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Top 5 Ways to Drink Yerba Mate: A Comprehensive Guide

Yerba mate, a traditional South American drink brimming with health benefits and rich, unique flavor, has taken the world by storm. Aiding everything from cognitive function to mood regulation, yerba mate has been touted as a "drink of the gods". But do you know the best ways to enjoy this remarkable beverage? In this comprehensive guide, we've compiled the top 5 ways to drink yerba mate for an authentic and delightful experience.


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1. Traditional Yerba Mate Preparation

What You'll Need:

In traditional South American cultures, yerba mate is consumed in a gourd and sipped through a bombilla. Here's how you prepare it:

  1. Fill your gourd with yerba mate leaves up to about half its capacity.

  2. Tilt the gourd, so the yerba mate leaves are on one side, creating a slope.

  3. Pour a little cool water onto the lower part of the slope to moisten the leaves. Wait for the leaves to absorb the water.

  4. Insert your bombilla into the lower portion of the slope.

  5. Slowly pour hot water (not boiling - ideally around 70-80°C or 158-176°F) into the space created by the bombilla. Enjoy your mate traditionally!




2. Yerba Mate in a French Press

What You'll Need:

A French press isn't just for coffee. It's also a perfect tool for brewing yerba mate, especially if you're preparing for more than one person.

  1. Place 1-2 tablespoons of yerba mate per cup into your French press.

  2. Pour hot water over the leaves.

  3. Let it steep for about 3-5 minutes.

  4. Press the plunger down slowly.

  5. Pour into a cup and enjoy your yerba mate with a French twist!




3. Yerba Mate Tea Bags

What You'll Need:

This is the easiest and quickest method, and it's great if you want a simple cup of yerba mate without the traditional accessories.

  1. Place your yerba mate tea bag into a cup.

  2. Pour hot water into the cup.

  3. Let it steep for about 5 minutes.

  4. Remove the tea bag and enjoy your quick and easy yerba mate.




4. Iced Yerba Mate (Tereré)

What You'll Need:

  • Yerba mate leaves

  • A gourd or large mason jar

  • Bombilla or regular straw

  • Ice-cold water or juice

Tereré is a refreshing iced version of yerba mate, perfect for hot summer days.

  1. Fill your gourd or mason jar with yerba mate leaves up to about half its capacity.

  2. Insert your bombilla or a regular straw.

  3. Pour ice-cold water or juice (like lime, pineapple, or mango) onto the leaves.

  4. Stir well and enjoy your refreshing Tereré!


5. Yerba Mate Latte

What You'll Need:

  • Yerba mate leaves or yerba mate tea bag

  • Milk (dairy or plant-based)

  • Sweetener (optional)

  • Cup

  • Hot water

This method is a modern twist on the traditional yerba mate and is a great way to introduce yourself to the drink.

  1. Brew a strong cup of yerba mate by steeping the leaves or tea bag in hot water for 5-10 minutes.

  2. Heat up your milk separately until hot, but not boiling.

  3. Pour the hot milk into your cup of brewed yerba mate.

  4. Add sweetener to taste, if desired.

  5. Stir well and enjoy your creamy yerba mate latte!

And there you have it! Five wonderful ways to enjoy yerba mate. Each method offers a unique experience of this traditional drink. Why not try each one and find your favorite? After all, part of the joy of yerba mate lies in its versatility. Cheers to good health and great taste!


Throughout this article, we've explored the various methods of preparing yerba mate and the equipment required to make it. All these methods are designed to help you maximize the benefits of yerba mate, as expounded by Stanford neuroscientist Andrew Huberman. To gain a deeper understanding of why yerba mate is such an amazing health booster, and to discover Huberman's insights on this traditional South American plant, you can read our detailed post about "Andrew Huberman's Take on Yerba Mate." There, you'll learn more about the potent compounds found in yerba mate, like chlorogenic acids, theobromine, and mate saponins, which contribute to its mental and physical health benefits.


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