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Energizing and refreshing, Illex Paraguariensis, or yerba mate as it is more commonly known, is an excellent alternative to traditional tea and is an herbaceous infusion with a history all its own. This widely consumed beverage, beloved by the Argentine people, enjoys a unique profile of slightly toasty (not smokey), yet delicate aromatics.
Grab your rebenque and poncho, and sip from a traditional gourd and bombilla and imagine yourself exploring the Pampas. Yerba mate is part of the holly family and contains less caffeine than coffee, and slightly more than traditional tea.
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Brewing Instructions for Mate Gourd: Remember to cure your gourd according to manufacturer's instructions, or learn how to here. To brew, fill gourd 2/3 full with loose mate leaves. Add a small amount of cold water to moisten leaves, and gently stir. Next, bring fresh, cold spring water to a boil, let cool to 150ºF/66ºC, and pour over leaves to cover. Allow mate to brew for 1-2 minutes, and enjoy. Refill gourd with water as necessary. Avoid stirring the mate with your bombilla, as that can clog it.