When drinking yerba mate, what is the main difference between the "traditional" method and other methods?


True yerba mate lovers prefer the traditional mate or gourd with a good bombilla or straw for a better and more natural taste, and most importantly, because the gourd provides with the perfect environment for the yerba leafs to develop its nutrients when brewing; as opposed to other methods that sacrifice much of the nutrients, for example, tea bags loose some nutrients because the twigs of the leaf must be removed thereof loosing some minerals.


Some laboratory tests confirm that the traditional method of drinking yerba mate provides the highest concentration of polyphenols, followed by red wines and green tea. (Bixby, Spieler, Menini, Gugliuccit, Life Sciences, 2005, #77 pgs 345-358). This study also found that the traditional method “which usually implies repeated extraction from a large (50-100 g) quantity of dry product in a gourd, and intermittent consumption, many times for hours in a row, would allow for maintenance plasma levels of polyphenols which are usually not attained with green tea or moderate wine drinking.”

Learn how to brew yerba mate the traditional way here


What other ways may I prepare the yerba mate without using the traditional utensils?


Regular cup or mug:

Add 2 -5 Tablespoons (to taste) of loose leaf yerba to a cup. Insert the bombilla/straw in the loose leaf yerba (the straw should not be moved after its placed) and add hot water (temperature should be between 175 F - 185 F maximum)

Sun Tea:

Place 1/2 cup of loose yerba leafs in 1 gallon of water in a clear glass jug and set in the sun for one hour. Strain, pour over ice, add your preferred sweetener and/or fruit juices, etc.

Automatic coffee maker:

For a 4 cup brew: Place 4 - 8 tablespoons (more or less to taste) of loose yerba leafs in a filter and process coffee maker as usual

French Press:

Place 2 -5 tablespoons of yerba loose leafs (more or less to taste) in top of press and process as usual.


Can I add other ingredients to my yerba mate?


Yes, here is some of our suggestions:

Honey mixed with the hot water

Herbs like mint, blackberry leaves, etc

Non-dairy flavored creamers

Milk (whole, rice or soy)

Lemon or lime juice

Lemon, lime, orange, or grapefruit zest

Flavored syrups, i.e. maple, raspberry, etc.

Liquors, i. e. Baileys, Grande Marinier, Amaretto

Fruit juice, i. e. pineapple

Cold beer


Why can't I use boiled water?


The reason why it is not recommended is because boiled water has a different molecular structure which kills the vital nutrients in the tea and will alter the taste - making it more bitter. Boiling water may also burn your mouth as it comes up the metal straw, and will wash out the yerba flavor much sooner. Finally, using boiled water frequently is not good for your health overall.


Why not to stir the tea with the straw / bombilla?


Stirring the yerba mate with the straw plugs up the holes in the straw's filter.


How long should the average size package of loose leaf yerba last?


On an average, 1.1 Lb. of loose leaf yerba (average package size) should give you 10 to 12 servings when using a medium gourd and around 20 servings when using a smaller gourd. Each serving should give you 8 to 10 water replenishments or 28 to 32 oz of infused yerba mate for the medium to large gourds, and 16 to 28 oz of infused yerba mate for the smaller gourds.


What are the benefits of yerba mate?


  • Immune system booster

  • Provides sustainable energy without jitters or crash

  • Natural cleanser

  • Natural appetite suppressant

  • Aids in stabilizing the nervous system

  • Reduces fatigue

  • Reduces blood pressure

  • Rejuvenation

  • Breaks down fat (lipolytic)

  • Relaxes the muscles

  • Stabilizes sleep patterns

  • Increases libido

  • Mood enhancer

  • Delivers oxygen to the heart and lungs during exercise

  • Know to relieve allergy symptoms

  • Great natural dietary supplement

  • Increases mental clarity & focus

  • Increases creativity

  • Increases strength, energy and endurance

  • Hydrates your body

  • Reduces cholesterol

  • Great source of antioxidants

  • Source of 15 amino acids

  • Contains 24 different vitamins and minerals

  • Increases the alkalinity of the PH of your body


What does yerba mate taste like?


