insanitylater wrote:i got mine from wegmans which may get their loose tea from ito: en. so do you use a bit of cool water first ?
Sorry, missed that the first time. While I'm waiting for the water to boil, I run hot water through the teapot to warm it. I just don't empty it all the way when it's done, leaving a tiny bit in the bottom. I put the Mate in that and then add near boiling water to it.
I'm not one to use multiple steepings so can't answer that. Usually I drink it at work and the 16oz. lasts awhile so don't want any more after it's gone.
I think with Mate, more is better. Considering that the original "recipe" is a couple of tablespoons into the gourd is where I base my tablespoon theory from.
I just found teaspoons to be too weak for me, but enjoy it whatever way you want to.