Have you ever been in a specialty supermarket and saw those funny silver straws and neat looking gourds? I have, and I bought two gourds and two straws–All because I wanted to drink Yerba Mate the “right” way!
Of course you can always resort to the more modern way. Just steep the Yerba Mate in a cup of hot water and drink. But that’s no fun. But those gourds and straws look so complicated to use. Are they??
Of course not! Unlike Matcha tea (which is super simple to make), you don’t have to wisk anything together, and you don’t have to wait for a while to steep. Once your gourd is “seasoned,” all you do is put in a scoop of tea in your gourd, pour hot water, and sip from your bombilla straw: IT’S THAT SIMPLE!
What does it mean to season your gourd? Seasoning the gourd prepares it better to bring out the flavor of the Yerba Mate so you can enjoy it more. Before you drink from it, put in a scoop of Yerba Mate, add hot water, and let it sit overnight. Do this before going to sleep, and you’ll be ready for a morning dose of Yerba Mate.
When you’ve finished drinking, wash out the contents and dry off the outside of the gourd. Take a couple of paper towels and absorb as much wetness as you can. Store gourds in a dry place. Simple wash the bombilla straws like you would any other utensil.
The bombilla straw is a straining straw. It keeps out tea particles. The nice thing about this straw is that you can use it for ANY tea. Just throw in the tea and drink. Once you’ve invested in these tools, you’re ready to rock and roll with Yerba Mate or any other tea.
We do have some gourds and straws in the shoppe, so come by and check them out. Make your next tea drinking experience a simple and exciting one.