Mate and Bombilla Set with Natural Gourd
This mate and bombilla set is a great beginners set to get you started brewing yerba mate the classical, traditional way.
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.
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
The bombilla is curved for comfort of use, made from stainless steel, and the length is 19cm.
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 or mate accessories, 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!