Leaf Type: Yerba Maté
Where to Buy: Jennifer’s Tea Garden
Roasting gives this Yerba Mate a toasty-nutty, full bodied flavor to energize your day without the unpleasant side effects coffee can bring. This legendary South American beverage has been known and enjoyed for centuries for its many health benefits and is sure to become a modern favorite.
I still recall the first couple of times that I tried Yerba Maté. It wasn’t pleasant. Since that time, however, I have had quite a few delicious Yerba Maté experiences and it has changed my opinion of Yerba Maté significantly. I not only tolerate it, but I actually enjoy Yerba Maté now!
And this Roasted Yerba Maté from Jennifer’s Tea Garden is delicious. It has a beautiful toasted flavor that gives it an almost caramel-y undertone of sweetness. It is rich and earthy, with a hint of vegetative taste. I find that the roasted Yerba Maté tends to be a little less vegetal than a green Yerba Maté will be. Instead the roasting process gives it a sweeter tone – and that is true of this Roasted Yerba Maté. And while some Yerba Maté can come off as a little bitter, I am really not getting any bitterness from this cup.
What I am getting is a very vibrant beverage that is re-energizing me with every sip! This is one tisane that you don’t want to drink too late in the day because it might just keep you awake at night. This stuff is powerfully caffeinated!
I recommend brewing Yerba Mate at a temperature just below the boiling point. I used to recommend brewing it in boiling water, but have since found that a slightly lower temperature seems to curb some of those bitter notes I mentioned previously. Perhaps that is why I am not experiencing bitterness with this tisane. I also like my Yerba Maté with a little honey as it helps to accentuate the naturally occurring sweetness of the Maté.
When brewed properly, this Roasted Yerba Maté makes for a delicious, invigorating cup! Enjoy!