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French Press Yerba Mate Preparation


An image of yerba mate brewed in a French press.

If you usually use your French press to prepare coffee, be sure to clean it well before using it to brew yerba mate. Otherwise, it might taste like coffee!

Marko Goodwin
Just like coffee and tea, yerba mate's flavor profile changes depending on how you brew it. Some prefer cold-brewed yerba mate, and some like the convenience of a yerba mate teabag or the flavor of a yerba mate latte brewed with milk, and some prefer the classic way of brewing yerba mate with a gourd and a filter-tipped straw. However, an increasing number of people are using French presses for convenience and a different yerba mate flavor profile. If you're interested in French press yerba mate preparation, simply follow these instructions.

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Cook Time: 6 minutes

Total Time: 9 minutes

Yield: Makes two servings


  • 2 tbsp. yerba mate
  • 16 ounces water at about 150 degrees Fahrenheit (just simmering)
  • (Alternately, you can use a larger French press and a ratio of 1 tbsp. yerba mate per 8 ounces water.)


  1. Place your yerba mate into the filter of the French press.
  2. Slowly pour water over the yerba mate, allowing it to soak in and pass through the filter as you go.
  3. Brew for 4 to 6 minutes, depending on desired strength.
  4. Depress the plunger into the filter pot. Serve.
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