Yerba mate is used to make a beverage known as mate. It is traditionally consumed in central and southern regions of South America, primarily in Paraguay, as well as in Argentina, Uruguay, southern and central-western Brazil.
The infusion, called mate in Spanish-speaking countries is prepared by filling a container, typically a gourd, up to three-quarters full with dry leaves of the mate plant, and filling it up with water at a temperature of 160 – 180 F, but not boiling.
Sugar may or may not be added.
The liquid is commonly used in energy drinks because it has a high caffeine content.
Yerba Mate can also be made cold.
Recommended brewing : 2 grams in 10 ounces water. Steeping time 5-6 minutes at 200 F