Ways to Enjoy Yerba Mate: Mate Cocido in Tea Bags

Don’t think the gourd and bombilla fit your lifestyle?  Why not try mate cocido in tea bags?

Yerba Mate in tea bags is commonly available online and sometimes in some grocery stores.  Simply add a tea bag to a cup of hot water and off you go.  One advantage of this method is that you can easily control the strength of the mate by adjusting the length of time it is steeped.  However, purchasing Nativa or Cruz de Malta yerba mate in tea bags can be a little more expensive than using the loose leaf variety.

Stay tuned for more ideas for how you can enjoy yerba mate!

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Ways to Enjoy Yerba Mate: Gourd & Bombilla

By far the most common way to drink yerba mate is using a gourd and bombilla.  Mate is placed in the gourd which is then filled with water.  The tea becomes infused and is drunk using a metal bombilla which acts as a straw and strainer.  The gourd can be refilled ten or more times before the yerba mate loses its flavor and potency (it is said to be “lavado”).  Warm water is usually poured from any kind of thermos which keeps the water at an optimal temperature.  If you want to drink mate this way, you really only need a bombilla, as a gourd can be improvised and water can be poured from a kettle, pot or dispenser.

Gourd, Bombilla & Thermos

Our Favorite Gourd, Bombilla & Thermos

In our opinion, the gourd and bombilla method yields the best tasting yerba mate.  In South America, yerba mate in a gourd is often shared and is consumed in social settings.  However, if you are in North America sometimes this is not the most convenient way of consuming yerba mate.  Carrying a gourd and bombilla can prompt the occasional curious glance in North America, and it’s not too easy to use this method if you’re on the go.

For these reasons, in upcoming posts, we’ll share with you some other great ways you can enjoy yerba mate.  Stay tuned!

Buena Onda Foods has launched!

Buena Onda Foods is proud to announce its launch in March of 2013!

Buena Onda Foods is the premier source for yerba mate, alfajores, dulce de leche, chimichurri, and other goodies from south of the Equator.

Stay tuned for more updates!

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