How to prepare Maté

Yerba mate growing in the wild.
Yerba mate growing in the wild. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are many ways of preparing Yerba Maté, ranging from traditional methods to those using a coffee maker, tea filter or french press.

Here we will show you how to prepare Yerba Maté in the traditional Argentine way using the special cup, called a gourd (as seen above) and a traditional bombilla (a metal filtered straw that is used for drinking Yerba Maté).

Start by placing the yerba mate leaves into the gourd until the cup is around two-thirds full. Next. move the leaves over to one side so that there is an empty ‘well-like’ space in which to pour the water.

Now add just enough cold water to the space to moisten the yerba mate leaves and leave to site for a few minutes so that the leaves can absorb the water.

Español: Yerba mate (Ilex paraguariensis) y bo...
Español: Yerba mate (Ilex paraguariensis) y bombilla dentro de un calabacín (también llamado “poro”) teñido de rojo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Finally add hot water to the empty space, allowing the leaves to brew in the water for around three minutes. The bombilla (metal straw) can then be used to sip the tea from the gourd. Additional water can be added and the process can be repeated as needed.

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