Yerba Mate is brewed differently among countries. Below, we show one way to traditionally brew Yerba Mate.
No matter the style in which you brew, you will generally need these three things...
A Mate Gourd
If you haven't cured your gourd already-you need to! Head to our Caring for you Gourd page to read about curing your gourd. Once the curing process is done, continue on this page to learn how to brew!
To Begin, open your Mountain Soul Mate bag and fill your gourd 1/2-3/4 the way full. The more you fill it, the stronger concentration of the taste you will have.
In order to cause the smaller pieces of mate to surface, you should place your hand on top of the opening of the gourd, sealing off the gourd. Then, flip the gourd upside down, while keeping your hand in place to seal the hole. Shake the gourd for 10-20 seconds When you are done shaking, slowly and carefully lift the gourd until it is at a 45 degree angle. At this point, the Yerba mate should be on one side of the gourd.
Keep the gourd at a 45 degree tilt: Before filling the gourd with your hot water, add some Luke warm water and wait until it is absorbed. Then, once this water has been absorbed you can add the hot water in the section of the gourd that does not have the Yerba mate. Keep tilted in order to pour the hot water in the right area.
Keep the gourd at a 45 degree tilt: After you have added the hot water, add your bombilla in the area away from the Yerba mate loose leaf. If you would like a stronger taste, place the bombilla in the area with the Yerba Mate loose leaf.
Finished your cup? Continue to refill your mate gourd with water without having to replace or add Yerba Mate leaves. Want it stronger? Place the bombilla in the area with the Yerba Mate loose leaf concentrate, and let your mixture sit. The longer you leave it, the stronger it will be.
Using a French press..
What is the best temperature to drink Yerba Mate at?
First off, lets remember that Yerba mate is a personal experience. For that reason, the temperature you drink your mate out will be different and varying from person to person. However, there is a general recommended range for temperature. For example, the range for brewing coffee is 195-205ºF (91-96ºC) and for green tea the range is generally 160-180ºF (71-82ºC). For Yerba Mate, the perfect temperature for brewing usually falls between 155-180ºF (68-82ºC).
These ranges generally mark when the water would typically be too cold to let the mate or coffee steep in it, or when it is so hot it may burn your mouth or cause health issues.
The temperature you brew your mate at is very specific to your own tastes. It is important to experiment with what you like. It is also important to know that different Yerba mates will have different perfect brewing temperatures for you. This is because each mate blend is unique in its taste and composition. Some yerbas will taste better at cooler temperatures, and some yerbas will taste better at hotter temperatures.
Hot vs Cold...
Generally, the hotter the water the more likely the mate will be bitter. However, the colder the water, the less flavourful your Yerba may be. People typically find that below the given average the water is too cold, and above the given average, the water burns their mouth.
Don't Forget!! Remember, never drink mate at boiling temperature to ensure you are not at risk for the health effects of drinking boiling water. As long as you follow that rule, go ahead and experiment to find the perfect temperature for you favourite mates. If you drink many different kinds, write down the preferred temperature once you discover it on your bag!