Dark Fire Decorated Yerba Mate Gourd and Bombilla Starter Tea Set
This starter set consists of a natural mate gourd and a bombilla.
As gourds are a natural item, and decorated by hand, the item you receive may differ slightly from the photos.
This mate is made from a hollowed out gourd, and therefore each cup will vary in size. The average dimensions of this mate cup are:
Diameter at the widest point – 8.5cm
Height – 9cm
Volume – 250ml
The bombilla is a metal straw to drink your yerba mate from and it has a filter at one end. Stainless steel is the best metal for bombillas – won’t oxidise and lasts well. The length of the bombilla length is 19cm
The mate is a cup that is used to drink yerba mate. The most traditional type – the natural yerba mate gourd – is made from the dried, hollow fruit of the calabash plant. It is important that you cure and care for your natural gourd properly, in order to prevent splits and mould formation. To cure your gourd, first remove any of the debris that might be inside (paper-like pith, seeds etc) and then fill with moist yerba leaves. Leave for 24 hours and then clean out and it is ready for use. Full instructions will also be provided. You may also like to read some General info on the mate cup
The way to serve yerba mate is to fill the mate gourd around 3/4 full of loose leaf yerba and add a little cool water to allow the leaves to swell in size. The bombilla is then inserted and hot water is added. The resulting brew is then sipped through the bombilla and the process repeated. It is typical to enjoy yerba mate in groups, so it is normal for the person serving to drink the first drink, and then with each serving to pass the gourd around to others in turn. This is why drinking mate is such an important part of social culture in Uruguay, Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil. You can read exactly how to brew mate in our step by step photo illustrated guide: How to prepare the perfect yerba mate