Roasted Mate
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Roasted Mate
This version of Yerba Mate is both chopped and roasted. This Brazilian Yerba Mate consists of small leaves that are a dark brown color and smell sweet and toasted. It brews a light reddish-brown color and tastes sweet and roasted. The roasting process helps to eliminate some of the strong earthy flavor of regular Yerba Mate.
Instructions:
Basic preparation;
Use 2 teaspoons of tea per 8-12 oz of water. Steep for 2 minutes with boiling water.

If you are interested in a lighter brew try using 1 teaspoon of tea.

If you are interested in a stronger brew try steeping for 3+ minutes.

For a Mate Gourd style of preparation;
A traditional preparation is done with multiple people. The host is in charge of pouring the water and testing the first two brews. To prepare the Mate (Gourd), fill the gourd half of the way full with Yerba (tea). Shake the tea to one side of the tilted mate and place the bombilla (filtering straw) into the mate on top of the yerba. The first brew is done with cold water, and can be either drunk by the host, or discarded. The second and successive brews are done with water that is about 150-175 degrees. The host drinks the first hot brew, then serves the successive brews to their guest(s). Each person drinks an entire Mate of tea.
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