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Origin: Santo Domingo Savio, San Ignacio, Misiones, Argentina
Producer: Kraus S.A.
Cut: Classical Argentine (low powder)
Body: Light (fruity)
Grown: Organic (USDA) Lote 292
Water Temp: 140–160ºF / 70ºC
Every once in a while you find a well balanced yerba. Kraus Orgánic, with soft layers of fruit that keep you guessing alongside richer layers of soil, compost, and barnyard, we experience a highly complex flavor corpus that’s anything but obvious and direct.
The soil, the organic growing standards, the grower, and the processing methods, must all come into play here. Kraus has a signature bright and snappy green effervescence that’s akin to the creaminess only found in true Cuban cigars. Tastes that aren’t easy to replicate.
During the mid cycles, we flow through a cascading drizzle of all manner of fruity things: berries, apricots, figs, pink cotton candy, lemon, red roble wine. The floral side bleeds into a heavier, with touches of oak, soil, decomposing leaves. Then there’s the essence of sipping mate in a plant nursery and old shed or barnyard—a musty malaise wafting over the palate, like a fine and funky cheese. The finish is softly sour, lacking teething, leaving you with a sappy mouthfeel, allowing the subtle flavors to coalesce and mingle while you ponder the meaning of a “Matero.”
Using a well constructed spoon bombilla — creating just enough resistance to concentrate the flavors — and allowing the yerba to brew for 10–15 seconds within the gourd, shows the true nature of this cogent yerba while fully expressed. Such an expression is aided with under-heated mate water, in the 150ºF range–anything above 170–180ºF and you’ll be kissing all that fruit goodbye.
Kraus Orgánic and Liebig Original are some of the best representations of naturally sweet and fruity yerbas that offer expansive ranges of flavors, both in depth and width. Lovers of Piporé Traditional and lighter ervas from Southern Brazil – heck, even Del Cebador — would also appreciate Kraus.