Taragui Yerba Mate Energy Starter Kit
This kit comprises of everything you need to start brewing yerba mate energy!
- 4 x 500g Loose Leaf Yerba Mate Taragui Energy Blend (harvested at the optimal time for caffeine content)
- Natural gourd with metal rim
- Stainless Steel bombilla
The mate cup is made from a hollowed out gourd, and therefore each cup will vary slightly in size and shape. The average dimensions of this mate cup are:
Diameter at the widest point – 8.5cm
Height – 9cm
Volume – 250ml
Bombilla length 19cm
To extend the life of your gourd and improve the taste of your brew, it is important to cure the gourd before use. Instructions will be provided with your order for how to cure your gourd before use
Brewing Your Yerba Mate
The tradition of drinking yerba mate is such an important part of the South American culture, specifically in Uruguay, Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil, although it is also enjoyed in other South American countries. Typically, it is drunk from a natural gourd (a hollowed out fruit) used as a cup, and then sipped through a metal straw known as a bombilla that has a filtered end to separate the infusion from the yerba leaves.
With any purchase of loose leaf yerba, full photo instructions will be provided on how to brew the perfect yerba mate. If you get it right, your yerba will always taste great, and last twice as long. 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.