Brewing loose yerba mate is easy and delicious!

Whether you're brewing loose yerba mate in a French press, steeping yerba mate tea bags, or sipping yerba mate with a tea straw, follow these simple steps to make delicious yerba mate every time:

  1. Moisten yerba mate with cool water before brewing.
  2. Use hot but not boiling water - 170F is ideal.
  3. Steep for five minutes. 

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In all honesty, we prefer brewing loose yerba mate at ECOTEAS. Simply add a tablespoon of yerba mate per cup of hot water. Percolators, French presses, espresso makers, strainers, and traditional yerba mate tea straws all work great. Try adding other herbs for additional flavors and benefits!

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The Traditional Yerba Mate Sharing Circle

Once you get the hang of brewing yerba mate, chances are you'll grow curious about the authentic South American yerba mate experience. In order to share a yerba mate gourd with a circle of friends and family, you'll need a thermos or pitcher, some loose yerba mate, a tea straw, and a yerba mate drinking gourd.

  1. Fill a thermos or pitcher with hot (but not boiling) water.
  2. Next, fill a cured gourd about ⅔ with loose yerba mate.
  3. Tap the yerba mate to one side of the gourd to create a “little mountain” and a “little valley” inside.
  4. Moisten the “little valley” of yerba mate with cool water. Just a splash. Don’t flood the “little mountain.”
  5. Gently insert the filter tip of the tea straw into the “little valley.”
  6. Pour hot water into the “little valley” about halfway up the gourd, still keeping the tip of the “little mountain” dry.
  7. Sip this first pour right away. Make sure the tea straw is flowing well. Make sure the water is the right temperature. Drink until there is no more water left in the gourd.
  8. Now you are ready to pour sips for the friends and family in your yerba mate circle. Each person receives a half-full gourd. They sip right away, drinking all of the tea until the straw gurgles. Then they pass the gourd back to the pourer for refilling.
  9. Traditionally, only one person does all the pouring for the group. This person is called the “cebador.” She will keep pouring for each person in turn until the hot water runs out or the herb runs out of flavor, then replace them as needed.
  10. Avoid touching the straw! Stirring makes all the herb steep at once, and it can also make the straw clog. One of the cebador’s most difficult jobs is to gracefully discourage newcomers to the yerba mate circle from touching the straw.
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      Sharing Tereré, A Tropical Yerba Mate Treat

      Tereré is another authentic yerba mate experience that you may have heard about. Basically, tereré is an ice-cold variation of the yerba mate circle. Tereré is very popular in tropical South America, especially after siesta.

      Tereré is incredibly refreshing. Here's how to make it:

      1. Fill a pitcher with water and ice.
      2. Stir in some fresh lime juice and sweetener to taste.
      3. Fill a small metal or glass cup with loose yerba mate.
      4. Insert a tea straw to the bottom of the cup.
      5. Pour, share, sip, repeat.

       

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