French Press Yerba Mate Preparation

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Yerba mate: try brewing this popular South American herb in your French press coffee. Jamesmcq24/Getty Images
  • 9 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins,
  • Cook: 6 mins
  • Yield: Makes two servings
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Just like coffee and tea, yerba mate's flavor profile changes depending on how you brew it. Some prefer cold-brewed yerba mate, and some like the convenience of a yerba mate teabag or the flavor of a yerba mate latte brewed with milk, and some prefer the classic way of brewing yerba mate with a gourd and a filter-tipped straw. However, an increasing number of people are using French presses for convenience and a different yerba mate flavor profile. If you're interested in French press yerba mate preparation, simply follow these instructions.

What You'll Need

  • 2 tablespoons yerba mate
  • 16 ounces water at about 150 degrees Fahrenheit (just simmering)
  • (Alternately, you can use a larger French press and a ratio of 1 tablespoon yerba mate per 8 ounces water.)

How to Make It

  1. Place your yerba mate into the filter of the French press.
  2. Slowly pour water over the yerba mate, allowing it to soak in and pass through the filter as you go.
  3. Brew for 4 to 6 minutes, depending on desired strength.
  4. Depress the plunger into the filter pot. Serve.