How it works

If you would like to give mate a try but don’t know exactly how, start scrolling.
Mate kit illustrationMate kit illustration

Source it

You need:
  • Gourd | They come in different shapes and materials. The traditional gourd is made out of dry pumpkin. The material of the recipient will provide a slight different flavour.
  • Straw | Unlike a normal straw, this one has a filter at the end so that the yerba herbs don’t get in.
  • Yerba Mate | Depending on the country of origin you can find different flavours.
  • Flask | Or kettle to keep the water warm.

Prepare it

There is a very nice clip from the series Mozart in the Jungle which explains how mate is prepared in South America.

Everything is pretty accurate, except for the ‘spitting of the first sip’, I personally never heard of anyone doing that! In fact, the very first poured mate is called ‘the mate of the dumb’ as it is the strongest one, and it is normally drunk by the host.
As the Queen of Mateland, I have the power of the water!
Illustration of cebadora thinking of herself as a queen due to the powers granted to her for her role in the mate ritualIllustration of cebadora thinking of herself as a queen due to the powers granted to her for her role in the mate ritual

Drink it

Mate is primarily a social drink, and everyone drinks from the same gourd. To start, you need to assign someone the role of the ‘cebador’ o 'cebadora’, this is the person who is in charge of brewing the mate and passing it on to the next person in turn.

If you are going to drink with someone who is a mate expert here are some other rules you should probably be aware of.
pile of yerba
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