A beginner's guide: How to use and consume Yerba Mate
Yerba Mate, a South American herbal tea, has gained popularity worldwide for its unique flavor and energizing properties. If you're wondering how to use and consume Yerba Mate, you're in the right place. In this simple guide, we'll walk you through the basics to become a real matero!
1. The essentials to brew Yerba Mate
Start by gathering your Yerba Mate supplies: a mate gourd or cup, a bombilla (metal straw with a filter), and Yerba Mate leaves. You can find these items at many health food stores or directly on our online store.
2. Prepare Your Mate
Fill your mate gourd or cup about two-thirds full with Yerba Mate leaves. Tilt it to create a slope, with more leaves on one side. This will help you control the infusion.
3. Insert the Bombilla
Insert the bombilla into the Yerba Mate, positioning it against the slope. This keeps the leaves in place and allows you to sip the tea through the straw.
4. Add Hot Water
Pour hot (not boiling) water (about 150-160°F or 65-70°C) into the mate until it covers the leaves. Sip the first infusion slowly, enjoying the earthy flavor.
5. Refill and Share
Keep refilling the mate with hot water for additional infusions until the leaves lose flavor (we always say 15 times max).
6. Enjoy the Experience
Yerba Mate is more than just a beverage; it's a cultural experience. Sip and savor this plant while connecting with others. Yerba Mate is a social drink, so share it with friends and family.
Now that you know how to use and consume Yerba Mate, you can enjoy this delightful tea while embracing its rich traditions. Whether you're seeking an energy boost or a soothing moment, Yerba Mate has something for everyone.
If you'd like to learn more about the traditional method, we invite you to read: 4 mistakes to avoid when preparing mate!
Viva La Yerba Mate!