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    Yerba Mate - Any other mate drinkers in the crowd?

    Here's a little something to know about me...

    I spent a year in Argentina in 1970 for my senior year of high school and I acquired a taste for a number of things there that aren't common here where I live now in the USA.

    One of them is tonic water - by itself - as a soft drink. It's consumed as a soft drink there, under the brand name Paso de los Toros (or at least it was, back then).

    Another is something called dulce de leche. You may have heard of it by now, since it has become fashionable to market things like ice cream laced with caramel and calling them "dulce de leche" flavored (even though it's not quite the same).

    And the point of this message is something called mate, pronounced mah-tay, with the emphasis on the first syllable. It's sort of like a tea, and you can find it sold in stores here in the USA in tea bags.

    However, the traditional way to drink it is in a small cup that is also often called a mate, with loose yerba mate (yerba mate is the actual tea-like dried plant product, sort of like loose tea). It is consumed through a metal straw with a strainer on the end that you place in the bottom of the mate (cup), with boiling water poured over the loose tea, in the mate (cup). The straw is called a bombilla, but the way that most Argentinians pronounce their Spanish, it is pronounced bom-bee-zhah.

    You let it steep for a moment, and then you sip it through the straw. You can re-use the yerba mate in the mate cup several times by pouring more boiling water over it, until it begins to lose its flavor.

    It's a very strong flavor, and some people drink it with sugar, milk, or both. I like it fine all by itself.

    Here's a site that talks more about this mate drinking: How to use a yerba mate bombilla (straw) - Circle of Drink

    If you like strong tea, you owe it to yourself to try mate sometime!

    And now you know a little something about me!

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    Re: Yerba Mate - Any other mate drinkers in the crowd?

    Thanks for sharing Tim. I am a tea drinker. I'll have to try it.
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    Re: Yerba Mate - Any other mate drinkers in the crowd?

    Hey Tim, cool to get more personal with members here!

    I drink Matte sometimes. Supposed to have all kinds of health benefits. But then my daughter said there was a health warning about it at one time too, so research.

    I like to drink Morning Thunder for more of a caffeine kick sometimes. Matte and black tea.

    If anyone is trying to get off coffee but still craves the taste - Roasted Dandelion Root tea tastes really close and no caffeine.

    I used to be hooked on instant coffee. Have never brewed it, just liked instant. So I finally got off of it with that Dandelion tea. But then ended up going to black tea, which has almost as much caffeine anyway.
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    Re: Yerba Mate - Any other mate drinkers in the crowd?

    Hi Tim,

    Thanks for sharing! I have been drinking Yerba Mate for several years now. I love the stuff!! One of my fave things to drink.

    I have always been aware of the traditional method to drink it but (with the bombilla) but I have never actually tried to that way.

    This will inspire me to do so. Thank you!

    Speaking of teas, I am also a huge fan of green tea, Oolong and my fave is Pu-erh
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    Re: Yerba Mate - Any other mate drinkers in the crowd?

    Quote Originally Posted by Colan Nielsen View Post
    ...Thanks for sharing! I have been drinking Yerba Mate for several years now. I love the stuff!!...
    Thanks, Colin. I always knew that there was something that I admired about you.

    Quote Originally Posted by Colan Nielsen View Post
    ...I have always been aware of the traditional method to drink it but (with the bombilla) but I have never actually tried to that way...This will inspire me to do so...
    Let us know how you like it that way. It's a bit more work/frittering, but I like it better that way, probably partly for sentimental reasons.

    I also drink coffee a lot. And for teas, I also like Celestial Seasonings' Red Zinger and after reading Linda B's response, I'll have to try their Morning Thunder.

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    Re: Yerba Mate - Any other mate drinkers in the crowd?

    Quote Originally Posted by Colan Nielsen View Post
    I have always been aware of the traditional method to drink it but (with the bombilla) but I have never actually tried to that way.
    Meant to mention Tim, I had never seen or heard about the bombilla before.
    Straw with a tea filter built in. Brilliant idea. Wonder why it is not used much in US.
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    Re: Yerba Mate - Any other mate drinkers in the crowd?

    Quote Originally Posted by Linda Buquet View Post
    ...Straw with a tea filter built in. Brilliant idea. Wonder why it is not used much in US.
    Dunno. It's a little fussy to work with, but I like it. Again, that may be partly for sentimental reasons, in my case, since that's what my Argentinian host family did when I lived with them as a high school exchange student for that year.

    By the way, for those following along at home, you can buy all the supplies for this (the yerba mate, the bombillas - in a variety of strainer styles, and the mate cups/gourds) on Amazon. Of course.

    Incidentally, I just use a coffee mug most of the time, with a bombilla, rather than a real mate cup made from a gourd or from "palo santo". It seems more hygienic to me to use a non-permeable surface like a ceramic cup instead of a porous material like a gourd or wood. However, they've been using gourds and wooden mate cups for hundreds of years, so I'm probably over-thinking that issue.

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    Re: Yerba Mate - Any other mate drinkers in the crowd?

    We actually have one of those mate straws! Might not be common in most of the US, but for anyone that's seen Portlandia, you know that there's all kinds of things that get to be popular over here that you don't see much elsewhere.

    Mate's good, but I tend to just drink medicinal teas... I don't care as much about taste, so... you know. Plenty of Oat straw, lots of nettle, ashwaganda, Rishi mushroom and Elder berry if I'm getting sick, that sort of thing. It's all good though, we all have the plants that call to us I think.

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    Re: Yerba Mate - Any other mate drinkers in the crowd?

    Quote Originally Posted by Linda Buquet View Post
    ...I like to drink Morning Thunder for more of a caffeine kick sometimes. Matte and black tea...
    I've been meaning to tell you Linda that I have begun to drink mate made with boiling hot coffee instead of boiling hot water, inspired by your mention of that "Morning Thunder" mate-and-tea mixture.

    I like it! I think it needs a name, so I've decided to build upon the brand that you mentioned and call it, "Thundering Herd". It's got quite a caffeine wallop, so that name seems well suited for it.

    Thanks for inspiring my new invention!

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