Authentic Paraguayan Mate in Just 5 Minutes


A Paraguayan mate recipe does not require much; however, to make a proper mate, you must have the right equipment on hand, such as yerba, guampa, and bombilla. One of the best things about Mate is that it can be made in minutes. What’s more, there are endless ways to customize it, too – like adding medicinal herbs, such as chamomile, anise seeds, boldo, etc…

What is Paraguayan Mate made of?

Paraguayan Mate is made by soaking dried yerba mate leaves in hot water; after that, any additional herbs are added for either health or flavor benefits; it’s served with a metal straw in a gourd.

What do you need?

How to prepare

Fill a cured gourd just over half full with yerba. Tilt the gourd until the tea covers the side and almost reaches the top.

Before putting the straw in, pour a little cold water into the gap you’ve made inside the gourd. Keep the gourd tilted until the Yerba Mate has absorbed the water.

Put the filtered end of the mate straw into the tea at an angle.

Pour hot (not boiling) water into the yerba mate tea and drink. A temperature of 160° to 175° Fahrenheit is best.



Pour the yerba inside the gourd until it is ¾ full. Cover the mouth of the mate gourd with one hand, invert it and shake it vigorously for about 4 seconds. The purpose of this is to get the smallest particles to sit on the top of the brewing. Now place the gourd again in its position, taking care of the brewing to remain inclined on one side.

Heat water in a kettle to a simmer, not a boil (It should be no more than 160° to 175° F degrees F); transfer it to a thermo. Pour a little cold water into the gap you’ve made inside the gourd. Keep the gourd tilted until the Yerba has absorbed the water.

Cover the mouth of the bombilla with your thumb and put the filter end into the hollow part of the brewing. Uncover the bombilla only when you have found the definite position of the bombilla touching the bottom of the gourd. This way, you will keep the filter from blocking with fine particles. Then, begin pouring the hot water softly inside the gourd. Hmm!! 

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