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BH20: Green Yerba Maté

Picture of BH20: Green Yerba Maté
Brand:Upton Tea Imports
Style:Yerba Maté
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:Brazil
Loose/teabag:Loose
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This tea's info last updated: Jan. 4, 2011

Commercial Description

Also known as Paraguay tea or Brazilian tea. This caffeine bearing plant is valued for its stimulating properties. We offer an excellent grade.

Brewing Instructions: (from Upton Tea Imports)

Leaf Quantity: 2¼ g/cup
Water Temp: 212° (boiling)
Steep Time: 8 min.

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70 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
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Very smooth flavor, yet tobacco-like in aroma, almost to the point of being harsh. The aroma is also reminiscent of wood, earth, and stone. A strange and rather strong sweetness is present, especially in the aftertaste.

I find Upton's recommendations to be off. I prefer to steep only a few minutes, and use less leaf. This minimizes the unpleasant tobacco-like quality, but leaves a honey-like sweetness and a pleasing overall aroma.

I did not initially like Yerba mate and I found it gave me a headache, but this effect has since gone away. I find this particular green yerba mate to be on the strong side.

Very reasonable price, but I want to point out that there are alternatives (like Mate factor) that are much cheaper AND organic certified and produced with an eye towards sustainability.
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