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I have a friend who always complains that the groom, when they go out to breakfast or have a snack outside, asks for a cooked mate . Not a coffee , a tea or a chocolate : a cooked matte . For her — and for many — cooked mate is an undervalued version of mate that is not worth ordering, less than less in a bar .
It seems that the really respectable mate is the one that is taken with light bulb and bitter , well to lo gaucho . However, cooked mate is another version of this infusion so ours and is also part of our traditions . Who didn't drink as a boy a hot cup of cooked mate served directly from the pot? If that's not a taste of childhood, I don't know anymore.
Maybe the detractors of this version of the mate are against the alternative in bags. Just as the tea purist only takes it on strands , the expert primer does not tolerate seeing his art become an industrialized option. Where is the ritual of accommodating the yerba, putting the water at the exact temperature in the exact place, appreciating that sparkling that is pure love ?
Whatever it may be, the reality is that in our country there is for every taste. In fact, in recent years, cooked mate became one of the favorite infusions of Argentines. Its consumption increased 50 percent in the last decade.
Besides — as my friend's boyfriend does — she asks more and more in bars .
Let us, then, let everyone take mate as they prefer and keep our fundamentalisms for more serious questions. Yerba mate is part of our culture and can be taken in the way that everyone likes the most.
Publication Date: 12/10/2019
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