Yerba Mate (Roasted)
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Yerba Mate tastes like a tea and hits you like a coffee — and yet, it’s technically neither. If you’re looking for a boost of energy that doesn’t come from an espresso bean, look no further than this South American super-beverage made of the steeped leaves and twigs of an indigenous plant, which has been providing locals with a natural pick-me-up for centuries. Our Roasted Yerba Mate is a less common version of Yerba Mate, grown at a 100% organic sustainable farm in Southern Brazil. The leaves are gently roasted until they darken and develop a rich, roasted flavor profile.
FLAVOR PROFILE: Toasty, smooth, and full-bodied with light cocoa notes and caramel undertones.
Traditional Brewing Method
Every tea is different and can be brewed in different ways. It is not necessary to brew Yerba Mate in the traditional style. It is only one option. Steeping time may vary based on your personal taste or on how many infusions have already been done. Experiment with the brewing of your tea to discover its unique character and your personal preference for taste.
The Mate Gourd and Bombilla (straw) are traditional vessels used for enjoying Yerba Mate. The gourd is filled three-quarters full with the leaves and after adding water, the brew is enjoyed by sipping through the bombilla.
Tea Pot, French Press, or Infuser Methods
A regular teapot or a French press are both perfect for brewing Roasted Matte. Add a tablespoon or two of loose Matte per 3-cup teapot add freshly boiled water, and let steep for about 3 minutes. Then, simply strain, plunge the press, or remove your infuser, and serve.
Single Serve Strainer
If you don’t plan on drink Yerba Mate all day long, you can brew yourself a single serve of tea. Steep half an ounce of yerba mate in a cup strainer and poor hot water over. Steep it in hot water for about 3 minutes and enjoy.
You can also take advantage of the convenience of tea bags to brew yourself a Yerba mate. Add one tea bag in an eight ounce cup. Add hot water and serve.
Iced Yerba Mate
If you like it cold and strong, add about 3-4 tablespoons of mate in a coffee pot. Add 10-12 cups of water and brew it. Then pour the freshly brewed tea over the existing yerba mate leaves to prepare a stronger concoction. Pour it into a pitcher, add about 10 ice cubes to it and sweeten with sugar or honey if desired. Enjoy!
Now that you know how to make Yerba Mate the tradional and non-traditional way, enjoy your cup of this healthy brew hot or cold, and with or without flavors and sweeteners.
Organic: roasted yerba mate (Ilex paraguariensis)
Brew Color and Time:
Yellow. 3-4 minutes