Does Yerba Mate Expire or Go Stale?

Wondering if Yerba Mate Expires? Let’s find out Yerba mate technically can expire if it’s not stored in a cool and dry place. When mate is stored in a dry area, it can become brittle and flaky, and subtle flavors are destroyed. If  it’s stored Read More

What’s the Best Water Temperature for Yerba Mate?

Generally, the best water temperature for yerba mate tea is between 155ºF – 175ºF (68ºC – 70ºC). The lighter the body, the lower the temperature should be, to avoid masking flavors with heat. Also, scientists are confirming that water that has been brought to a Read More

Ideas for Blending Yerba Mate Tea

All Kinds of Flavors Yerba mate is a wonderful experience in and of itself. Adding herbs into the mate can create blends that invigorate your senses and intensify the experience. Blending herbs and using herbs as tea has been a ritual that’s been around for Read More

Beginner’s Guide to Yerba Mate Tea

Getting started with yerba mate is simple. Grab yourself a handful of mate, add the herb into a frenchpress, teapot, or traditional mate gourd,  then add hot water (or make it cold), wait a few minutes, then enjoy. That’s all you need to start drinking Read More

Yerba Mate Too Bitter? Try Adding these Zesty Herbs

If yerba mate is too bitter for you, add a natural sweetener such as raw honey, agave, cane sugar, or brown sugar. These sugars are lower on the glycemic index than traditional white sugar and immediately cut through the natural bitterness of yerba mate. And why Read More

You Don’t Have to Cure your Yerba Mate Gourd

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to cure your yerba mate gourd. The gourd will naturally cure on its own with daily use and attentively allowing the gourd to dry each night. Mold and mildew may occur—this is expected and normal. Within a few Read More

Argentine Calabash vs Brazilian Cuia – Yerba Mate Gourds

Argentine calabash gourds and Brazilian cuias are both made from the hollowed and dried squash plant. In Argentina, these gourds are shaped without a wide brim and are usually harder; the Brazilian cuia has a significantly larger form with a wide brim and the gourd Read More

How to Make Cold Brewed Yerba Mate Tea

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 Read More

Yerba Mate Cycles Explained

Understanding Yerba Mate Cycles The yerba mate cycle is the strength of the yerba mate. The stronger the mate, the longer the cycle. Cycle also refers to each time you completely finish one gourd of yerba mate. Every varietal and brand of yerba mate has Read More

The Best Water Temperature for Yerba Mate

Finding the right yerba mate water temperature is both art and science. Rising early to grab my trusted brushed stainless steel OXO kettle, I unapologetically select the finest water at my disposal. Whether it’s alkalinized 9.5 pH Kangen water or a jug of glacier water from Read More

How to Roast Yerba Mate at Home

Roasting yerba mate at home is simple. Lightly grease a baking tray with oil (coconut oil works well). Spread an even layer of yerba mate across the tray (~.25 in deep). Pre-heat over to 350ºF (convection is preferable). Insert tray on middle rack for 5–8 Read More

How to Make Cold Brewed Yerba Mate

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How to use a yerba mate bombilla (straw)

First select the correct bombilla for your yerba mate cut. After inverting your mate gourd, revert it back to 45º, creating a slope of dry yerba mate; insert the bombilla alongside slope, with spout facing opposing side of slope (towards you); add hot water into Read More

Selecting a Wooden Yerba Mate Gourd

The good ol’ wooden yerba mate gourd. It’s been with me since the beginning and I haven’t looked back since. Drinking an herbal infusion from a part a tree is special experience. A wooden yerba mate gourd is the perfect vessel for drinking mate the Read More

How to Care For Your Wooden Yerba Mate Cup

We’ve spoken about how to select the best wooden yerba mate gourd for you, now let’s delve into protecting and maintaining your mate gourd. It’s the mate drinker’s greatest friend. The vessel we come back to over and over again. The wooden, metal, or squash Read More