How to use a yerba mate bombilla (straw)

by David Askaripour on Jan 13,2015 in Mateware

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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Selecting a Wooden Yerba Mate Gourd

by David Askaripour on Nov 17,2014 in Mateware

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 traditional way. Which wooden yerba mate gourd is right for […]

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How to Care For Your Wooden Yerba Mate Cup

by David Askaripour on Jul 14,2014 in Mateware

It’s the mate drinker’s greatest friend. The vessel we come back to over and over again. The wooden, metal, or squash cup. The home of the yerba mate. It’s our mate cup! Or better known as, the yerba mate gourd. You’ve probably already heard about curing a mate gourd. Most gourds will need to be […]

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Mold in Yerba Mate Gourd? Here’s How to Save it.

by David Askaripour on Aug 13,2013 in Mateware

Green, furry, and slimly. Could it be a slug? Some little critter on your lawn? Or nasty soup your mom just plopped down on the table. Yum…But in our case, unfortunately, it’s mold growing in our favorite drinking vessel: the yerba mate gourd. DAMNIT!! No bueno. But chill. I got you! Ways for dealing with […]

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Caring for Your Calabash Mate Gourd

by David Askaripour on Apr 23,2013 in Mateware

The calabash! Nothing else like it. It’s the most traditional way of drinking yerba mate. For thousands of years the ancient tribes of Paraguay, the Guaraní, have been using the hollowed and dried squash plant as a vessel for mate. It’s the original yerba mate gourd. Centuries later, we’re still using it. It’s simple, elegant, […]

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The Art of Yerba Mate Bombillas

by David Askaripour on Jul 01,2012 in Mateware

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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Coiled vs Fanned Mate Bombillas

by David Askaripour on Feb 17,2012 in Mateware

Ever since Mate Factor sent me one of their bombillas back in 2010, I’ve been using it daily. It’s been my de facto bombilla. The certified, official, trusty Circle of Drink bombilla… Fine, okay… it’s just a damn good bombilla. It’s one of those with the fanned filter with the horizontal slices. The tip of […]

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Selecting A Yerba Mate Gourd

by David Askaripour on Nov 28,2011 in Mateware

Like most mate drinkers, I started out with a typical mate gourd made from the hollowed and dried end of a calabash squash. These gourds appear to be the most traditional way of drinking mate and for well over a year I stuck with them, mainly because I didn’t know of any other options. From […]

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