In its traditional version, Yerba is hot and bitter. This is the best form to delight in its unique flavour and tap into its wonderful properties.
Even though Yerba Mate is truly versatile, thanks to the varied ways in which it can be drunk and its several health benefits, its classical version is still hot and bitter. This is Argentina’s favourite way of having Mate, and there is a reason why this country is the world’s leading producer of Yerba Mate, as well as one the main consumers: 8 out of 10 Argentinians drink Mate.
This drink is Yerba Mate leaves-based, and these leaves have always gone through a drying and grinding process which gives them their distinctive bitter taste. In Argentina and other Mate-drinking countries, water used for the drink is normally hot – though not boiling – and the original bitter taste of Yerba Mate is conserved. Nevertheless, there are several options to customise it according to your taste.
🗸Hot water is ideal as it intensifies all the virtues of Yerba Mate. This is due to the fact that it increases the solubility of its elements. It is recommendable to keep the water in a thermos so it keeps its perfect temperature.
✗ The water must not boil, since the solubility goes up so much that every element is extracted in very few rounds and the Yerba could quickly lose its taste.
🗸 Pour the water gradually, always around the same place.
✗ Pay attention not to soak all the content – this way, you will be albeit to enjoy the long lasting flavour of Yerba Mate.
🗸 Even though the traditional Mate infusion is bitter, some would rather sweeten it with a bit of sugar at the top. Besides, you can add more flavour by putting a few dried orange, lemon or grapefruit peels, or leaves like mint, melissa and lemon verbena.
✗ The bombilla must ideally stay in the same place, so that the flavour of Mate remains intact.
🗸 At the beginning, it is advisable to take continuous sips.
✗ Do not take too long to drink your Mate, as it will cool down. Apart from this, you should always take all the water in the container before pouring more.
In spite of the fact that this is the most habitual way of drinking Yerba Mate, there is always the possibility to add a personal touch! Apart from traditional Yerba with or with no stems, there is also fruit flavoured Yerba and even Yerba with extra Mateine to begin your day full of energy. Moreover, apart from its traditional packaging, Yerba Mate also comes in tea bags that are prepared just like tea. On hot summer days, you can also delight in a tasty “tereré” (cold Mate). Therefore, there is no excuse not to make use of all the great properties of Yerba Mate!