Does Yerba Mate Tea Expire or Go Stale?

by David Askaripour on Apr 12,2018 in Guides

Ever ask the questions, does yerba mate go stale? Sure, I bet you have. That’s why you’re here. The short answer is: yes. But the accurate answer is: no, hardly ever. How to Properly Store Yerba Mate Tea Allow me to extrapolate. If you store your yerba mate in a cool, dark, and dry location […]

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Beginner’s Guide to Yerba Mate Tea

by David Askaripour on Feb 20,2017 in Guides

One of my favorite books is Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind by Suzuki. It’s a lesson on, no matter how experienced or seasoned you’ve become in any of life’s many arenas, humbly returning back to the basics and once again starting with a fresh pair of eyes; a renewed mind; and revitalized energy to continue building […]

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Yerba Mate Too Bitter? Try Adding these Zesty Herbs

by David Askaripour on Jan 19,2017 in Guides

“I want to love yerba mate but it’s too bitter, what do I do?” Someone recently asked me that and it’s true, yerba mate is naturally bitter. Personally, I love the bitterness. It’s not just “bitter,” but also sweet, complex, and infused with all sorts of subtle tastes, aromas, textures, and profiles. But we aren’t […]

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You Don’t Have to Cure your Yerba Mate Gourd

by David Askaripour on Jan 14,2017 in Guides

The yerba mate gourd is the most traditional way of experiencing yerba mate. Oh man, I remember it like it was yesterday. My friend in Argentina pulled out a calabash gourd from his pantry and said “Here you go, Dave. Here’s your first gourd.” What an honor. Over seven years later, I’m still sipping mate […]

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Argentine Calabash vs Brazilian Cuia – Yerba Mate Gourds

by David Askaripour on Jan 13,2016 in Guides

“Every yerba mate drinker needs a calabash gourd.” Yup, that’s what I’ve told almost every serious Matero (yerba mate enthusiast) that has asked me which gourd to go with over the years. Granted, it’s much easier to use a glass, silicone, or wooden gourd, since they dry easily and you don’t have to worry about […]

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Where can I buy yerba mate in Houston? Find out here.

by David Askaripour on Nov 30,2015 in Guides

From the fecund Eastern forests of Paraguay to the frenzied metropolis of Buenos Aires, Argentina, yerba mate tea has righteously wafted beyond the once unknown little holly plant solely consumed by the Guaraní and neighboring tribes within the Southern Cone (Southern regions of South America) to a staple tea for millions of people around the […]

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Yerba Mate Cycles Explained

by David Askaripour on Oct 11,2015 in Guides

Understanding Yerba Mate Cycles Every varietal and brand of yerba mate has its own strength. Mates such as Mission, Galaxy, and Canarias have long cycles. What’s a yerba mate cycle, you ask? Simple. Yerba mate cycles are determined by how long the mate retains its strength (flavors/body) throughout the duration of a 1-liter thermos, assuming […]

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The Best Water Temperature for Yerba Mate

by David Askaripour on Aug 31,2015 in Guides

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 the neighborhood Whole Foods, I’ve come to terms that water […]

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Here’s How to Make Friends in Buenos Aires

by Matero Erik on Feb 12,2014 in Guides

The Paris of South America has been affectionately attributed to Buenos Aires, the capital city of Argentina. And after a few days there, you’ll begin to see how truly beautiful and mesmerizing Argentina can be. With a predominance of second and third generation Italian and Spanish decedents, Argentina isn’t your regular South American cup of […]

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Where to Buy Yerba Mate in: San Diego, California

by Matero Erik on Jan 25,2014 in Guides

So you want to know where you can buy yerba mate in San Diego? No worries! We got you covered. Whether you’re seeking a few local spots to purchase organic yerba mate or if you’d like to shop for yerba mate online, we’ll provide you with all the options you need to get started drinking […]

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The Official Yerba Mate Buying Guide

by Matero Erik on Jan 11,2014 in Guides

Welcome to The Official Yerba Mate Buying Guide, where you’ll easily learn everything you need to buy yerba mate and start drinking like a True Mate Drinker, also known as a Matero (pronounced MAH-ter-ROW). Maybe you’ve just heard about Yerba Mate, maybe you’re still asking “what is yerba mate?,” or maybe you have had some […]

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Pop Your Mate Cherry

by David Askaripour on Nov 29,2011 in Guides

Matt from Circle of Drink hosted a fun and educational mate circle last weekend with new mate drinkers from Long Island, New York. It was simple, fresh, enlightening, and, as always, magical. I popped my head in for a second to explain some of the origins and history of yerba mate, but for the most […]

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