Getting Started with Yerba Mate
Step 1
Pick a blend
Step 2
Pick a color
Comes with a bombilla and instructions

Fill the cup with 2 tbsp. of tea. Add a few drops of stevia or other sweetener. Fill with hot water. Replace lid, put bombilla in pour spout. Enjoy!

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Step 1
Pick a blend
Step 2
Pick a cup and color
Both come with a bombilla and instructions

Fill the cup with 2 tbsp. of tea. Add a few drops of stevia or other sweetener. Fill with hot water. Replace lid, put bombilla in pour spout. Enjoy!

Fill the gourd with 2 tbsp. of tea. Dampen the tea with room temperature water, then pour a little hot water in the gourd. Give the leaves a few second to swell a bit and then add the bombilla (metal diffuser straw) in the gourd. Add a few drops of stevia or other sweetener (if it has not already been added to the water in thermos), and then hot - but not boiling, water. Fill to “just below” the ridge. Drink this first cup pretty quickly because it is strong. As the water sits in the tea, it gets stronger and can turn bitter if left too long.

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Instructions on Yerba Mate Making

Curing the mate gourd

If you have a mate with a wooden or glass interior, please go to the next step.

Curing the mate just means that you seal the inside of the gourd. There are many ways to do this. The easiest is to fill the gourd with used yerba mate or coffee grounds. Let sit for 24 hours. Empty grounds, rinse and you are ready to go!!

Heating and sweetening water

Heat until water steams, but does not boil. Any water that is too hot will “wash” the tea leaves and make for a very weak tea after a few servings. Pour water into a pitcher or thermos that allows for a “narrow stream” to pour out.

If you have decided to sweeten the water, add stevia, honey or another product to the thermos.

First time EVER drinking yerba mate

This page will help walk you through what you need.

Fill the gourd with 2 tbsp. of tea. Dampen the tea with room temperature water, then pour a little hot water in the gourd. Give the leaves a few second to swell a bit and then add the bombilla (metal diffuser straw) in the gourd. Add a few drops of stevia or other sweetener (if it has not already been added to the water in thermos), and then hot - but not boiling, water. Fill to “just below” the ridge. Drink this first cup pretty quickly because it is strong. As the water sits in the tea, it gets stronger and can turn bitter if left too long.

Every cup thereafter, is made with the same tea leaves. Just keep adding water and sometimes, stevia, and then sip through the straw. Do this until the tea doesn’t have much taste. Then, just empty and refill with fresh leaves.

(The first few times using the painted gourds, the stain on the gourd, will bleed. This is a hand painted cup and the paint needs to “set” with use. Please put a paper towel or napkin under the gourd to avoid anything getting stained.)

Filling the mate

You will want to start slowly. Yerba is quite strong. Fill the mate with yerba about 2 tbsp. of tea. Put your palm over the opening and shake so that the leaves mix with powder. Turn the mate right-side up. (After you have had mate a few times, you may want to increase the amount of yerba in the mate. Try about 1/3 of the gourd full. Most will settle at around 2/3 full)

Adding water to the mate

Add a little room temperature water, to one side of the mate cup. Once that is done, push the bombilla through. The bottom of the bombilla should touch, or come close to the bottom, of the mate cup.

Add the hot water to the top of the mate until it reaches just under the lip. Sip the water through the straw, and enjoy. If it needs a bit of sweetener, add more. Refill and slip until the water has washed away the flavor. You can then empty the yerba and refill as many times as you want.