Moida Fina Artisan is a rich smokey Yerba Mate with a melodious note made by a family of Italian descent.
This erva is produced near Palmera das Missioes, the former Brazilian capital of Mate, and dried in a unique way invented by Mr. Tolloti, a musician of Italian origin living in Boi Preto (Black Ox). Tolloti's creation, nicknamed the Forno (oven) - hence the name Tolloti's Forno - is a cross between a barbaqua and carijo.
Although he uses common woods to dry Mate from leaves collected in the region, Tolloti's special sapeco and drying techniques and his native Palmeira hands, impregnate this erva with a rich smokey character, a silky cut and is one of the finest tasting Yerba Mates that Meta Mate have had.
Palmeira was renowned for having the best mate in the Pampas before the Brazilian Mate industry in the 1980's started to import cheaper mate saplings from Argentina, which affected the taste of the native erva. Adhering to tradition, Mr. Tolloti also pounds the erva on a wooden "Soque" Pounding Mill connected on a water wheel turned by the river. He is very particular about the sapeco of his erva and only him and his father are allowed to handle the mate leaves with fire. Tolloti belongs to a handful of mate harvesters who are still producing mate using traditional techniques. Tolloti's Erva is a finely ground, rich, unique and complex drink for those who like it smoked.