Mate cups come in all shapes, sizes, and materials: from bone to silicone, wood to ceramic, glass, metal and gourd.
We have a guide on how to prepare yerba mate and everything you need to start drinking yerba mate including: What type of mate cup, what to look for in a bombilla, and types of yerba.
As a yerba mate newbie, you may find your first mate a little intimidating. From what style of mate to make, what yerba to buy, what bombilla and mate to use, and how to prepare it, there’s a lot to think about. Today we’ll break down the process so that you can choose your first yerba mate to try – and actually enjoy it, too.
Go on, put on the kettle. By the time your water is ready, you’ll be ready to tackle making your first yerba mate.
Mate (pronounced ma-teh) is a caffeinated drink made of leaves and stems of Yerba mate (I. paraguariensis) and usually, hot water. It has been consumed in South America for centuries, and today it is still highly popular in countries such as Argentina, parts of Chile, South of Brazil (where mate is known as chimarrão), Paraguay and Uruguay.