Share Yerba Mate Traditional-style: Seven Tips Posted on 05 Dec 11:10 , 0 comments

Sharing traditional yerba mate is a magical way to strengthen community and invigorate your day. It doesn't have to be intimidating. The people of South America have been enjoying yerba mate this way for millenia.

Yerba Mate with Bombilla

1. A lot of yerba mate goes into a gourd. There's plenty to pass around. Share a mate with a small group of friends and family.

2. Take your time, but don't take anyone else's. There is a slow, steady rhythm to share yerba mate. Give, receive, replenish, repeat. Give, receive, replenish, repeat.

3. Hold the mate like a perfectly ripe tomato just plucked from the vine. Revel in its warmth and gentle roundness. There's no need to touch the straw.

4. Music sounds better through great speakers. Walking feels better in a great pair of shoes. Use great water for great yerba mate.

5. Learn the sound of your teapot's voice. Water, just before it boils, trembles. It will tell you when it's ready for yerba mate. Hot but never boiling.

6. A splash of cool water is traditionally added to the dry yerba mate before the first hot water is added. This softens the herb and gets it ready for steeping.

7. There's a wonderful paradox about yerba mate: Small pours are more generous. They make the flavor of the yerba mate last longer. A small pour says, "Come. Share yerba mate with me. It's been too long."

Go here for the step-by-step yerba mate preparation instructions.