How to prepare yerba mate tea
Traditionally, Paraguayan tea has been brewed with hollow gourds and sipped by bombillas, a metal straw with a filter at the bottom. The gourd flows around and the water is refilled 20 times. The traditional recipe produces a very strong drink because the gourd is full of leaves.
But never afraid, the gourd does not need! You can make yerba mate tea at home in a French press, coffee maker or simple household filter.
Usually, use 1 teaspoon of ground yerba spouse for every 1 cup of water.
To make yerba mate tea in a coffee maker, use 4 TBSP leaves for 12 cups of coffee and brew as usual.
If using a French press, add yerba mate tea to the press and pour it very hot but without boiling water. Make it steep for 3-8 minutes depending on your preference.
If using a filter, add the mate tea to a bowl of very hot water, cover it, and soak for 3-8 minutes. Use a fine mesh filter to filter out the leaves and pour them into the cup.
You can enjoy yerba mate tea with a little whipped cream or milk. It can also be sweetened with maple syrup, raw honey or stevia if needed. You can even have a cold drink, traditionally called tereré.
Are you a Malay tea companion? Do you think that after learning these benefits, will you start now?