Having learned from the Guarani people, James May preferred the robust sweetness of the loose Yerba Maté Royale® tea sipped through a bombilla.
Jim was a prolific writer. He began his daily research and writing by 5:30 a.m. with a special elixir he devised. He put a pinch of loose Pau d’Arco in a 3 1/2 cup mug, added 3 heaping tablespoons of Yerba Maté Royale® and then added the contents from one tea bag of Pau d’Arco and one of stevia and poured them into the mug.
He then added just enough mildly warm water to moisten the herbal blend, which softens the surface of the herbs, opens their pores and prepares them to release their treasure of nutrients. This sits while the rest of the water is heating to the point of a steaming, but not boiling, temperature.
After the hot water is added, he allowed the brew to steep for a few minutes. May often squeezed half a lemon into the brew. Sometimes May added to the beverage a few short sprigs of rosemary or peppermint leaves for additional flavor and wellness benefits.
May sipped this brew through his bombilla while he studied and wrote in his home office before going to his business office.
When the mug was empty, he refilled it with hot water and continued the process. Most people who prefer the loose Yerba Maté Royale® like it just as it is, right out of the box. However, May always suggested a little Pau d’Arco be added.
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