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toasted mate

by adagio teas

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type: herbal

origin: argentina

caffeine: strong

price level: $$$$

Long hailed in South American countries as a healthy, energizing social beverage, Yerba Mate is finding a new audience in North America. Notable is its ability to provide energy without the jitteriness suffered by coffee imbibers. This toasted finer cut version from Brazil is mellower, yet fuller bodied and a great alternative to coffee. The toasting process is similar to coffee roasting and yields a darker, deeper cup that still offers its energizing effects. It has a toasty, comforting chicory note that takes milk and sugar well. Please note that all Mate varieties contains caffeine; we would not suggest it as a nightcap. Steep at 150°F for 3-5 minutes

Recent reviews

    • L P

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      My first time trying a mate, and I rather enjoyed it. The tea has a complex toasted nuttiness that goes well with cream.

    • Karie B.

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      I thought I would like this. I was a regular mate drinker years ago but didn't care of this. It was disappointing.

    • CK

      Cameron Kilchrist

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      This mate, in my opinion, straight up tastes like cardboard. Now, I was a strange child and enjoyed chewing on cardboard from time to time, so I'm very familiar with the taste. Is it more akin to coffee than Adagio's non-toasted mate? Absolutely. Am I using mate as a coffee substitute? Most definitely. Will I return to this variety of mate? Almost certainly not. I can admit that some pallates would find this enjoyable, and many of the reviews would agree with this sentiment, but it's not compatible with mine.

    • Claudia Yahng

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      I really had no strong feelings about this one. It was a little coffe-ish and a little bitter, but definitely not bad

    • Sky Kutil

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      This was actually a pretty great cup of tea. Tastes really great with a bit of cream and sweetener to help the spices blend better.

    • Red Wolfe

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      My first adventure into mate, and I was welcomed with renaissance festival smell and smoked hay taste. I know that doesn't sound pleasant, but it's actually really good.

    • melissa Dichiaro

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      I did not care for this at all. The mate has a strange flavor and the spices are too overwhelming

    • Annie Katharine

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      I'm torn with this one, I'll go through phases where I love it and they I won't crave it for months!

    • Max Sugerman

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      I love yerba mate and have been drinking it for years. I was initially wary of this one but the toasted mate was actually really good. It was overly smoky and was really tasty