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    Quote Originally Posted by Drumroll View Post
    Ah, but yerba mate does also!

    And I like taking more "controversial" substances and changing the popular opinion about them.
    Recently a 17-year-old kid here informed us that cigarettes have their benefits. So sorry, it's been done. Although, he did forget to state what those benefits actually are, so maybe your thread will be better.

    I find it odd people like yerba mate so much. Maybe it's like Chai now, not really yerba mate, like chai isn't chai at all anymore? I had it when it first came here in the 90s and it was like green tea. Very plain, bitter, and you couldn't really doctor it up with anything to make it taste good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sbhikes View Post
    Recently a 17-year-old kid here informed us that cigarettes have their benefits. So sorry, it's been done. Although, he did forget to state what those benefits actually are, so maybe your thread will be better.
    The only benefit I've ever seen attributed to cigarettes (other than the really old days when they claimed it cures coughs and sore throats) is "makes it easier to meet beautiful strangers."

    Of course, it's not really that hard to meet beautiful strangers. It's hard not to say something exceedingly stupid in front of them
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    Quote Originally Posted by Misabi View Post
    They made $28.2 million in 2011. Who cares about dignity
    and last year miley cyrus twerked her way to $70+ million. please, let's not go down that rabbit hole.

    Quote Originally Posted by RichMahogany View Post
    The only benefit I've ever seen attributed to cigarettes (other than the really old days when they claimed it cures coughs and sore throats) is "makes it easier to meet beautiful strangers."

    Of course, it's not really that hard to meet beautiful strangers. It's hard not to say something exceedingly stupid in front of them
    "beautiful strangers" that smell and taste like an ashtray that hasn't been cleaned since the 70s. a friend of mine recently started dating a smoker. even though he doesn't have cigs in her house or car, SHE smells like stale smoke all the time now. yuk.
    As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.

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    "beautiful strangers" that smell and taste like an ashtray that hasn't been cleaned since the 70s. a friend of mine recently started dating a smoker. even though he doesn't have cigs in her house or car, SHE smells like stale smoke all the time now. yuk.[/QUOTE]

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    Quote Originally Posted by RittenRemedy View Post
    I'm not hard core into it, but I love tea and mate is my favorite type.
    We have much to discuss.

    Seriously though, if you ever get out my way I'll get you high on mate (it can happen at the right dosages). Also, I find the experience of drinking mate to be vastly different from that of tea. Enough that I have a hard time actually considering mate and tea to even both be "teas." I've started using the term "tea" to ONLY refer to the beverage made from the Camellia Sinensis plant.
    "The cling and a clang is the metal in my head when I walk. I hear a sort of, this tinging noise - cling clang. The cling clang. So many things happen while walking. The metal in my head clangs and clings as I walk - freaks my balance out. So the natural thought is just clogged up. Totally clogged up. So we need to unplug these dams, and make the the natural flow... It sort of freaks me out. We need to unplug the dams. You cannot stop the natural flow of thought with a cling and a clang..."

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    Because that's the only thing that is tea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MEversbergII View Post
    Because that's the only thing that is tea.

    M.
    Technically, yes, that's true. But... It's more the way I feel completely different when drinking mate vs. tea that makes me make the difference.

    They are both chemically and nutritionally completely different substances. They are not just sources of a quick "caffeine" fix. The science behind both of these herbs is absolutely fascinating.

    Adding a few hundred milligrams of suntheanine along both your yerba mate is an experience everyone should try at least once in their life too.
    "The cling and a clang is the metal in my head when I walk. I hear a sort of, this tinging noise - cling clang. The cling clang. So many things happen while walking. The metal in my head clangs and clings as I walk - freaks my balance out. So the natural thought is just clogged up. Totally clogged up. So we need to unplug these dams, and make the the natural flow... It sort of freaks me out. We need to unplug the dams. You cannot stop the natural flow of thought with a cling and a clang..."

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    Quote Originally Posted by sbhikes View Post
    Very plain, bitter, and you couldn't really doctor it up with anything to make it taste good.
    That's exactly how I drink my mate actually! But... Man, there are thirty bajillion varieties just based on where it's grown and how it's processed too. Kind of like with tea.

    The leaves have to be dried of course, and they can be either barbecued, smoked, or air dried, all of which can completely change the flavor of the resultant brew. If anyone here is a fan of the smokey lapsang souchong teas then they want barbecued mate which has the strongest smokey flavors. If you like coffee, that's more your thing, then the regular and traditionally smoked varieties are going to be for you. If you like the grassy tastes of a good green tea then you want to go for the air dried stuff.

    That's the thing with yerba mate... You can't just assume that if you've tried one, you've tried them all. I have two mates I am going through right now. One is "Taragui - full leaf quality" meaning it has no stems, only leaves and it was smoked. It is bitter, but not overpoweringly so. The other one is "Rosamonte - Seleccion Especial" which is a barbecued mate with stems. It has a kind of woody flavor to it and since it is barbecued, very deep and smokey notes. It's the perfect cuppa for a cold winter evening (of which we had plenty this past year).

    Also, you can change how it tastes based on how you brew it. Hot brewing extracts more antioxidants and minerals from the leaves, but it also extracts more tannins and caffeine, the bitter flavor components. If you like that then go for it! Then again, you can steep the leaves overnight in cold water too. This extracts less of everything in the leaves but gives a less bitter, grassy flavor and results in a cup that is much smoother in flavor.

    Also, as any Chinese or Japanese person would say about tea, always use high quality water when making your brew because low-quality water with lots of contaminants can negatively impact the flavor of your beverage. This is true when you realize that the nasty shit in your water is indeed getting into your tea. So at the very least you want a good filter to filter your mate water.

    Yeah, yeah... You can mock me all I want. I know I'm a nerd with this stuff.
    "The cling and a clang is the metal in my head when I walk. I hear a sort of, this tinging noise - cling clang. The cling clang. So many things happen while walking. The metal in my head clangs and clings as I walk - freaks my balance out. So the natural thought is just clogged up. Totally clogged up. So we need to unplug these dams, and make the the natural flow... It sort of freaks me out. We need to unplug the dams. You cannot stop the natural flow of thought with a cling and a clang..."

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    Omg guys I'm drooling... Putting the hot water kettle on.

    That must be why I like mate. I prefer black to green/white most of the time, though I'll drink them all (kinda like liquor hehe). There's just more depth, variance, and personality in the darker varieties.

    Although, in Jeju, Korea, they toast their green teas. Korean tea in general is a wholenother beast. The royalty banned "tea" for everyone else (go figure), so they got really creative. If you have a chance to try some of the odder types definitely do. I'd skip a lot of the grain teas, not because of paleo, because let's be honest, grok didn't sip earl grey OR scotch. I do lol. But the grain teas are honestly pretty bland. My favorite Korean "teas" are the herbs, flowers, and berries. Omija is my favorite, and it's made with a berry, very tart and a little winey.

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