Natural Gourd Mate Cup, Bombilla and Flask Yerba Mate Starter Set
This yerba mate starter set contains all the accessories required to brew yerba mate:
- Mate cup made from a natural gourd
- Stainless steel bombilla (metal straw)
Natu Mate Cup
The mate is a cup that is used to drink yerba mate. The most traditional type – the 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. See our relevant guides:
- How to cure and care for my gourd
- How to prepare the perfect yerba mate – a step by step photo illustrated guide
- General info on the mate cup
As gourds are a natural item, 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 stainless bombilla with classical spoon filter and curved straw for comfort of use. The length of the bombilla is 19cm
Yerba Mate flask with precision pour spout “pico cebador”
There have many different types of stainless steel and plastic flasks to drink yerba mate.
However over time people realised that the key was to have a proper spout (pico) which would not spill any water when serving.
Until someone came up with this special spout called in spanish “pico cebador” which was specially designed for the South American market of Yerba Mate drinkers.
These days pretty much everyone in Uruguay carry one of this.
This stainless steel flask is is perfect for either cold or hot liquids and is ideal for precision pouring.
Can also be used for transporting coffee, tea and juice any thin liquid will enjoy the precision pouting of this stylish stainless steel flask
More Information on The Natural Gourd
The traditional cup to use for yerba mate is a gourd. It is made from the hollowed and dried fruit of the calabash plant. If you are choosing this natural gourd, then you are making a very specific choice. The natural gourd is not to everyone’s liking! What does a natural gourd bring to your infusion?
Here are some reasons why people choose a natural gourd:
- It’s the most traditional recipient
- The gourd itself imparts flavour on your yerba mate. It brings an acidity and bitterness to the taste.
- Your gourd is personal to YOU.. no two pieces are alike
- A gourd is a sustainable item
So what you are letting yourself in for?! Let’s address the common surprises our customers encounter:
- A natural gourd is just that – natural! So your gourd will vary in shape and size
- The gourd was once a fruit, like a small pumpkin that is hollowed out. It is normal when you receive your gourd for there to be a little leftover pith or seeds. Any loose debris can be removed and isn’t harmful.
- On arrival the inside of your gourd may be beige, green, brown, black. It may well be a bit of a blotchy mix of these colours. When you start using it, it will definitely start turning darker. It may change through green, to brown and finally the whole inside will be black. This is because the gourd is porous and takes on the pigmentation and flavour of the yerba. This change in colour is sometimes mistaken for mould formation. It may happen gradually over many weeks, or it might surprise you and suddenly take on a very specific, deep green blotchiness after a single use. This is all dependent on how porous the gourd is. Remember, we WANT the gourd to eventually end up black inside, this is how it is supposed to be.
- Mould can form on your gourd. It is something that grows over the surface that is furry in texture. While not pleasant, it is harmless. Remove it then pass salt around the inside of the gourd, rinse and continue to use. Best practice is to keep your natural gourd clean and dry between uses. Don’t leave it full of used yerba for long periods.
- The taste! While some opt for a gourd because of the taste, some hate the taste and it can cause acidity if you are susceptible to acid indigestion.
So you may have read this and definitely aren’t going to get a natural gourd! That’s fine, and we have many choices of ceramic mate cups for you.
Or maybe you are still raring to go?! If you proceed and buy a natural gourd, you MUST cure it before use. This might take 1-2 days (the longer the better) so its best not to buy in a hurry. Its easy to cure a gourd, and it basically entails leaving it for a period of time full of yerba. This helps seals some of the pores, prevents cracking and improves the richness of flavour of future brews. You will receive full instructions on how to cure a natural gourd for yerba mate, and also how to brew the perfect yerba mate.
If you have any questions please contact us and we will be happy to provide any information you might require.