The Circle is our Whole World
The genesis of Circle of Drink formed in 2011 after founder, Dave Mate, started building a relationship with mate in Spring 2009 while studying in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Since then, a diverse world of beautiful ervas and yerbas across South America, handcrafted gourds, cuias, bombas and bombillas, incredibly talented artists and vendors, sincere farmers and families and a spectacular array of folks across the globe has manifested into a powerful community of Materos. In this world, everyone is welcome. Always and forever. No boundaries can exist here.
This special cuia, handcrafted in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, and adorned with our Welcome to the Circle mantra and warped logo enveloped by yerba mate leaves, represents our commitment of inclusivity and openness, no matter race, geography, weirdness, status, whatever makes you, you!
This New World where No Boundaries can Exist
Only 25 pieces have been produced. All purchases are final and no returns accepted due to the limited collection. In the event that the gourd leaks, credit may be issued.
- Brim width: 4.2 in, 10.75 cm
- Body width: 3.5–4 in, 9.5 cm
- Base width: 2.3 in, 6 cm
- Depth: 4–5 in, 11.4 cm
- Height: 5–6 in, 13.9 cm
- Weight: 195 g
- Capacity (3/4s full dry yerba): 50g
- Capacity (liquid): 8oz
- Editons: 25
*Size, shape and hue may vary, as each piece has its own natural characteristics.
Locally sourced Brazilian cuia / squash; embossed pattern metal base.
Grazie Bronze 9in, 23cm; Simone Round
Erva / Yerba Pairings
Excellent for all erva types and works particularly well with Classical Argentine yerbas. Highly versatile vessel.
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Allow the Natural Curing Process
No need to cure your cuia with any particular method. The vessel will naturally cure on its own, within three months, depending on your climate (faster in drier weather). Some mold and mildew is perfectly normal, as the excess plant material inside the vessel breaks down with use. After several weeks, you’ll notice a uniform dark hue and the cuia will begin to dry rapidly after each use. Most mate drinkers continue to use the cuia throughout the entire process, but you may also alternate between vessels during this process. If you are totally against mold and oxidation, then we recommend you select a metal or wooden vessel.
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How to Prepare Traditional Yerba or Brazilian Erva