Mate is produced from the leaves of the Mate bush and can be purchased green as well as roasted. Mate is a naturally caffeinated plant. The leaves of the plant, like black and green teas, are withered and dried.

South Americans drink Mate from a gourd called a “Cuia”. The Cuia is filled 2/3 with Mate and then filled with cold or luke warm water. The Mate is allowed to steep for a minute and then poured out. Now that the first bitter infusion has been thrown out, hot water is poured into the Cuia and can be enjoyed. To drink Mate from the Cuia a “Bombilla” is used. It is a long metal straw that strains the leaves as you drink.
Traditionally, Mate is enjoyed with friends and the Cuia is passed around to enjoy.

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