|"Sweetener highlights the chocolate notes and also brings out a bit more of the roasty mate flavor. I know this blend would handle steamed milk of your choice well - but you can be pretty versatile with your choices and have a lovely cup any way you choose. "|
Several years ago, I was introduced to Yerba Mate, a caffeinated hot beverage hailing from South America, at a sampling demonstration at a local Whole Foods. I enjoyed the roasty sort of greenish taste it had but liked it best served as a latte, with steamed soy milk. Mmmm. What a nice way to start the day! In South America it is typically drunk in a unique way, from a hollowed out dried gourd through a shiny silver straw that has a filter like attachment at the bottom to keep the leafy matter from entering the mouth. I don’t have one of those set ups, and they aren’t necessary to enjoy the mate, but if you aren’t familiar with them, it’s worth googling to take a look at. K Teas notes that the gourd itself is called a cuia and the straw is called a bombihla.
I haven’t had any mate in a very long time so I was curious to try a bit when it was offered as a sample option from K Teas. It’s offered as a chocolate mate from K Teas and this didn’t sound too painful to me since I have very high regard for chocolate! I brewed up a sample pot of this tea to share with my husband. I added two tablespoons of mate to a 24 ounce infuser pot and steeped for five minutes with fresh boiled water. This yielded a dark copper, nearly coffee colored mug. Mellow and engaging, Chocolate Mate has a pervasive chocolate smell and flavor that isn’t too strong and is wonderfully true tasting. The mate has the roasted, slightly green flavor that I remember enjoying in the past and I am delighted to report that it couples up beautifully with chocolate – even better than with steamed soymilk!
Mild and mellow, this is a delicious blend. It has a light dry finish. If you serve it up in the afternoon or evening with something sweet, or in lieu of something else sweet, you will be most pleased. This tea doesn’t really need a sweetener, but I found it well worth sweetening as it becomes superbly sweet, decadent and tasty with just a teeny bit added. Sweetener (in this case stevia) highlights the chocolate notes and also brings out a bit more of the roasty mate flavor. I know this blend would handle steamed milk of your choice well – but you can be pretty versatile with your choices and have a lovely cup any way you choose.
Definitely add some of this to your order at K Teas if you enjoy chocolate. It’s really good!
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