Yerba Mate Guide

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.

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.

Thermos

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.

yerba mate tea in traditional calabash gourd

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?

Who drinks mate

Past and Present: Who Drinks Mate?

Mate has been drunk in South America for centuries, before the Spanish colonization. It was originally consumed by the Guaraní people, who lived in what today is Paraguay, north of Argentina, South of Brazil and parts of Uruguay and Bolivia.

Argentinian man drinking mate ourdoors in Buenos Aires city, Argentina

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.

Woman offering yerba mate drink at home

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!

Yerba mate in a bowl and cup with oranges and lemon on the side

How to Prepare Tereré (cold mate)

Called tereré, it’s the Paraguayan official drink – and since 2011, it is considered part of their cultural heritage. It is also commonly drunk in the north of Argentina and Southeast of Brazil. It is, indeed, a great option for summer days.

Yerba mate in a gourd and tea pot in the background

Taking Care of Your Yerba Mate Kit

Learn how to prepare your mate cup to be used for the first time, cleaning the mate, and bombilla. Finally, how to store your yerba mate.

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