Yerba has a strong, distinctive and slightly bitter flavor (similar to coffee), which many acquire a love for; if you are not among them, add a little honey, sugar, milk, lemon or numerous other things to your yerba mate and you'll have a whole different experience.


What are the traditional utensils made of?


The gourd or "mate'" (pronounced "mah'tay") can be made from Calabash, Wood, Glass & Metals. The most popular in Argentina are the calabash and wood ones. This gourd is often decorated with a silver, alpaca silver or stainless steel rim.  They can also be carved, using beautiful native motives or modern patterns on their designs, or they could also be left natural. My Mate World very carefully selects the artisans that works with, making sure that all the materials and processes that they use are eco-friendly and non-toxic.

The "bombilla" (pronounced bomb-bee'-ya) is the filtering straw. The bombilla or straw can be made of sterling silver, alpaca silver, stainless steel, nickel & chrome alloy, cane or bamboo.


How do I prepare or cure the mate gourd for use?


Please click on the following link to find complete information about the curing process: http://www.mymateworld.com/information.php?info_id=4


How many times may I use the same yerba mate tea leaves?


You may refill the gourd 7 - 10 times before the leaves are weakened - no flavor or foam remains. This will give you between 28oz and 32oz of brewed tea per serving (depending on the gourd size you use)


Can I get a discount if I order yerba mate in bulk?


Yes, the more you buy of an specific item, the lower the price. If you would like to have a price quote on any quantity, please send your request by e-mail giving us the quantity you are interested in. You may also visit our wholesale section.


What if I can't find a product I'm looking for in your catalog?


All you have to do is to send us an e-mail stating your request and we will do everything we can possibly do to get the product for you.


Can I prepare yerba mate cold?


Yes, just add cold water or orange juice instead of hot water. If you are not used to drinking it this way, it may act as a diuretic for you, until your body gets used to it


What is Alpaca Silver?


Alpaca Silver is an alloy of copper, nickel and zinc. Sometimes it may contain sterling silver as well. This alloy was developed in Austria by the Berndorf Metalware Factory around 1851. The Berndorf Metalware Factory was the first industrial enterprise in Austria to introduce galvanic silver-plating and it established "Alpaca Silver" as the quality brand for years to come. This alloy has properties similar to stainless steel, in that is does not rust or tarnish. The result is a bright, resistant, and beautiful alloy, with a very similar look to silver.


I am highly sensitive to caffeine, can I drink yerba mate without adverse reactions?


Dried yerba mate tea contains around 1% available caffeine (ranging from 0.5-2%) when made into a tea with warm to hot water. Hot water appears to provide very good solubility for the caffeine and theobromine, although ethanol (alcohol) and super critical carbon dioxide have been investigated for commercial production of extracts. Boiling water reportedly extracts slightly (5-10%) more caffeine than cold or hot water steeping. It is said that boiled yerba mate tea is less pleasant tasting which may be the result of additional materials such as tannins and oils being extracted from the leaves in addition to caffeine.

Mate tea is generally tolerated better than coffee and other teas, translating into a cleaner “caffeine buzz” without the anxiety, twitches, jitters, stomach upset and heart palpitations associated with coffee’s caffeine rush.

Researchers at the Free Hygienic Institute of Homburg, Germany, concluded that even if there were caffeine in mate', the amount would be so tiny that it would take 100 tea bags of mate' in a six ounce cup of water to equal the caffeine in a six ounce serving of regular coffee.


Is it possible to drink too much yerba mate?


As with any stimulant, drinking excessive amounts of Yerba Mate is not recommended. However, you can drink yerba mate up to 4 servings a day without a problem (remember each serving will give you up to 32 oz of infused liquid). If you detect a sensitivity to any of its components, you should stop and or reduce the frequency. 



Will yerba mate prevent me from sleeping?


It does not interfere with sleep cycles. In fact, it has a tendency to balance the cycles, inducing more REM sleep when necessary, or increases the amount of time spent in delta states. Many people say they require less sleep when using yerba mate because they experience a deeper, more relaxing sleep.


Is yerba mate addictive?


No, yerba mate, is not addictive and in fact, it is a wonderful substitute for those who are trying to leave the caffeine or alcohol habit.


