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Kraus’ history dates back to 1894, when Francis Kraus, a young Austrian, emigrated with his friends to Buenos Aires. There he married and settled his family in the territory of Misiones.
They had eight children, one of whom — Francisco José, the eldest, — started growing his first
yerba mate plants at the age of 13. At 21, Francisco José got married and together with his wife they bought their own land.
Kraus is today a small family business that produces and sales yerba mate and tea organic and fair trade certified, in Argentina and the world through its network of friend distributors. They cultivate and produce yerba mate and tea in Colonia Santo Domingo Savio, San Ignacio, Province of Misiones, Argentina.
Pronounced [yer-bah mah-teh] (or [sher-bah mah-teh] in
Rioplatense Spanish). Also known as Ilex paraguariensis, a holly plant natively grown in South America, paricularly in Northern Argentina, Paraguay and Southern Brazil (the term
erva mate is used there more often). Yerba mate is used to make a beverage known as
mate in Spanish, or
chimarrão in Portugese. Oftenly, the term yerba mate is used to describe not only a plant, but also a final product of grinding, drying and aging the plant.