Drinking Yerba Mate Conventionally

When mate (pronounced maté) is prepared conventionally, the final product is called "mate cocido" (cooked mate). So let's have a look at how to make mate cocido using tools you probably already have in your kitchen...

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Plunger (French press) or tea pot

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You will need...

  • 1x coffee plunger or tea pot
  • Some tea cups
  • Loose yerba mate (1-2 heaped table spoons for each cup)
  • Hot water (about 75°C / 167°F) - water temperature should be lower than boiling temperature
  • Sugar or honey (optional)
  • Friends (recommended)
  1. Invite anyone in sight to join you for some mate
  2. Rinse your plunger with hot water briefly. This warms the plunger so not to cool your yerba mate brew.
  3. Add 2 heaped tbl spoons loose yerba mate to the plunger/pot for each cup. If you prefer a lighter brew, just use 1 heaped table spoon per cup. 
  4. Using a cup as a measure, add 1 cup (approx. 250ml) of hot water to the plunger/pot for each person invited.
  5. Allow to brew for 2 minutes (no longer than 3 minutes).
  6. Strain into tea cups. If you are really good at this, you would also have rinsed the tea cups with hot water first.
  7. Add honey or sugar if you want to.
  8. You can reuse the yerba mate for another brew or simply discard into the garden for compost.

Add a twist:

if you have any fresh citrus fruits around, use a zester or grater and add a few bits of citrus zest to the brew. Did you know that the peel of citrus fruits contains about twice as much vitamin C as the flesh? Grapefruit zest works particularly well with yerba mate. If you do not have a zester, you can use a potato peeler or a fine grater, but make sure you only peel fine bits of zest off. Try not to get any of the "white" under the peel involved. 



With a coffee maker 

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You will need...

  • 1x coffee maker
  • Some tea cups 
  • Loose yerba mate (2-3 heaped table spoons for each cup)
  • Cold water (room temperature or lower)
  • Sugar or honey (optional)
  • Friends (recommended)

 

  1. Add 2-3 heaped table spoons loose yerba mate per cup, to the filter basket. If you like a weaker brew, add only 1-2 heaped table spoons per cup. The coffee maker has now become a mate maker.
  2. Soak the yerba mate in the filter basket with about ½ a cup of cold water. This is done in order to protect the nutrients in the leaves from the boiling water your mate maker will use.  
  3. Switch on the machine and let it do its thing.
  4. When the brewing is done, serve into cups and add honey, sugar or other sweeteners if desired.
  5. If you like your mate strong, you can remove the pot and replace with a cup, then pour the yerba mate brew back through the filter basket and into the cup which you had placed below. When you are done, discard of the used yerba mate into the garden or compost heap.
  6. Optional: if it is hot outside you can pour the hot yerba mate brew into a glass filled with ice - instant iced mate.

Add some mint:

If you have some fresh mint growing in the garden, add some to your brew, or even let it sit in your tea cup as a consumable garnish. Drinking mint tea helps cool the body on hot summer days and it is a good digestive. 






 With a tea infuser

        

 

 

 

You will need...

  • One or more tea infusers
  • Some tea cups 
  • Loose yerba mate 
  • Hot water (about 75°C / 167°F) - water temperature should be lower than boiling temperature
  • Sugar or honey (optional)
  • Friends (recommended)
  1. Fill your tea infuser with loose yerba mate. It has now become a mate infuser.
  2. Fill your tea cup with the hot water.
  3. Drop the mate infuser into the tea cup and allow to brew for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Remove the mate infuser and enjoy your mate brew.

 

 

 

 

 

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