Who Cares? May Monsoon Mates…

Normally by this time, following the full moon in May, we should be breathing in the aroma of the fresh harvest of mate leaves drying in the Barbaqua. This season the fires have been dampened due to heavy rains. Fortunately forests were not flooded like countless urban regions in South Brasil. However, many of our meta-mates have been affected by the calamities and our well wishes go out to them.

Prior to the onset of the May Monsoons, the Family Gehm had wisely decided to sit out the season to give their forests a rest this year. It is an appropriate time for all of us to reflect on the balance between our consumption habits and our attitudes towards natural resources.

Meanwhile in Berlin, Brandenburg we are threatened with forest fires, sweltering summers and dry-spells. The only bright side of the heat is that it is perfect weather to enjoy refreshing tereres.

Young Activists gathered East of Berlin earlier this month to connect and voice their concerns with regards to the expansion of the Tesla Factory in the region.

In the spirit of real renewable forest energy we rode down with 10L Water to enjoy a round with mates.

We realise that for many Mate is just something you drink every once in a while (perhaps even in a bottle as a sign of protest). But it is deeply rooted in the commons and counter culture, and for us providing mate to such meta-gatherings is our form of activism.

It was an unexpected surprise to find our original brause mates, MunterMate with a small kiosk at the anti-tesla camp, a reassuring sign that there are many who are taking up similar causes.

In the spirit of sacred activism the MateVerse will be setting a space at the Station Berlin towards the end of May to share a meta-moment. We hope to be able to offer the room for reflection and ritual in the midst of a media messe……we look forward to some great mates and sharing some meta moments for those who care!

Herbst Harvest 2023

The new harvest arrived in Berlin at the beginning of October and we celebrated this with mate mates over the long holiday weekend.

Apologies that it is not yet available online due to internet issues which should be resolved by November

This season’s harvest is a celebration towards bio-diversity.

We have 6 different Moonshine Harvests for the Craft Mate Fans and in order to facilitate the choices we have put together a selection of the 2023 Harvest Package.

  • May 2023 – Leafy Melody XXL. This 2.5kg package (packed in paper) allows moonshine mate fans to enjoy the handmade harvest. Smoked with Camboata wood, this mate is somewhat mild and ideal for daily drinking through the long cold winter!
  • June 2023 – Moida Fina Extra Forte – Conveniently packed in 2 x 500g this finely ground ‚chimarrao‘ mate from the Family Gehm is not as strong as the name alludes to. Bursting with fresh green forest energy and subtle smokey notes from Pitangueira & Uva do Japao
  • July 2023 – This is a double treat for materos to taste the difference that the craft grinding has on the mate leaves. Vaccum packed in 500g, the Moida Fina Classico has all the attributes of a robust chimarrao. And those who enjoy stronger smokey flavors will be delighted by the Guabiroba & Branquilho aroma of the leafy melody which carefully is preserved by the vaccum packing done by the Family Gehm.
  • August 2023 – Tolotti Fans may rejoice with this years harvest (vaccum packed in 2 x 500g) this fine powedered mate has strong earthy notes and is smoked with (non-aromatic) eucalyptus.

In order to make the choice easy and ensure that all have enough mate to remain cheerful and energized this season we have put together some special offers such as the 5.5kg Harvest package for 123€ or the 2.5kg Leafy Melody with a Bomba Serejo for 49€

Like most others we have finally fallen victim to the price increases. We recognise that many in our community need mate to sustain their daily lives and we have tried to keep our mate margins to a minimum which is why we have come up with this package, and we urge materos to take advantage of this special offer and appreciate the bio-diversity possible with artisanal mate production.