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

Types of Yerba Mate Tea Explained

There are many types of yerba mate tea, just like wine, tea, and olives. Yerba mate is grown in Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay, and each country has their own styles of yerba mate. Argentine yerba mate is herbaceous and bold; Uruguayan yerba mate is malty; Read More

Introduction to Chimarrão, Brazilian Yerba Mate

What is Chimarrão Brazilian Yerba Mate? Chim-A-What…? Yeah, I know. That was my reaction the first time I heard about Brazilian yerba mate. It’s pronounced “she-ma-HOWN” and sometimes spelled without the tilde mark as chimarrao. Basically, chimarrão is the term for traditional yerba mate from Read More