Choosing Your First Yerba Mate to Try

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.

Using Yerba Mate as Fertilizer

Using Yerba Mate as Fertilizer

Throwing used yerba mate directly into the garden is very common practice, and many believe it serves as a natural fertilizer. In this article, we explain why this is not recommended and what to do instead.

Everything About Yerba Mate Production

From Seed to Drink: Everything About Yerba Mate Production

While technology has contributed to the efficiency of the whole production process, historian Javier Ricca has stated that mate’s taste, aroma, and quality has not necessarily improved. According to him, we’re probably drinking a mate that is as tasteful as the indigenous communities in the 16th century and earlier.

The History and Origins of Yerba Mate

Mate is a beverage made with water and processed yerba mate leaves. Yerba mate is a species of Illex with the botanical name Ilex paraguariensis. It grows in the north of Argentina, Paraguay, and south of Brazil.

What’s the Best Water Temperature for Yerba Mate?

What’s the Best Water Temperature for Yerba Mate?

Water is an essential, yet overlooked part of mate drinking. The quality of the water, its temperature, and even how it’s poured on the mate are all factors that will alter the drink’s performance, taste and health benefits.

The Best Insulated Drink Bottle / Thermos for Yerba Mate

We have previously talked about the basic mate kit and how to create one targeted for travelling. In this article we’ll help you select an insulated water bottle or thermos, a non-essential, yet a crucial tool for modern-day mate drinking.

How to Travel with Yerba Mate

The mate-on-the-go-kit has four essential components: a mate cup, a bombilla, yerba mate and a thermos. But what type of mate cup, bombilla and thermos are the best to travel with?

The Terminology of Yerba Mate

The Terminology of Yerba Mate

As you might guess by now, there is a huge culture around mate and with it comes a number of specific terms. Here are some of them that can ease you into the matero’s world.

The Dos and Don’ts of Drinking Yerba Mate

The Dos and Don’ts of Drinking Yerba Mate

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!