Kraus Organic Yerba Mate Starter Kit
Kraus is an Argentinian, fair and organic producer of yerba mate. Almost all yerba mate is dried using smoke, but Kraus specialises in yerba mate dried without smoke. Instead it uses a system of hot water to dry the yerba using heat along. The result is a cleaner, fresher tasting yerba without a smoky overtone. Kraus is dedicated to sustainable farming, fair employment and organic yerba mate. A superior taste. This Kraus Organic Yerba Mate kit comprises of everything you need to start brewing yerba mate:
- 2kg Kraus Organic Yerba Mate. Loose leaf yerba mate with stems (con palos)
- Natural Gourd (cup to drink yerba mate)
- Stainless Steel Bombilla (straw with filtered end), 19cm length
For best taste and life of the gourd, it should be cured. See our instructions on how to do so. 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
Brewing Your Yerba Mate
The tradition of drinking yerba mate is such an important part of the South American culture. This is specifically true in Uruguay, Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil, although in addition it is also enjoyed in other South American countries. Typically, yerba mate is drunk from a natural gourd (a hollowed out fruit) used as a cup. The resulting infusion is then sipped through a metal straw known as a bombilla that has a filtered end to separate the infusion from the yerba leaves. This happens while groups of friends and family get together to chat, and enjoy mate together.
With any purchase of loose leaf yerba, full photo instructions will be provided on how to brew the perfect yerba mate. So there is no excuse not to brew the perfect yerba mate! If you get it right, your yerba will always taste great, and last twice as long. Most of all, practice makes perfect!
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.