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