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What is Yerba Mate?

Yerba Mate, a traditional South American drink, has been enjoyed for centuries. It is a beverage made from the leaves of the yerba mate plant, which is native to the rainforests of South America. The leaves are dried, ground, and then steeped in hot water to create a flavorful and invigorating drink.

Traditional Preparation: Gourd and Bombilla

The most traditional way to prepare and drink yerba mate is with a gourd and bombilla. A gourd is a hollowed-out vessel made from a dried calabash squash, while a bombilla is a metal straw with a filter at the bottom. The gourd is filled with yerba mate leaves, hot water is poured over the leaves, and then the drinker sips the mate through the bombilla.  You may also use a cup instead of a gourd.  Seriously it's okay to do this.  My friend is Argentinian and a badass climber, multiple El Capitan climbs and years of his life sleeping outside under the stars.  He was born and raised in Argentine and he uses a small insulated camping cup. I use a Yeti wine camping cup because it's shaped like a gourd and doesn't break or crack in my backpack when traveling.  

Mate Cocido: French Press or Tea Ball

If you prefer a simpler preparation method, you can use a French press or a tea ball to make mate cocido. Mate cocido is a brewed version of yerba mate that is similar to tea. Simply place the yerba mate leaves in the French press or tea ball, add hot water, and let it steep for a few minutes. Then, press the plunger on the French press or remove the tea ball, and your mate cocido is ready to be enjoyed.

Cold Brew Mate

For those hot Texas summer days, cold brew mate is a refreshing option. To make cold brew mate, simply place yerba mate leaves in a pitcher of cold water and let it steep in the refrigerator overnight 12-24 hours is best. The next day, strain the leaves and pour the cold brew mate over ice. It's a perfect way to stay cool and enjoy the benefits of yerba mate.

Mr. Coffee Maker Method

For the unconventional mate enthusiasts, there is the Mr. Coffee maker method. Some people like to use their coffee maker to prepare yerba mate. My Friend Bob loves this method! Simply add yerba mate leaves to the coffee filter, fill the coffee maker with water, and let it brew. While this method may not be traditional, it can still result in a delicious cup of mate.

At Ganas, we believe that the most important thing is for you to enjoy yerba mate in a way that suits your taste and preferences. Whether you choose the traditional gourd and bombilla, the convenient French press or tea ball, the refreshing cold brew method, or even the Mr. Coffee maker method, the choice is yours. So go ahead, explore the different ways to prepare and drink yerba mate, and savor the rich flavors and energizing effects of this ancient beverage.

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