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Perhaps the most economical way to enjoy your maté is to buy loose leaf yerba (2 oz., 4 oz. or 1 lb bags) and steep with a strainer, tea ball, French press, K-cup or coffee filter. Loose Leaf Yerba Maté works perfectly with all “Filter” type devices. It is the fastest and easiest way to enjoy your yerba. Once yerba is brewed, it can be served hot or cold
How to Prepare
Use one tablespoon of loose leaf yerba per serving. Depending on what you are using, heat water until it steams. Make the yerba the way you would any other loose leaf tea, or coffee bean. Use about 1 tbsp. per serving. No need to steep.
Serve hot in a mug or cold over ice. Get creative and sweeten the infusion and/or cut it with almond, soy or coconut milk.
This is a great way to use the loose leaf yerba and make a large quantity.
How to Prepare
Use one ounce (six tablespoons) of yerba to make a whole “coffee” pot. Brew as usual.
Can enjoy hot or cold. For a cold brew – Wait until the yerba reaches room temperature. Pour into a pitcher or another type of container, and place in the refrigerator. Sweeten with sugar if desired. This method makes a rather strong brew, so feel free to add ice cubes.
Have the delicious taste of yerba mate with the convenience of a tea bag!
How to Prepare
Place one of our tea bags in an eight ounce cup. Add hot water, steep for 2 minutes (can steep another couple of minutes if you want it stronger) and serve.
Drinking yerba mate with an actual mate gourd (cup) and bombilla (metal straw) brings drinking mate to a whole new level.
Traditionally, yerba mate tea is enjoyed out of a gourd, called a mate, in which it is prepared by scooping the dried yerba leaves into the mate . Then hot, but not boiling, water is poured in. It is then sipped through a metal straw, called a bomilla, which has holes in it to let the liquid come through but filters out the leaves. The “mate” is traditionally made out of a natural gourd such as calabash. Today there are a variety of mate (cups) even glass, metal, stainless steel or silver.
To "cure" or not to "cure" your mate gourd
Curing the gourd makes the gourd more durable and water resistant. This also helps it become more resistible to cracks and fissures. There is much dispute over whether it is useful to "cure" your gourd or if it just naturally occurs over time. Either way, you will always want to dry your gourd over night. Dump out the used yerba leaves, rinse out, and then leave upright for the gourd to dry. Not doing this important step, leaves the gourd open to mold.
If you are interested in curing the gourd, do these easy steps.
1. Fill the gourd with used ground coffee.
2. Leave the grounds in the gourd for 24 hours.
3. Rinse out the grounds and leave upright to dry.
4. Once dry, it is ready for use. You do not have to do this again.
How to Prepare
Heating Your Water
Use filtered water as much as possible.
Heat until water steams butdoes not boil. Any water that is too hot will “wash” the tea leaves and make for a very weak tea after a few servings.
Pour hot water into a thermos for consistent water temperature and allows for a “narrow stream” to be poured out.
Sweeten Water (if you choose) add your stevia, honey or other product to the thermos
(You’ll find all these authentic mate items in our shop)
Filling Your Mate
Fill the mate with loose leaf yerba leaves about ¾ of the way full
Put your palm over the opening and shake so that the leaves mix well
Turn the mate right side up
Adding Water to Your Mate
Add a little room temperature water to one side of the mate
Once that is done, push the bombilla in
The bottom of the bombilla should touch the bottom of the mate cup
Fill mate with hot water
Now you are ready to "sip" through the bombilla
Now you can feel why yerba mate is called “The Gift of the Gods.”
If you still have questions, or want to learn more, please watch our video below:
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