Yerba Mate Leaves
Types and flavor varieties of yerba mate
Depending on the composition of yerba mate, used additives and brewing methods, the following divisions and types of yerba are distinguished:
- despalada, or yerba made of only leaves, no stalks (no sticks)
- cocido, or yerba mate in sachets
- yerba mate compuesta, or yerba with additives (eg yerba mate mint, yerba mate with guarana)
- tereré, or yerba mate cold brewed
- yerba mate dried with air or smoke from the hearth
- strong or weak yerba mate - the strength of the infusion depends on the type of herb and the length of brewing
- Paraguayan, Argentinean, Uruguayan or Brazilian yerba mate
How to brew yerba mate
The taste of yerba mate depends primarily on the type and amount of dried fruit. Even the finest yerba mate can be heavy and overwhelming if the wrong amount of herbs is used. The amount of yerba we put into the gourd depends solely on individual taste preferences. Yerba mate for beginners should be brewed with 2-3 teaspoons of dried fruit, while long-term gourmets of the infusion usually pour about 50-70% of its volume into the pot.
Brewing yerba step by step:
- First, pour the right amount of dried material into the material.
- A vessel covered with a hand, then shake it several times. In this way, the dust will settle to the bottom, under the larger elements of the drought.
- After gentle shaking, slowly return the vessel to the vertical position. When it is at an angle of 45 degrees, put a bombilla in the free space between the drought and the wall. Note: do not mix the dried seeds with the bombilla!
- Pour dry water with a temperature of 70-80 ° C.
- Brew the infusion for 3 to 5 minutes. The longer you brew, the stronger the flavor.
- How to drink yerba mate? We drink the infusion through the bombilla. And pour water over one portion of dried fruit several times.
- Sweetening of yerba mate is not used in a traditional recipe, although of course people who like sweet drinks can add sugar to yerba.
How to brew yerba mate in a mug in sachets?
Pour cocido, or yerba in sachets with water at 85 ° C. and wait for 3 to 5 minutes. Drinking yerba mate express is usually practiced when traveling or when we lack the necessary accessories.
How many times a day can you drink yerba mate?
People begin not more than once a day, preferably in the morning or before noon, so that the body can slowly get used to the effects of the drink. People who are familiar with yerba can drink it up to several times a day, just like coffee.
Tereré - what is it? How to prepare?
Tereré is cold brewed yerba mate. This technique was developed in pre-Columbian times by the Guarani Indians. They were helped by the extremely hot and humid summers, which even begged for refreshment. Tereré is still extremely popular in South America, and especially in Paraguay. The temperature of the cold yerba mate water should be between 1 and 5 ° C.
Cold preparation of yerba mate is extremely simple:
- Pour a portion of your favorite dried material into the matero.
- Pour dry with cold water (1-5 ° C).
- Add ice cubes (optional).
- Put the matero on for a minimum of 7 minutes. - Tereré needs more time to release its properties from traditional yerba mate.
- We catch a bombilla and enjoy the taste of real Paraguayan tereré.
Necessary accessories, or how to start your adventure with yerba mate
Novices who want to start their adventure with Paraguay Holly infusion should start by collecting a few necessary accessories. They are mainly:
- Matero, a suitable vessel for brewing yerba
- Bombilla, a special straw
- Packaging of the selected dried fruit
Yerba mate can also be made in a yerba mate infuser or in a yerbomosa. However, these are not mandatory components of the beginner's kit.
Yerba mate in our store
Our offer includes many reputable dried brands, from which you can prepare high-quality yerba mate. The most important of them are listed below.
Yerba Mate Pajarito
A classic yerba mate from the south-eastern part of Paraguay. Valued for its intense flavor and strong stimulating properties.
Yerba Mate Green
High-quality yerba mate based on selected Brazilian herbs without the addition of dust. Softer than Argentine and Paraguayan yerba, it will be perfect as a tereré.
Verde Mate is a mild-tasting dried fruit from the semi-wild areas of the Brazilian state of Parana. Unlike other yerb, hot air is used for drying it, thanks to which it retains its plant aroma and deep green color.
Yerba Mate Amanda Especial
Yerba comes from an Argentinian plantation founded by Polish emigrant Jan Szychowski at the beginning of the last century. Delicate and subtle in taste, unchanged for over 90 years.
Yerba Mate Cruz de Malta Elaborada
Top-class yerba mate imported from Argentina, characterized by a deep and timeless taste. It enjoys the best opinions of experts and lovers of the drink.
Yerba Mate Taragui Energia
The strongest variety of yerba mate with a 90-year tradition. Grown on organic plantations in Las Marias, Argentina.
Yerba Mate CBSe Energia Guarana
Argentinian yerba mate with the addition of guarana and herbs. It is an original flavor composition based on a combination of sweets with spicy accents.
We invite you to familiarize yourself with the offer and prices of yerba mate on our website.