The Way of Rio Grande do Sul
While living in Porto Alegre, Brazil, during the spring of 2020, the Sabado Cup Original was by my side every day. Once you start drinking from a cuia, it’s not easy to stop. Butter-smooth and leathery to the touch with gorgeously complex natural patterning, these locally grown cuias are hand-harvest and hand-crafted with natural rubber and chrome accents for a touch of modernity.
A true representation of Rio Grande do Sul, where no where else in the world erva mate and chimmarão is celebrated with such passion and pride. In Southern Brazil erva is more than a plant, it’s a lifestyle of family, community, and respect for the land.
Enjoy everything you need to get started on your Erva Journey — traditional cuia, high filter-count bombilla, and erva of choice.
Everything You Need on Your Erva Journey
Gourmet Erva Mate Selection
Sabado Cup Copita Dimensions
- Brim width: 4 – 4.5 in, 10 cm
- Height: 4.25 in, 11.4 cm
- Width: 3–3.75 in, 8.9 cm
- Weight: 150g
- Capacity (3/4s full dry yerba): 40–50g
Size and shape may vary, as each piece has its own natural characteristics.
Kit Includes (*optional items also listed)
- Locally sourced Brazilian cuia gourd made from squash, natural food-safe rubber, chrome plated ring base.
- Grazie Puro 9 in, 23 cm stainless steel bomba with high filter count
- *Larga (or Fino, depending on particular cuia shape) Mate Shaper
- Preciso Mate Shaper
- Erva mate of choice
*We’ll select the correct Mate Shaper for your cuia by selecting “let us decide”.
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.
Each piece is unique and special. The Original is the most traditional shape. For shorter, we offer Copita. Cuias with a longer neck, we offer Chalice. Obrigado!
How to Prepare Traditional Yerba or Brazilian Erva