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How does mate tea taste? Influence mate tea taste!


Mate tea is the most frequently drunk tea in South America. How Mate tastes tea, however, takes a lot of getting used to for many. In this article we will therefore give you precise examples that individual mate tea types taste and how your taste can affect.



  1. How does mate tea taste?
    1. Traditional mate
    2. Roasted mate
    3. Raw mate tea taste
    4. Flavored
    5. Quality levels
  2. Influence like mate tea tastes good
    1. Water temperature
    2. Take less mate tea
    3. Pour away the first infusion
    4. Flog
    5. Mix mate tea for a mild taste
    6. Sugar or sweetener
    7. Teapot or tea strainer
  3. Conclusion


1. How does mate tea taste?

How your mate tastes depends on many factors. Depending on the processing, cultivation and origin, the tastes vary. We would therefore like to give you an overview of the different varieties first.

In the second step we show you some methods, with the help of which you can then influence the mate tea taste of the individual variety again.

Generally spoken, mate tea tastes like a very bitter herb tea. The most sold Mate also has a very smoky aroma.


Mate tea varieties taste


1.1. Traditional mate

The Mate Tea is traditionally referred to, the leaves of which are dried over fire after harvesting. The smoke of the fire creates an unmistakable "smoke aroma", which makes up the traditional mate tea taste.

This variety is always suspected of being highly carcinogenic, since the fire so -called Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAK) creates that spread over the smoke on the mate leaves.


1.2. Roasted mate

Roasted mate often promises a similar aroma to that of coffee, since the leaves are roasted after hot air drying such as coffee beans. This is only significantly shorter with leaves than with beans, otherwise they would be charm. Because of this and because of course it is leaves and not coffee beans, the mate tea taste of this variety can only be compared with that of coffee.

However, this method does not produce a PAK and is said to have a slightly more pleasant aroma for newcomers.


1.3. Raw mate tea taste

What mate tastes like that depends on the processing like the previous two examples. However, the first taste factor forms the origin and thus the soil, the sunlight and water. With a RAW Mate you can experience the genuine raw mate taste. This varies depending on the origin and can be significantly milder with a wild mate than with a commercial mate.

Wild mate teas are extremely rare. Nevertheless, make sure that the mate from so -called Permacultures comes, these are forest gardens that receive the natural biodiversity of the region. Monocultures, on the other hand, destroy them in favor of a draft plant.

The Raw Mate is neither roasted nor dried through fire, but significantly more gentle with hot air. As a result, more antioxidants are preserved and the original taste of the leaves comes to the fore. Similar to ours PURE Guayusa tea.


1.4. Flavored

We are not a fan of flavored teas or drinks, but of course this is a way to drown out the bitter taste of mate tea.

Some companies offer flavored teas from home. Note that these flavors often contain sweeteners or are obtained by chemical processes. Natural flavors are not necessarily better.


1.5. Quality levels

In the traditional mate, the leaves including leaf stems are often processed. This leads to a large amount of woody material in the mate. The taste changes accordingly because the stems do not wear such a large aroma. This quality level is mostly found under the traditional mate.

Raw Mate is the loveliest among the varieties and the flavored varieties are more of a "blue berry muffin tea bag drinker" among you.


2. influence like mate tea tastes

In addition to the above varieties that make a difference in the basic taste, you can also influence each variety in terms of taste.

You can influence how Mate tea tastes of the following methods. In addition, the preparation makes a difference for effect. In our article "Effect of Mate Tea"Find more information about this. If you want to compare the best known caffeinated drinks with each other, we also recommend the articles"The most caffeinated drink in the world" and "Tea varieties comparison".


Influence what mate tea.


2.1. Water temperature

Similar to green tea, you should also pay attention to the water temperature at Mate Tea. The hotter, the more bitter substances are solved.

An ideal temperature is between 70ºC and 85ºC.


2.2. Take less mate tea

Traditionally, between 20 g and 30 g Mate per mate vessel is used. With this amount, about 2 liters of mate can be drinked. This is significantly more than you from Guayusa needed.

In order to reduce the intensity of the taste and have less bitter and tart, you can of course simply halve the amount.


2.3. Pour away the first infusion

As an addition to the above method, you can now pour away the first infusion. This is often also done in South America, as this infusion is the most strongest in the bitter taste.


2.4. Flog

Another method is the pre -sources of the leaves with cold water. This takes part of the bitter aftertaste. As with the method, the water must be poured away beforehand. The swelling time should only be about 3 minutes.


2.5. Mix mate tea for a mild taste

Instead of drinking 100% mate tea, you can also use other herbs, fruits or Guayusa Mix.

The taste of the other ingredients makes the mate tea milder and more pleasant in taste. Mint, ginger, hibiscus, and lemon grass are very suitable.

Guayusa is also excellent because the mild taste is weakening for the strongly bitter mate tea. In addition, you don't lose any effect because Guayusa even more caffeine than mate contains and about three times as many Antioxidants has.


2.6. Sugar or sweetener

It is not without reason that black tea is drunk with sugar in many cases. It is a way to drown out the bitter taste. However, you should be aware that sugar can have some permanent long -term consequences for your body. You should therefore avoid excessive consumption.


2.7. Teapot or tea strainer

How your mate tea tastes, you can also fantastic with one Tea string or one Teapot with sieve influence because you can better determine the time and quantity.


3. Conclusion

How Mate tastes tastes depends on many factors such as origin, cultivation, processing, but also preparation.

By choosing the corresponding Mate product, you can already decide whether you go towards a strongly bitter and smoky direction or more in the herb tea.

With the help of various preparations, you can then reduce the bitter taste. Guayusa it also offers excellently as a mixed partner without weakening the effect, there Guayusa even contains more caffeine than Mate.

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