Palo Santo is a hardwood native to the tropical and subtropical regions of the Americas. The palo santo mate cup is popular because this fragrant wood contributes to the flavour, especially when used over time. This wood is also often used as an incense, it is truly delicious and this can be taste when using is as a mate cup. This particular model is made from extra thick wood, reducing the risk of splitting – a substantial piece. Wrapped in aliminium this mate is sleek and stylish.
This wood is especially fragile, and as such should be cured to prevent splitting. To cure a palo santo mate, you should rub oil or butter on the inside walls. Add yerba mate leave and a small amount of water – enough to wet the leaves only not too much – and leave for a day. This process seals the pores and increases the life of the mate. For detailed information, read more about how to cure a mate or gourd.
Supplied with a stainless steel bombilla with classical spoon filter
This mate cup is hand turned and the size can therefore vary slightly, but the average dimensions of this mate cup are:
Diameter at the widest point – 8cm
Height – 11cm
Volume – 120ml
Length of bombilla 15.5cm