Water Temperature: 175
Water Quality: Best with Spring Water
Amount of Leaf (per 6 fl oz water): 1 Tbl. (2.5 grams)
Steep Time: 3-7 minutes
Number of Infusions: 1
The traditional way to brew mate in South America is with a gourd and bombilla (silver straw.) However, Yerba mate is very versatile and can be prepared a variety of ways, from a tea infuser or tea press to a coffee machine... even an espresso maker. It can be consumed hot, or cold, and served with milk and honey or iced with lemon and mint, the combinations are endless.
I would recommend experimenting with temperatures, quantities and method until you find one that works best for you. Having said that, using water that is too hot will bring out the bitterness of the leaf. Infusion time often depends on the kind of mate you're brewing. When brewed the traditional way (with the gourd) you can use a high leaf to water ratio and infuse multiple times unlike most herbs. Doing it this way you will get a stronger flavor in the first couple of infusions and it will soften in the next few.