I love tea.
But we cannot forget the other beverages made from brewing leaves in water. They have special meaning in the cultures of other countries and have their own practices, tastes and customs.
One such brew is Yerba Mate.
Yerba Mate is an infusion made from the leaves of the Yerba Mate plant, native to Argentina.
There; Mate is to Argentina, as Coffee is to America.
It is the drink of hospitality and friendship. Connections are made over Mate, which is prepared in a hollowed out vegetable gourd. A straw (bombilla) with a strainer in it is then used to drink the infusion.
Usually it is made with water about as hot as you would make for a light green tea (170 f).
Mate is my morning drink of choice.
The caffeine is enough to get me going, but not enough to crash later.
This is because the specific caffeine found in Mate affects the muscles instead of the nervous system.
I make my Mate in a drip coffee brewer, which is easier and faster. When I am feeling traditional I will use the gourd.
I will be doing write ups of different Mates once in a while to spice up the blog, because Mate is just like another tea in my view.
Does anyone else drink Mate?
Da Yu Ling, winter 2015
15 hours ago