Do some yerba mate brands give you more energy or have more kick than others?


No, all brands use the same main ingredient which is yerba (Scientific name: illex paraguariensis) with the same nutritional components. The flavor differs from brand to brand depending on factors such as the altitude that the tree was planted, the type of soil, when do they harvest, how long they let is age, how they dry it and so on. Very similar concept than wine: it all comes from grapes but we have a wide variety of flavors.

As a specific case, the brand Taragui has recently developed a new product called "+ ENERGÍA" or MORE ENERGY (that you can find in our catalog) that contains more “Mateine” concentration, maintaining their usual flavor. They achieved this higher level of Mateine concentration by harvesting the plant just when the concentration of Xanthine is higher.


May I use a tea ball or tea bag?


Yes, however, there is scientific evidence that using the traditional method of drinking yerba mate will give you all the nutrients and health benefits. Using a the tea ball or bag without the straw, will kill a part of the nutritional values of yerba mate.


How do I clean a cane bombilla or one that can't be dismounted?


Hand wash in hot water. If the holes are clogged, you may clean them with an old toothbrush, a straight pin or one of our straw cleaners available in our catalog.


How much volume of loose leaf yerba do a gourd hold?


An average gourd will hold 2oz of dried yerba. Since all our gourds are 100% natural, you will not find two gourds with an identical size, therefore it is difficult to establish a specific amount for each gourd. Most of our gourds can be found in small, medium, and large sizes. The approximate size of the gourd can be found toward the bottom of each gourd listing. If you have a specific size in mind, you may request that by adding a note in the comment section of your order. We will do our best to accommodate you with the proper size.


What should I do if I swallow some of the yerba mate leaves?


Don't worry, if some of the particles of leaves get in your mouth, it will not be harmful for you to swallow them.


What is the best way to store my packages of yerba mate?


Store it in a dark, dry place. Avoid letting the herb contact air, water, or light. Keeping the unopened packages in a cupboard should be fine.


How long will yerba mate stay fresh if it is stored unopened?


Flavor seems to peak around 2 years, and stays fresh for at least 3 years. After 3 years, it will begin to grow stale, but it is still safe to drink.


Is yerba mate a green tea?


No, actually green, red, white and black teas derive from the tea plant: Camelia Sinensis. On the other hand, yerba mate comes from the leaves of the South American holly tree Ilex paraguariensis.

Since yerba mate shares many of the constituents that are found in green tea (antioxidants), it is sometimes called South America's version of green tea. A more accurate description for yerba mate would be a caffeinated herbal tea or a tisane (the French word used to describe herbal infusions that are prepared and enjoyed like tea).


Can yerba mate reduce my appetite?


Yes, yerba mate is known for its appetite suppressant quality. Yerba Mate is traditionally used in South America as a supportive treatment in weight loss programs that include diet and exercise. In Europe Yerba Mate is used for weight loss “as the ideal slimming remedy which facilitates losing weight in a natural way and stills the distressing feelings of hunger,” according to Max Witchl in Herbal Drugs and Phytopharmaceuticals. Many people drink yerba before meals to reduce hunger cravings.

The popular Chilean herbalists J. Zin and R. Weiss supported what Peace Corps workers had reported. They found cases in which large groups of natives remained in good health, with only one small meal per day, through extended periods of famine and draught. They survived by drinking copious amounts of Yerba Mate.

Although the research identifies that our product contains many of the essential nutrients to sustain life, we suggest you only use our products to ensure a well-balanced meal along with a regular healthy diet. Use Yerba Mate by following the ancient principles of tea consumption a tool for regulating your calorie intake, controlling your hunger, and increasing your body's potential to maintain a well-balanced diet.

Researchers at the University of Surrey in Guildford, England found a reduction in appetite and thirst when using Yerba Mate.

Dulloo, A., et al. noted in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that a drink like Yerba Mate can increase the “24-h energy expenditure and fat oxidation in humans.” (1999). Thus, more calories are burned when drinking Yerba Mate.



Please use this information as a guide for research. It is recommended to discuss any information with your doctor. This product or its information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.