How to prepare the mate?
Before the first use, you must fill it with yerba mate and hot water, and leave it to rest for at least a day – 24 hours. This way the container – the Mate – will be cured and the natural material (wood or gourd) will be infused with the taste of the yerba. Then wash the container and it is ready to enjoy a good mate.
Don’t forget that the wooden or gourd mates (containers) retain the taste in their pores, so you don’t need to follow this process if you have a glass or metal container.
* Once you put the Bombilla in the hollow gourd, it should not be moved. Otherwise the Bombilla can be clogged.
The taste of the first Yerba Mate will be peculiar, some say strange, with a slight bitter taste. But don’t be afraid to try it.With time you will find your favorite taste (with or without sugar; mint; etc) as everybody does in South America. There are even some special recipes to prepare the Yerba Mate.