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Cooked matt is also matte

For many, cooked mate is an undervalued version of mate that is not worth ordering. But it's also part of our tradition.

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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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