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Spanish adjective which means washed. Used as a term to point out that all the flavors “washed away” from
mate and it becomes tasteless. The more refills
yerba mate can take before becoming lavado, the longer
duration it has.
body. Light body means that the
mate feels weightless, light and watery in the mouth.
Pronounced [mah-teh]. Traditional South American caffeine-rich infused drink, very popular in Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay and Southern Brazil (the term
chimarrão is used there more often). It is prepared by steeping dried leaves of
yerba mate in the
gourd. Sometimes the gourd itself is referred to as mate.
Pronounced [yer-bah mah-teh] (or [sher-bah mah-teh] in
Rioplatense Spanish). Also known as Ilex paraguariensis, a holly plant natively grown in South America, paricularly in Northern Argentina, Paraguay and Southern Brazil (the term
erva mate is used there more often). Yerba mate is used to make a beverage known as
mate in Spanish, or
chimarrão in Portugese. Oftenly, the term yerba mate is used to describe not only a plant, but also a final product of grinding, drying and aging the plant.
Characteristic, used to define the tactile feel of
mate in the mouth, similar to other gourmet products, like wine or coffee. It includes the mouthfeel of the drink, its thickness and weight. Cut of
yerba mate, drying methods and aging all contribute to the body of mate. Usually, body can be described as
full — the more thick and dense mate feels in the mouth, the more full body it has.