2-3TB for 125mL gourd, for a somewhat authentic packed mate, OR 1 TB for 450mL water, for a thin tisane.

Backlogging after a really bad batch …

I let DavidsTea know I had a bag that tasted bitter, sour, stale, and just plain offm and they replaced it. I’m talking the great big 250g / half-pound bag. This one’s fine, back to what Jumpy Monkey should be.

In a gourd, which is how I prefer it: INTENSE. Very vegetal, in its mate way, with clove and white chocolate flavours, plus decent coffee bean flavours and scents. The 2-3TB are good for at least four infusions. Powerul and potent sippin. Can and sometimes does replace coffee for me.

Brewed as a tisane, the flavours are not as bold, unsurprisingly, but they are more thirst-quenching. The taste can get a bit thin and sharp.

I don’t use boiling water on mate. Maybe about 93 degrees.

200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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I prefer straight teas but will try almost anything … so long as it’s not tainted with hibiscus. I loathe hibiscus.

Floral oolong and complex black teas are my favourites.


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