Mate is more than an exotic tea. Its preparation and consumption have some elements of ritual or even ceremony. If you want to know what to expect, keep reading, and keep in mind that the ‘mate etiquette’ varies from place to place, so do not be afraid of asking!
Mate is a versatile drink and there many ways of preparing it, depending on the type of yerba mate and liquid you use. There is a huge variety of yerba: with or without stems, finely ground or roughly cut, flavored, sweetened, blended with other herbs. Mate can be drunk with water – hot or cold -, milk or even juice. However, the most popular and traditional way of preparing mate is plain, with hot water. Here’s how to prepare yerba mate.