Carijo Mate – UltiMATE limited edition

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 2 customer ratings
(2 customer reviews)

Description

sapecoThis limited 40kg production of Caayari’s Carijo is a once in a lifetime mate. 19 Kgs are on the way to Berlin and we will be seding it out in August.

Why is this mate so special?    It was dried on aromatic woods Pitangueira and Guabiroba as the books and ancient tradition recommend. Not any wood, but the best ones. We planned 100kgs but only 40kg were made in total.

Note the huge sapeco flames in the photo above, only an experienced artisan can rapidy pass the leaves over this fire, the proteciton by the banana trees tunks is noteworthy.

– The drying structure (Carijo) was done in the best way possible with lots of care for this one time. Also different from our other artesanal mates, this carijo is made completely out of tender green wood (in order to not catch fire) and can only be used once

– As other Artesanal Meta Mate, the leaves are of native origin, it is dried traditionally and we offer full transparency of costs and origins.

– If this sample is well received we will start a reforestation project to enable us to sustainably produce it.

We have not yet drunk this quality of Mate and not know if someone else in the last 30 years has produced mate in such a high quality.  Though this Mate is yet to reach our lips, our fellow Meta Materos in Brasil were raving about the  supreme quality and the strong smoked taste.

1kg of Organic Bio mate costs 14 Euro / kg for the end consumer. Please notice that such qualities are produced in facilities that make up to 30.000 Kgs a day. This Mate cost us 20 Euro / Kg to deliver in Berlin by air. We will keep 4 kgs for ourselves and would like to offer 15 kgs to be sold. To allow more people to try it, this is our suggestion:

5 Packs x 1 kgs for 42 Euro each
10 Packs x 1/2 kg a 23 Euro each
50 x 100 gr a 6 Euro each
Reserve how much you want by ordering now, and if you are not sure about the shipment option, or if you want to pick up here, just live the option empty and we can clarify later. For more details about it please see the more complete description in the following link.

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Since 2009 we produce our own mate and since then we have dreamed of having it produced the way the elders in Brazil say would be the best mate. Not dried by the hot air from a fire of Eucalyptus wood in an enclosed area as is normally done,  but directly above the flames from especially selected woods. We never came across someone who could do this until we met Sr. Emilio the teacher of the project Carijo which tries to rescue and document the old traditions of erva mate production.

In this Portuguese Video, Sr. Emilio explains wh he has not drunk Erva Mate in 25 years in protest against the declining quality of native Ervas where he lives. 

The care for details while producing the mate is demonstrated in the following photos.  One might notice, that the mate was produced by elders who have much knowledge about pre-industrial mate production.  We are working on a reforestation project in the area and hope to help the knowledge get passed onto younger generations in order to preserve this tradition of making mate.

Take advantage of our special offer and reserve your package of Carijo Meta Mate

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The Mate came from native trees in the region which had not been cut in some years.

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One can see from the photo that the trees are not as huge as the wild-growth ones used in traditional Meta Mate, but they are far from bushes!

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Yes, a tree did have to be felled to make this carijo possible, however, Sr. Emilio had official approvals to cut down this Pitangeira tree.

According to the elders the aromatic woods of Guabiroba and Pitangeira are the best to use for Mate drying. Unfortuantely these trees are very rare due to the amount of time needed to grow. Many have fallen victim to the transformation of forests into fields for the agro industry

According to the elders the aromatic woods of Guabiroba and Pitangeira are the best to use for Mate drying. Unfortuantely these trees are very rare due to the amount of time needed to grow. Many have fallen victim to the transformation of forests into fields for the agro industry

These days mate farmers are not allowed to process their mate, they deliver cut leaves to the industry to produce.

These days mate farmers are not allowed to process their mate, they deliver cut leaves to the industry to produce.

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The freshly cut mate leaves are first rapidly passed over flames to give them their flavour and stop the oxidization process

Only an experienced Mate maker like Sr. Emilio can manage to not burn the mate with such high flames form the banana trees

Just as coffee gets the taste by roastig, mate gets its flavour by rapid burning, sapeco, and normally amateurs are not supposed to do this part. Note the size of the flame used to pop the leaves and stop oxidation. Sr Emilio is protected from heat by banana tree trunks as the tradition recommends.

After the sapeco process the leaves and twigs are separated from the branches

After the sapeco process the leaves and twigs are separated from the branches

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This Carijo was built out of tender woods as was done in the past and will only be used one time.

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The mate is carefully placed on the carijo, and the firepits are below

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In the night-time, the fires below the carijo are lit, this carijo was done during the full moon in June

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A carijo was generally a time for many families to get together and stay up all night tending to the fire while drinking mate and making music. These community traditions are slowly fading away today with the industrialization of mate production

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At dawn after a night of tending the fire, the carijo comes to an end.

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This 200kg of leaves was reduced to about 40kg after the drying process, and 19kg of this blessed mate are coming to berlin

 

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The experienced hands that made this mate, are not so common anymore, as the younger generations do not have this knowledge.

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The mate is then broken into pieces using a wooden sword, traditionally as opposed to a plastic tarp, we heard that the leaves were wrapped in pieces of leather

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One final canchear by hand before milling the mate.

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From a long night of work, there are 5 sacks of this sacred mate.

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The mate is then pounded using an old wooden machine. It is very important that the mate does not come in contact with metal.

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As the traditions die, only the elders are left on the land to care for the old way of doing things, all the younger generations are moving to the cities in search of career or educational opportunities.

Additional information

Quantity

1 kg, 100g, 500g

2 reviews for Carijo Mate – UltiMATE limited edition

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ricardo Lorenz Junior

    Recebi hoje dia 07/07/2014 desta erva-mate, o perfume é algo surpreendente, o sabor é maravilhoso. Depois de beber muitos mates ainda preparei um chá com o restante da erva-mate que ficou na cuia.
    Experimentem.
    trad.:
    Heute habe ich an diesem Tag 2014.07.07 Yerba Mate ist etwas erstaunlich, Parfüm, der Geschmack ist wunderbar. Nach dem Trinken viele Kollegen bereit, auch einen Tee mit dem Rest des Yerba Mate, die in der Kürbis war.
    Probieren Sie es aus.
    Danke

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sergey Chuchkanov

    I can add a few words. Tried it once. The taste is soft, there is no bitterness, smoked like smoked sausage. The taste is very nice, I did not eat anything with this grade, did not want to lose the flavor of Erva in the mouth. After the first pouring there was quite palpable relaxation, after the second body was filled with pleasant warmth. About 20 minutes later I wanted something to do, and in such a positive mood I stayed approximately 5-6 hours. This is a really special sort of Erva, be sure to give it a try …

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