How to Prepare Mate

How to Make Cold Brewed Yerba Mate Tea

by Dave Mate on Oct 14,2015 in How to Prepare Mate

Icy-cold and insanely refreshing, cold brewing yerba mate is quickly becoming one of my favorite ways to prepare yerba mate. Over the years we’ve discussed myriad ways to prepare mate, whether it’s with a french press, tea pot, infuser, and my earlier methods for making yerba mate iced tea, or continuing the tradition of the […]

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How to Roast Yerba Mate at Home

by Dave Mate on May 16,2015 in How to Prepare Mate

Today we’ll show you how to roast yerba mate at home in your own oven. Ever try roasted mate? If you haven’t, oh man…, you’re missing out on some real deliciousness. Roasted mate tastes a bit like dark roasted coffee. It’s super rich and bold, with subtle caramel tones. Give it a shot. We used […]

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How to Make Cold Brewed Yerba Mate

by Dave Mate on May 07,2015 in How to Prepare Mate

Who doesn’t like iced tea? It’s the perfect summer drink. Cold. Sweet. And super refreshing. Can’t beat that… Today let’s bump up your typical, boring iced tea powder to the next level. Move over Lipton. Step aside Snapple. Watch out Arizona. Circle of Drink’s Lemon (matefrio) Iced Tea is a game changer. This won’t be […]

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How to use a yerba mate bombilla (straw)

by Dave Mate on Jan 13,2015 in How to Prepare Mate

There are two requisites for drinking yerba mate traditionally: A yerba mate gourd or cup, historically made from a hollowed squash or piece of wood. A bombilla (pronounced either bom-BEE-yah or bom-BEE-sha, depending on the spanish dialect). It’s a convenient metal straw with a filter, used to draw up hot, infused mate from the gourd. […]

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How to Brew Yerba Mate Ice Tea (Tereré)

by Dave Mate on Aug 15,2013 in How to Prepare Mate

Yerba mate ice tea is the national beverage of Paraguay. Yes, Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil (Southern), have also made it their national beverage of choice. (See how great this plant is?) However, Paraguay is the reigning champ when it comes to tereré, or what we’d simply call cold yerba mate. Paraguay is the Tony Soprano […]

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Preparing Yerba Mate with a Teapot

by Dave Mate on Mar 25,2013 in How to Prepare Mate

I’ve always been a simple gourd and yerba Matero: preparing mate the most traditional way, with either a calabash or wooden mate gourd and bombilla. But with old traditions come new traditions. Mate is expanding and it’s no longer necessary to limit yourself to the gourd. In South America, the gourd is still the mainstay. […]

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Adding Sugar to Yerba Mate

by Dave Mate on Mar 04,2013 in How to Prepare Mate

New Mate drinkers often wonder whether it’s okay to add sugar or other sweeteners in their Mate or not? The simple answer is: sure! It’s your Mate; add whatever you want. If you like sweet flavors, then sweeten your gourd till you’re content. No problema! But is it healthy? That’s another question, entirely. It’s common […]

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Unplugging the Mate

by Dave Mate on Nov 13,2012 in How to Prepare Mate

There are many reasons to unplug the bombilla from the mate, either partially or fully. The server needs to constantly maintain space around the bombilla, while preserving the precious mountain of mate. At times, it’ll be necessary to totally remove the bombilla after taking a few hard slurps, then replace it in an superior position. […]

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Flooding the Mate

by Dave Mate on Nov 05,2012 in How to Prepare Mate

When you flood the mate, you add water over your mountain of mate and immerse all of the yerba. This is an alternative to bombilla hemisphere switching and, if done properly and at the right time, can be just as effective in prolonging the cycle length of your mate.

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Simple Way to Prepare Mate

by Dave Mate on Nov 05,2012 in How to Prepare Mate

Below is a simple way how to prepare yerba mate.

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The Server Remains Low

by Dave Mate on Oct 31,2012 in How to Prepare Mate

As the server, never lose your purity of heart. Your vibrations must be of such a high frequency, that you pick everyone up off their feet. Which is also to say, you must remain the lowest, most meek, humble servant. Only in service to others can you rise as the steam does each gourd. Only […]

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How to Use the Mate Bombilla

by Dave Mate on Oct 10,2012 in How to Prepare Mate

In this video on bombilla hemisphere switching, I show you how to use your bombilla while drinking yerba mate. The main idea is to keep your waterhole clear and to always maintain your mountain of mate. Pull out your bombilla from New York and place it directly in Argentina, then remold your new mountain of […]

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Yerba Mate is the HEALTHIEST DRINK in the WORLD!

by Matéo on Jan 23,2012 in How to Prepare Mate

Yerba Mate: Practically all of the vitamins necessary to sustain life This isn’t a chemistry lesson, and I’m not someone with a scientific background (bear with me!), but I’m going to do my best to explain several chemicals, compounds, molecules, and vitamins that are key to Yerba Mate’s chemical composition, which makes it one of […]

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