2-3 TB for a gourd, 1 packet stevia (equals 2 tsp sugar)
New batch — ai! David, what happened?? This is all bitter and harsh, and even extra stevia ain’t helping. My darling Jumpy Monkey has jumped away? Oooohh, it pains me, but I gotta haul the rating wayyyy down here.
1 TB for 450mL water, steeped 8 minutes and counting. Rating: 90.
I usually drink this one from a gourd, but that can get very rich and a bit sweet. Today I made it as a tisane. Earthy and sweet and packing a slow-burn buzz, Jumpy Monkey does it again. There’s no one ingredient that makes this blend so good; it’s all of them together. Really different and well worth a try.
2 TB for 125 mL gourd, 1 tsp white sugar.
Oooh ohhh ah ah ah!
This tisane is so uttterly unique, and such a refreshing change from tea. I LOVE tea, but this coffee-laced mate, which I also love, renews my palate for tea. And it delivers sweeter, cleaner and steadier buzz than just coffee when sipped from a gourd.
2-3 TB in 125mL gourd, 1/2-1 packet stevia, 125 mL steaming (not boiling) water.
Sweet yet ‘green.’ Some coffee flavour, some white chocolate, some cloves. Really pleasant and mellow green mate taste amongst it all. Medium body and slightly creamy mouthfeel when sipped through a bombilla, versus a definitely thin body and sharp mouthfeel when drunk as a tisane. Good for 3-4 infusions. Can be quite potent. A good friend when fighting deadlines. Yerba mate does not affect my sleep hours after the fact, something I really like. Dregs in the gourd look like the bottom of a bog, but that’s okay — everyone else is scared to drink it. More for me!
I try never to run out of this one. I’ve asked for a big 250g bag as a Christmas present.
2 TB for a 125mL gourd, + 2 tsp white sugar.
I’ve posted on the taste and potency of this tisane many times — I really, really like it. Today I added sugar for the first time, having just run out of stevia. Interestingly, I find the white sugar coaxed out a bit more spiciness form the cloves and a bit more vegetal green-ness from the mate. Not a major difference, but certaily noticeable. And really nice.
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.
Very potent when drunk from a gourd and bombilla. Good for at least four infusions. I like it mich better this way then brewed as a tisane.