Yerba Mate

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Yerba maté Tea
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Earth, Grass, Herbaceous, Tannic, Musty, Wood
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190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 45 sec

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In South America, yerba mate has been revered for centuries as the “drink of the gods” and is drunk daily for optimum health, sustained energy and mental clarity. Of the six commonly used stimulants in the world: yerba mate, coffee, tea, kola nut, cocoa, and guarana, yerba mate triumphs as natures most balanced stimulant, delivering both energy and nutrition. The leaves of the rainforest mate tree naturally contain 24 vitamins and minerals, 15 amino acids, abundant antioxidants. In fact, The Pasteur Institute and the Paris Scientific society in 1964 concluded “it is difficult to find a plant in any area of the world equal to mate in nutritional value” and that yerba mate contains "practically all of the vitamins necessary to sustain life.

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867 tasting notes

So I bought a gourd and a bombilla with my birthday money. I’ve wanted one for a while but just never actually got one until now. I must say it takes practice to make it right so the leaves don’t come up through the straw. I’ve been drinking mate in it for the past couple days and I’m addicted. I feel cool :] and I feel like it tastes better. Though that part might just be in my head.

Terri HarpLady

:D I almost bought a gourd while I was visiting my folks. We went to the natural food store, & there they were, with their little straw. I stood there reading the instructions for making Mate in it. There was something about it that seemed to complex for me at the moment, so I didn’t buy it. yet.


It’s actually pretty easy once you figure it out. Guayaki has a silly video explaining it. I found it addicting :]

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550 tasting notes

Remember when my tea notes used to have every other one being this yerba mate or another flavored yerba mate? I do and I am not used to drinking it anymore.

I made this with a four minute steep, a good splash of honey, and some microwaved steamed vanilla almond milk. I left out the honey additionally, but I found it a little bitter. Once it is cooled down enough to actually drink, it is good. I wish I could have left out the honey, but I was feeling like a sweetened latte. I couldn’t get a good foam with my almond milk this time, but I don’t have a tool to actually froth or foam my milk with.

It still stands that I would like a goard and bombilla set to try this with. I think it would taste better. And I could use the bombilla with my mug steeped oolongs as well so I don’t feel strange trying not to drink a tea leaf.

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713 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 1 teabag
Water: 8 ounces hot spigot water
Steep Time: a little over 5 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: Wood, paper, green tea
Steeped Tea Smell: woody green tea
Flavor: woody green tea, a bit bitter and a bit astringent
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: bitter
Liquor: translucent yellow-brown honey colored

Gift from a co-worker who tried the Yerba Mate and found it to have too much caffeine. I enjoy being the crazy tea lady of the office.

So far I find mate to taste very much like a green tea.


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Hooray for being the crazy tea lady of the office!


much better to drink homeless tea than to find home for kittens!


(speaking of cats, omg mom just got a new adopted 8 year old black Halloween cat, so pretty!)


Good for her. I’m always happy when I hear about black cats getting adopted because they are the least adoptable of all colors. Same with older kitties, too.

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Recently, I discovered a drink that I ADORE at the Philz on my walk to work. However, when I go there, I end up spending like $6 or more because I have no self control and get a vegan cookie, as well. Well, since I’m on a money AND food diet, I decided to buy a bag of these yerba mate bags, even though $5 for 25 seemed a little steep. Now, at Philz, I had them add a little soy milk and fresh mint, so I was trying to accomplish the same at home… SO, I mixed 40 oz of water with 4 yerba mate tea bags and 2 Trader Joe’s Mint Melange tea bags, then added some vanilla soy until my pot was about full (maybe a cup?)

PERFECT! Exactly what I was looking for. Too bad the tea bags are $5 for 25 and I’ve already used 6 bags since I bought them last night….

On a side note, does anybody know why there is a huge warning on the mate bag to NOT DRINK IT OVER 150 DEGREES?? :)

No rating, since I mixed it with another tea.

150 °F / 65 °C 5 min, 0 sec

they say that drinking too much Mate can give you cancer… (but they say the same thing about coffee/alcohol and everyone drinks that heh)
I suspect it’s because the scalding water burns your throat and THAT is what increases the cancer risk. Since that is how it was traditionally prepared in the mate gourds etc

Madeline Alyce

Oh my goodness, I swear EVERYTHING gives us cancer now! I don’t like super hot drinks and 150 is almost too COLD for tea. I wonder if the coffee place uses less hot water, or if they just use boiling for everything…..


I had the same question, and it’s no dangerous to drink above 150, but they say that, " you want the temperature of your water no hotter than 150 degrees F, otherwise it can burn the leaves" Hope this helps

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I had to bump this down… I used up the rest of the yerba mate, but it isn’t as great as it used to be for me. The flavor was just meh. Plus, it reminded me of my surgical rotation, which was horrible. I also think that my palate has been spoiled by the yummy teas I’ve tried! :)

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58 tasting notes

I am certainly getting that “earthy” quality others have mentioned. This is my first time trying mate… had to even ask how it was pronounced. I am feeling somewhat more energized, which is definitely a good thing as I am currently at work and have another 2 and a half hours to go till this shift is through! Some days midnight cannot come soon enough. :)

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58 tasting notes

I have some serious a$$-kicking work to do today, so I thought it was time to bust this out again. My pack is a couple of years old—-I originally had it sitting in my desk at the library at which I used to work, when I was trying different ways of waking myself up in the morning.

At any rate, despite it being a couple of years old, this mate actually lasts really, really well. It doesn’t taste at all old or musty, and while a 5-minute steep may seem a little long, it’s really not much at all (especially considering that I usually am all about strong black teas).

Totally brilliant, I am very awake and focused, just as I need to be. Now, after having written this review, back to work with me—-as mentioned earlier, I’ve got a lot to do today. :)

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Wiseman Tea Co.

you may like this, its a blend of fresh and roasted mate. I think guyaki is just roasted, or just fresh i cannot remember.


I love teas that can push me up into ass-kicking gear.


@Wiseman Tea Company : Oooh, that looks promising! I’ve added it to my shopping list, thanks for telling me about it. :)

@takgoti ME TOO. Actually, my usual “first cuppa,” Yorkshire Tea, is pretty good at that too. It’s just not quite as immediate as this yerba mate is. :)

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Was a little hesitant to drink this because I had heard somewhere it was a potential carcinogen, but did a little research after my partner brought a bag home. Reminds me of nettles.

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I’ve looked into the carcinogen research, and it was done on folks who drink it culturally (i.e. A LOT). I don’t think that a cup here and there is harmful.


I also saw that the test group also used tobacco regularly so the test wasn’t very isolated.


And alcohol… and the products were almost all homemade, so they couldn’t really account for the effects of tobacco and alcohol properly, because they didn’t know how much was used.

It was an observational study, so really just said “this group of people tends to have these types of cancers”.

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I love Guayaki’s products and their traditional maté is one of the best I’ve had. Why? It doesn’t taste like only dirt and grass like some brands. If you have it in a bag, it’s great steeped not too long. But this is best served traditionally in a gourd.

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That’s awesome. You steep it in a bag like tea, huh? Good idea.


Yeah, the one at my house already comes in tea bags.

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Special remedy for a slight cold?
A pot of Yerba Mate.
Learned how effective YM was when I was really into Matevana from Teavana…
but hey, the plain stuff is just as effective.
In any case, yeah, I got a sore throat, and I’m a little phlegmy. But when I got my mate, I’m just phlegmy.

Sorry about never actually following through on my previous posts about the iced teas…
Here’s the story:
They all turned out awesome.
I’ll post about them in a sec.

Oh, and I was the only one that brought anything to the potluck.

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