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Green Yerba Mate

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Yerba maté Tea
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Edit tea info Last updated by Cait
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190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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  • “My first yerba mate! And I like it! The dry leaves smell very much like _something_, but I can't for the life of me figure out what. The brewed tea also has a very familiar yet unnamable scent. ...” Read full tasting note
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Mate (pronounced mah-tay) is made by brewing the dry leaves of the Yerba Mate tree, a small evergreen that is a member of the Holly family. The tree is native to the subtropical highlands of Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Argentina, and it is in those countries that the majority of Yerba Mate is consumed. It has a vegetative character similar to green tea. Contrary to some popular reports, mate does contain caffeine, although many people report that they tolerate mate better than other caffeine-containing beverages. Use approximately 1-2 tablespoons per 3-cup pot and brew in steaming (not boiling) water for about 3 minutes.

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My first yerba mate! And I like it!

The dry leaves smell very much like something, but I can’t for the life of me figure out what. The brewed tea also has a very familiar yet unnamable scent. Argh! But perhaps I’ll be able to remember for the next cup, after the caffeine in here kicks in, or the mateine, or whatever it is — it smells like caffeine, anyway. And also like something a bit burnt.

Oddly, it tastes very sweet! I was not expecting that, and it’s somewhat odd to pick up the mug and smell cinder while sipping sugar. There is an ashy aftertaste, but not at all in a bad way. It’s tasty!

I wonder how many infusions these leaves are good for?

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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