Yerba mate company Guayaki announced recently that they've introduced "the first espresso yerba mate designed for preparation in a coffee maker." Here's the link to the product at the Guayaki site and here's an excerpt from the press release:
"Gaucho Fuerte allows people that prefer the convenience of automatic coffee makers over traditional South American gourds and French Presses to enjoy the full potency of yerba mate like the gauchos enjoy it. Simply brew 1-2 tablespoons of Gaucho’s Fuerte per cup of water. This new product is available in a 1-pound bag for $12.00 and a 5-pound economy size bag for $52.50. The improved form of brewing and extraction provided by Gaucho’s Fuerte increases the yield per pound and is a cost-saver for customers."
According to a recent piece in the Beer Advocate, Brazil's Dado Bier Ilex is the first beer in Brazil to be made from yerba-maté. The article also asserts that it's "the first beer with yerba-maté," though that distinction should probably go to Mateveza, which we've reported on here.
Speaking of Mateveza, here's a link to a Mateveza ringtone.
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