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Old 01-12-2009, 06:21 PM   #1


Just wondering....

Yerba mate is a bitter infusion that is traditionally consumed in Argentina and is incredibly rich in antioxidants and vitamins. I was first introduced to the beverage by an Argentinian co-worker who prepared his mate daily in a gourd and a metal filtered straw called a bombilla.

Tasty stuff, but it's an acquired taste.

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Old 01-12-2009, 06:28 PM   #2
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Definitely. I just got back from 3 weeks in Argentina, and it seemed like everyone there had a mate and a thermos of water with them at all times. The first few mates taste a lot like hot dirty water, but it grows on you. Add lots of sugar for your first try. Mateine produces a nice "buzz" without the jittery effects like caffeine.
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Old 01-12-2009, 06:30 PM   #3
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When you first try it, you learn why "yerba mate" means "weed killer". But it does grow on you.
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Old 01-12-2009, 06:37 PM   #4
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I have some at home. It's not bad. Not my favorite, but every once-in-a-while I like a nice cup or two. I haven't tried the roasted kind yet, only the 'green' one.
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Old 01-12-2009, 06:43 PM   #5

Yeah, I've only tried the unsmoked mate myself- and it's a part of my daily routine to enjoy the gourd.

 
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Old 01-12-2009, 10:08 PM   #6
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I think that I tried a beer in Louisville with that in it. It was at cumberland brews. A pale ale with yerba somehow brewed in.

 
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Old 01-12-2009, 11:54 PM   #7
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My sister was in Argentina last month and brought me some yerba mate. I'll have to try it soon.
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Old 01-13-2009, 12:10 AM   #8
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I dunno about that stuff not having the "buzz" effect. I had a cup of that a few years ago, and made the mistake of using two of the tea bags instead of one. I now know what Tony Montana felt like after that big mountain of cocaine in the closing scene of the movie...
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Old 01-13-2009, 12:34 AM   #9
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I dunno about that stuff not having the "buzz" effect. I had a cup of that a few years ago, and made the mistake of using two of the tea bags instead of one. I now know what Tony Montana felt like after that big mountain of cocaine in the closing scene of the movie...
It definitely does produce a buzz, but I don't get jittery on mate like I do after a few coffees. Also, if you used teabags, it really wasn't a true mate. Traditionally, you add small amounts of hot water directly into the yerba mate, and filter it through the bombilla (straw). The teabag version is a lot less potent than the real deal. Sort of like the difference between a Bud Light and a homebrewed barleywine.
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Old 01-13-2009, 12:48 AM   #10
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Got tired of all the 'pipe' jokes when sipping on my gourd at work. Now I have some on weekends and still get funny looks from SWMBO.

The sharing part is hard for me. I don't like sucking on the bombilla after other people have slobered on it.
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