Tableware for mate
In South America, the word "mate" (emphasis on the first syllable) means both the drink and the vessel from which it is drunk. In the traditional way of use, the crushed dry leaf of yerba (Paraguayan holly) is poured with hot water (the optimum temperature can range between 50-80 ° C) and is drunk in small sips through a tube, adding water as it is consumed. It is this method (scientifically called percolation) that allows you to extract the maximum amount of vitamins and other active active substances from the drink.
Video clip How to brew an Argentinean mate drink clearly demonstrates all of the above.
Mate vessels range from the simplest to the most elegant and vary in shape, place of manufacture, volume and material from which they are made:
Mate de calabaza – a jar of pumpkin
Mate de vidrio – glass jar
Mate de ceramica – a vessel made of clay or ceramic
Mate de hierro – a vessel of iron
Mate de silicona – a vessel made of silicone, etc.
Bombizhya (bombisha, bomb, bomblylya) is a pipe through which mate is drunk. It has a flat mouthpiece at one end and a filter strainer at the other. It can be made of different materials.
About the size ... For an individual drink, the less vessel, the better. Accordingly, a smaller amount of yerba is poured into a small vessel, which minimizes consumption. And if suddenly it seemed a little, you can easily add more. As a rule, 20-30 g is enough to gradually drink a liter of water. But in Argentina, according to tradition, mate is drunk by a large company from one vessel. And its size can be very different - from large to huge.
Actually, it’s not so important what you drink yerba mate from! The main thing is to drink it correctly, use high-quality yerba and soft water.