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Mar 12, 2010 05:52 AM

Mate...what am I missing?

Tired of coffee, so I bought some mate hoping to get the same stimulating effects from a new beverage. Is this stuff supposed to taste like hay? Or is it just an acquired taste (that I have yet to acquire)? Does anyone have a recipe that they use when they brew mate that they'd like to share?

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  1. Oh now I get it. Mate. . . the "tea" made from yerba mate. I thought at first that you were from Australia. :-)

    I've had mate a couple of times. Like you, I found it to taste kind of like grass. I didn't enjoy it enough to try making it myself. There's a whole ritual for brewing it. If you're interested, check out the article in Wikipedia.

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    1. re: cheesemaestro

      Nah, not into rituals. No Japanese tea cermony, no gourds for mate....just need the jolt.

    2. I bought the unsweetened bottled kind at WF (fyi, i usually drink my teas sans sugar). Not crazy about the taste, but I actually got it for the "upper" effect. Mix it with sport drink and take it out on a long run. Seems to help a bit with the stamina. But yeah, it does have a barnyard taste to it.

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      1. re: nofunlatte

        I was going to use the phrase barnyard in my post, but I didn't want to insult a national drink.....maybe it needs a scoop of chocolate ice cream?

      2. I've tried it more than once--at least 10-15 times. I decided I don't like it and am not going to press the issue anymore. I'm sure I can find something that I do like that would give me the same benefits.

        BTW there is a whole thread about "training" yourself to like certain foods/drinks

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        1. re: MrsT

          I think I'll get to the point where I'll give it up....perhaps before I've used up the POUND I have in my kitchen.

        2. Argentinian friend brought back a few bags of a sweet version and one of those special cups made from a hollowed gourd a few years back. I actually really liked it, but it takes a little getting used to as yes, it does have hay-ish qualities. Good delivery on the caffeine though.

          I remember having to use quite a bit of yerba - filled 1/3 of the way up the gourd - to get the right flavor. You can of course refill with water a few more times...

          1. Just had a cup of mate this afternoon with some sugar free raspberry syrup. Didn't really help - had to down it like medicine. As a coffee alternative, my preferred beverage is matcha. Or Rockstar.