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jeffoatess
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Posted Fri Aug 3, 2012, 11:52am
Subject: Coffee and Yerba Mate
 

I was just reading a thread about fun coffee geek tricks and things to try and it got me thinking outside the box, the first thing that came to mind was mixing two of my favorite drinks by drinking coffee in the style of traditional yerba mate.  Now if you're not familiar with yerba mate, I'd recommend looking it up; youtube has a lot of good instructional videos on how to serve it. But essentially:
- you fill a vessel(a gourd usually) 1/2 to 3/4 to the top with yerba leaves
- wet them with a bit of lukewarm water (maybe hot water for coffee to let it bloom?)
- then insert a metal straw(bombilla) with a filter at the end into the leaves all the way to the bottom.  
- then you pour a couple ounces of hot water (170F for yerba mate, but you could play around with it for coffee) onto the leaves but not enough to float the leaves, the water level never gets above the highest point of the leaves.
- drink through the straw and enjoy! (since you never float the leaves, they stay in place around the end of the filter straw and provide an additional level of filtration, if properly prepared you don't get any small pieces of yerba mate through the straw. I wonder if it'd work the same way with coffee.)


I'm very curious how this would turn out with coarse grind coffee.  Has anyone tried this?

I think I will try it this weekend, although I'm suspecting that the caffeine content in coffee would make a bit much for me to do by myself, I might try a smaller scale in a small mug. I wouldn't want to ruin a mate gourd with coffee grounds anyway.
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