Yerba Mate Versus Matcha

Stephan Blazevski

The same way as people meet for a coffee or tea around the world, in Paraguay, Argentina, southern Brazil, and Uruguay, people from all ages are gathering to drink Yerba Mate, while in East Asia, to drink Matcha.

Although Yerba Mate and Matcha are both gifts from the nature, here's an overview of the differences between these two beverages.

Brewed Yerba Mate

       photo by: ildipapp

- Grown and proceed in the native regions of South America, Yerba Mate is made from the Ilex paraguariensis tree leaves.


       photo by: Louno_M

- Matcha is a finely ground powder, made in Japan of specially grown and processed green tea leaves.

- The flavor of Yerba Mate is often described as earthy, bitterish, resembling an infusion of vegetables, herbs and grass.

- Matcha flavor is smooth, less bitter and also resembles infusion of vegetables.

- Yerba Mate preparation steps:
1. First, prepare some hot water (not boiling). 
2. Pour the lose-leaf Yerba Mate into the gourd and then start shaking.
3. Tilt the gourd on one side to make a hollow and pour in the water. 
4. Carefully place the bombilla. 
5. Pour the water in the gourd to brew it.

- Matcha preparation steps:
1. First, add Matcha to a small bowl or mug.
2. Pour a small amount of how water and then carefully whisk from side to side.
3. Add more hot water or steamed milk (by choice).

- Yerba Mate nutrients:
Polyphenols, xanthines, flavonoids, inositol, tannins, saponins, amino acids, minerals (calcium, manganese, iron, selenium, potassium, magnesium), vitamins etc.

- Matcha nutrients:
Antioxidants, amino acides, potassium, magnesium, calcium, zinc, phosphorus, iron, vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C, E, K, etc.

To sum up, both Yerba Mate and Matcha are one of a kind beverage, each unique for itself, and definitely worth try it! 

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