How to Make Easy Yerba Mate with Cocoa
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We love a good, strong black tea for breakfast or lunch, and flavored teas for treats, like coconut tea with shortbread. But there are times when you want something stronger, punchier. Yerba Mate with Cocoa is the perfect thing.
Yerba Mate (pronounced mah-tay) is a beverage made from the leaves of a holly tree from South American rainforests. It's said to have the
Strength of coffee, health benefits of tea, and the delight of chocolate.
Wow! Sounds good to us! Yerba mate's claim to fame is the gentle lift it gives without the hard crash that can come from coffee. For more on the goodness of this green herb, see this article 8 Benefits of Yerba Mate.
Yerba mate in its green state can be astringent and an acquired taste for many palates. When we decided several years ago to cut back on coffee, we tried several alternatives and our favorite has been the version of yerba mate we created in our kitchen.
Using a French press to make our brew and adding organic cocoa powder created the perfect substitute for that cup of joe that we had enjoyed for such a long time. To serve, simply add honey and half and half to taste. Yum!
(A side note: We cut back on coffee because of the high acid content that can cause health issues, though we do still drink coffee in limited amounts.)
If you don't own a French press, you should!! We recommend stainless steel or stoneware as the glass versions break so easily. Trust us. Just pay the extra few bucks for the better French press. It will save money in the long run.
Ingredients for an 8 cup French press:
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