process also removes microorganisms that could otherwise cause fermentation and contamination in the product. This does not heat the inner part of the yerba mate leaf over 65°C leaving the nutritional properties intact.

    The yerba mate leaves and branches then roll through a spinning cylinder through which Cleanheat is blown, maintaining the leaves under a controlled temperature to initiate the dehydration. When they leave this first cylinder the leaves and branches are crushed to reduce them to a size that will quicken the dehydration. They then enter the dehydration cylinder, a triple spinning cylinder where they travel back and forth three times, all the while being drafted with warm air from our Cleanheat. The temperature in this cylinder is lower than the previous one, enabling an even drying of the yerba mate leaves.

    After running the dehydration system the yerba mate leaves are cut, sifted and remixed to match the specific cut’s specifications of leaf size, leaf powder percentage etc. We combine percentages of native yerba mate and cultivated yerba mate to reach the desired flavor.
    The yerba mate then sits for at least 24 hours to let the rest of the humidity evaporate. It then is packaged in 2.5kg and 340g triple layer bags for prolonged freshness, or in larger bags for the bulk market. In our triple-layer bags, the yerba mate can be maintained in a stable condition for more than two years, maintaining intact the nutritional properties. The triple-layer package serves as a barrier to oxygen and light, the main sources of oxidation.

    Studies have shown that the properties of yerba mate suffer little variation during this process; the mineral percentage actually concentrates due to the evaporation of the water. There were variations observed in yerba mate that had been exposed to the smoke of the traditional log fires used to dry yerba mate. These we have stabilized with our Cleanheat system, in order to preserve the full nutrition of the original leaf.

    Yerba Mate Nutrition

    Botanical Name: Ilex Paraguariensis (Part of the Holly Family)
    Minerals Richly Found in Yerba Maté that Support Metabolism and Development

    • chromium
    • copper
    • iron
    • manganese
    • potassium
    • zinc

    More Antioxidants than Green Tea - Antioxidants in Yerba Mate

    Studies show Yerba Mate to be higher in antioxidants than Green Tea. Partially responsible for this is the high levels of polyphenols found in Yerba Mate. Polyphenols are indicated to perform similarly to the 293 natural antioxidant enzymes in the body, and are believed to support these natural health promoting systems.

    Largely responsible for the high antioxidant value of Yerba Mate are the very high levels of  caffeoyl derivatives found in Mate compared to other plants. These include caffeic acid, chlorogenic acid, 3, 4-dicaffeoylquinic acid, 3, 5-dicaffeoylquinic acid, and 4, 5-dicaffeoylquinic acid.

    Polyphenols in Yerba Mate:

    • Caffeic Acid
    • Caffeine
    • Caffeoyl Derivatives
    • Caffeoylshikimic Acid
    • Chlorogenic Acid
    • Feruloylquinic Acid
    • Kaempferol
    • Quercetin
    • Quinic Acid
    • Rutin
    • Theobromine

    The Healthy Energizer
    The energizing effects of Yerba Mate are longer lasting than traditional caffeine beverages, and are found by most to be free from side effects such as, the jitters, mood swings, addiction, and post stimulation fatigue. The bottom line is, Yerba Mate gives you energy that really feels good.

    Yerba Mate has 3 xanthine alkaloids, working together with a rich host of nutritional components, creating the unique healthy energizing effect. The xanthines are caffeine, theobromine and Theophylline. Mate is low in caffeine, and theophylline, yet high in theobromine, which has less effect on your nervous system than caffeine. A hypothesis exists that Yerba Mate contains its own unique xanthine alkaloid that hasn't been clinically identified yet.

    Anecdotally, the overwhelming majority have reported that Yerba Mate does not give them the healthy problems they experience from coffee. Many who have had problems with caffeine and desire to get off of it, find Yerba Mate to be the answer they were looking for.

    Yerba Mate & Weight Loss
    Yerba Mate is believed to aid in weight loss and has growing interest in those studying obesity control. Studies cite Yerba Mate to potentially interfere with cholesterol metabolism and delay intestinal absorption of dietary fat.  Obese men and women consuming Mate tea have shown a decrease in respiratory quotient (RQ), indicating an increase in fat oxidation. 

    A study done in 1998 at the Foundation University of Rio Grande, Brazil, showed that Mate is capable of vaso relaxation of arterial beds, which that the it may be able to lower the risk for heart disease in the same way that red wine is believed to do.  The thermogenic effect of Yerba Mate has been the source of interest to both researchers and those desiring to lose weight.

    Suggested Use

    Preparation Hints

    Traditional Gourd
    Experience traditional Mate culture with the gourd and bombilla.  Pour hot (not too hot) water over Mate leaves and sip through the bombilla.  Refill and pass it to a friend.

    French Press
    Start with 1/4 cup of Mate leaves per quart of water.  Allow to steep in hot (not boiling) water for 3-5 minutes.  Adjust the amount of Mate according to your strength.

