Archive | July, 2012

The Trustworthy Yerba: Piporé

Piporé — 3.90 of 5 palos — reviewed 7/26/2012 Type: Traditional, con palo Region: Santo Pipó, Misiones, Argentina Gourd Type: Wooden Description This traditional Argentine yerba is buttery smooth, with a clean, consistent taste. Softly spoken with bready undertones overlaid with herbal and grassy notes, making this for a well-balanced yerba with good structure and […]

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Holy Mate in Tajik Mountains

Holy, holy, holy, MATE! I recently went hiking in the majestic mountains of Tajikistan, and you know that I had to bring some Mate with me. Ecoteas’ Holy Mate is infused with Tulsi and Peppermint, which give it a unique taste with a particular kick. A few of my friends loved it, much more than […]

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Meta Mate Traditional

Meta Mate — 3.60 of 5 palos — reviewed 7/16/2012 Type: Traditional, con palos. February 2012 Harvest. Region: Brazil Reviewed with: Ceramic Gourd Description This Brazilian yerba is smoked with mate wood, showing a strong smoky and charcoal character. I feel like I’m at a campfire smoking an oily maduro cigar while sipping an espresso—bold! […]

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Yerba Mate & Horseback Riding in Tajikistan

Mate, the truly universal drink. I’ve been spreading it to more and more people, and I still can’t get over the feeling of seeing someone take their first sip of the beautiful way of life that Mate is. Yes, way of life, because to just refer to it as a drink doesn’t do it anymore, […]

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Yerba Mate in TAJIKISTAN: Lake Varzab

My friends, my friends, my friends. I am currently on another adventure, and brought Mate along with me. I’m living in Tajikistan for the summer, and made sure to pack a few lbs of Yerba for the ride. Unfortunately, and I had to leave a lot of great Mates back in America. But, I was […]

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The Art of Yerba Mate Bombillas

Bombilla, pronounced “Bom-Bee-Sha,” the word literally means “straw” in Castellano. Without the bombilla, there’s no drinking mate. It’s an essential tool when drinking yerba traditionally out of a mate (gourd). Unless you’re drinking mate cocido, bagged mate, then forget about making mate without your bombilla. With bombilla styles, you have a few options: fanned, coiled, […]

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