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Old 10th August 2012, 04:46 PM   #1
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Default My favorite drink is "mate". Yours?

Wikipedia.com has a large article about mate, but it is a description of my own. Looking at the photo 1 I’ve attached, it is a tipic Argentine Mate. The bulb is made of "calabacita" (Small pumpkin), although it can be metallic (aluminium), wood, glass, and now, plastic.. The metal tube is called "bombilla". Inside the calabaza, we put "yerba mate" photo 2 (A blend of a tree leaf), and then a small quantity of sugar. A "pava" (kettle), figure 3 containing not so hot water (70°C) in is then used to add small amount of this hot water inside, solving parts of the yerba, and then you drink this juice sucking by the bombilla. A tipic Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and Brazilian drink. Sometimes it is added a bit of orange shell dried, coffee, tea, anise, "peperina", or other herbal tastes, although purists of mate hold that mate is filled only with yerba mate and no more one thing. My personal taste is with leaf of rua.

I drink it alone, but it is common usage to get a “rueda”(wheel) in which one guy is the “sebador” (who fills the mate with water, and each 5 or 6 times replace part of yerba when it is “lavada” (exhausted), and the mate itself is carried from hand to hand to reach the person who has the turn to drink it. When empty, the mate is come back to sebador who continues the cycle to other people. A cricism of this is that way, viruses and bacteria can be passed though the bombilla between persons, but ussualy the ruera is integrated by familiar persons or friends.

As I’m ham radio, we call mate “Matienso”, “Whisky verde” (green whiskey), “Mateo yerbal”, etc.
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Old 10th August 2012, 05:07 PM   #2
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I just discovered mate about 6 months ago and I really like it.

I drink it in a very untraditional way though. I buy Guayaki brand Gaucho Fuerte and make "Mate Lattes" using an espresso maker.

Yes, I know... Americans ruin everything.
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I never would imagined a US people drinking mate. Thanks for the reply.
Enjoy.
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I can stand the situation when there is no wine (or there is only cheap bad wine that is better to avoid), but to me, no meal is complete without a final coffee cup. Italian style , ristretto, is what I mean..
By the way, I very much like Mate too, but I prefer the modest "Aguantadora" brand , and rigurously no sugar in
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Tea of various sorts for me, usually with milk and sugar. Will have to try MATE at some point as I am now curious.
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Kevin, you are my guess if any time you came to Argentina, and I invite drink mate!

Mosquito: BORRACHO EMPEDERNIDO !!! (Drunk!!!)
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I never would imagined a US people drinking mate. Thanks for the reply.
Enjoy.
I'm a coffee lover really, but I have stomache problems and it can be a bit too acidic for me at times, which is why I decided to try mate (supposedly good for digestive tract).

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... but to me, no meal is complete without a final coffee cup. Italian style , ristretto, is what I mean..
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Yes, I love a good espresso but have to limit myself as mentioned above.

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Tea of various sorts for me, usually with milk and sugar. Will have to try MATE at some point as I am now curious.
It's definitely different. My American palate would describe it as a mix of green tea and hay. There are many different kinds of mate and the kind I use has a lot less of the "hay" flavor than some others.
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I prefer the Paraguayan method of drinking mate with ice water out of a custom engraved bull horn, called tereré.

Also, mate cocido is a good variation. Here you take a hot coal out of the fireplace and burn some sugar in the bottom of a cup before putting in the herba. This is old school from el campo. A lot of the kids never heard of it.
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Anonymous, what you describe is no other thing than "Mate Cocido" another traditional way to prepare the sacred "ilex paraguariensis". In your case "mate cocido con leche".
They used to give this, as breakfast, to the troopers, back in the days when service under the army was compulsive.
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I prefer the Paraguayan method of drinking mate with ice water out of a custom engraved bull horn, called tereré.

Also, mate cocido is a good variation. Here you take a hot coal out of the fireplace and burn some sugar in the bottom of a cup before putting in the herba. This is old school from el campo. A lot of the kids never heard of it.
Ah, all an expert? Tereré also has natural fruit juice, very cold.
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