    Iced Tea
    Brew the Mate extra strong, using 1/2 cup of Mate leaves per quart of water.  Mix with honey and lemon, or your favorite frozen juice concentrate.  Pour over ice.

    Tea Pot or Tea Ball
    Start with 1 tablespoon of Mate leaves per 12oz cup of hot (not boiling) water.  Let steep for 3-5 minutes.  Adjust the amount of Mate according to your desired strength.

    Coffee Maker
    Use your coffee machine as normal, starting with 1/4 cup of Mate leaves per quart of water.  Adjust the amount of Mate according to your desired strength.

    Ingredients

    100% Certified Organic Yerba Mate
    About Mate Factor
    The Maté Factor was founded as a retail brand in 2003. They specialize in fresh, organic yerba mate with the best flavor and richest nutrition possible.  They are very active in giving back to the community they work with in Brazil. Their company actually originated from their desire to help their friends in the region and they have grown ever stronger in this relationship over the years.  They pay more than a fair wage, as well as working together closely to help develop local projects to enhance the support of those we work with.  Their company is environmentally conscious as well. They specialize in certified organic products according to the strictest standards because of their passion for the environment. They manufacture their own biodiesel from locally collected waste vegetable oil and use this in their local delivery vehicles.  They love quality food and sustainable agriculture. Their products are known for their purity (flavored only with organic herbs & spices), cheerful packaging, and care.
    2002 Riverside Dr. Ste. 42E
    Asheville, NC, 28803
    Phone: (800) 656-3668
    http://www.matefactor.com
    Reviews
    Submit a review for this item
    Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by contributors of the product reviews are their own and not necessarily those of LuckyVitamin.com. LuckyVitamin.com does not endorse or imply any medical claims from these reviews. These reviews should not be taken as recommendations but rather customer opinions of the products that they may or may not have used. Reviews are not intended as a substitute for appropriate medical care or advice and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Read the full product reviews disclaimer here.

    Average Customer Rating: (5 out of 5)

    Based on 5 rating(s)
    5 of 5 (100%) of customers said they would recommend this product to a friend.
    • By RON ( Surrey, BC)
      2/21/2012 12:15:58 AM

      I recommend this product!
      very tasty
    • By Errol ( Los Gatos, CA)
      9/17/2012 1:48:50 PM

      I recommend this product!
      Good service. very good product...good price, especially if you order more than one so that you can save on shipping. I ordered 2. Next time, I may order 3 if shipping is the same.
    • By Amy ( Grifton, NC)
      1/17/2013 5:17:05 PM

      I recommend this product!
      Love this tea!
    • By Sherri ( Lithia Springs, GA)
      12/6/2013 7:58:23 AM

      I recommend this product!
      Great Mate. I drink it every day.
    • By peggy ( Mesa, AZ)
      1/24/2014 7:41:16 PM

      I recommend this product!
      Like this product and the taste. Leaves are a bit small and can come loose when brewing. Not enough of a problem to stop me from future purchases though.
    *The products and the claims made about specific products on or through this site have not been evaluated by LuckyVitamin.com or the United States Food and Drug Administration and are not approved to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. The information provided on this site is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional or any information contained on or in any product label or packaging. You should not use the information on this site for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem or for prescription of any medication or other treatment. You should consult with a health care professional before starting any diet, exercise or supplementation program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem.

    Item Successfully Added To Wish List

    We've added your item to the Wish List. You can view your list any time from your MyLucky account page. A Wish List is useful to keep track of items you are interested in buying in the future. Once you purchase the items, they come off your list.

    Wish List Error

    Sorry, we were unable to add your item at this time.

    Please Wait

    Your Wish List request is currently being processed.

    This is the item title

    Item Code: 34567

    Continue ShopppingView Your ListRemove From List

    Item Successfully Added To Regimen

    We've added your item to the Regimen. You can view your list any time from your MyLucky account page. A Regimen is useful to keep track of items you you purchase frequently (or take as part of a "regimen"). Unlike a Wish List, items you add to your Regimen are not removed from the list after you purchase them.

    Regimen Error

    Sorry, we were unable to add your item at this time.

    Please Wait

    Your Regimen request is currently being processed.

    This is the item title

    Item Code: 34567

    Continue ShopppingView Your ListRemove From List

    Similar Products
    Bookmark Us Download Our Catalog RSS Feeds Lucky Forums News Archives Health Library
    Spanish Portuguese Italian French Korean Japanese German Chinese Why Join?
    VeriSign Secured - Click To Verify Customer Certified - Click To Verify Top User Rated - Click To Verify Trusted Store - Click To Verify Top Rated Elite Member ResellerRatings - Click To Verify Natural Products Association Member TRUSTe Verified - Click To Confirm McAfee Secure - Click To Verify
    © Copyright 2014, LuckyVitamin.com   All Rights Reserved.
    LuckyVitamin.com 555 E. North Lane, Suite 6050, Conshohocken, PA 19428 - 888-635-0474