Yerba Mate, Mate?
Posted by Cool Your Jets IV on September 21, 2010
In preparation of my imminent arrival in South America I’ve dug out a present that Simon brought back from South America for me: A Gourd (Mate) & Bombilla along with a packet of Yerba Mate…
Across the whole of South America, particularly Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Brazil and Chile, Mate is enjoyed socially with friends and/or family. Now being a complete novice, (though schooled by Simon) I’m getting ready to enjoy this unique beverage in-country. No doubt there will be many faux pas along the way; have I put enough yerba mate in the gourd, do I pass to left or the right, is my water too hot/too cold, is the bombilla at the correct angle and what about the slurping noise!
It’s an interesting beverage with a unique taste – one that no doubt will taste 100% better whilst being taken there rather than my kitchen in Brockley SE4! It’s worth seeking out and you can purchase the whole set up here in the UK – though you will need to check out specialist tea/coffee shops or indeed buy online.