1-Make sure that your set of tools for the mate are complete and perfectly clean and hygienic.
Basic Utensils: Kettle(Pava),Mate and Bombilla,
Sugar Bowl, Spoon and of course a Thermo.
2-Pour the yerba mate brand of your choice inside the
mate until you reach approximately 3/4 of the mate.
3-Mate could be drunk with or without sugar, stevia, honey or any other kind of healthy sweetner . I like it bitter, no sugar, none. Is healthier this way but you have to get accustom to it.
4-If you choose to drink it with sugar, add, one or two teaspoons of sugar (omit this step if you chose to sweeten the water- not recomended it will wash the mate to soon).
5-Cover the mouth of the mate with one hand, invert it and shake it several times for some seconds. The purpose of this procedure is to get the finest particles to remain on the top of the brewing, so that the possibilities for them to pass through the tiny hole
of the strainer bombilla(coco) and block it are minimal.
6-Put the mate again in its original position, taking care of the brewing to remain inclined on one side. This step is optional, but his is the right way
7-Heat the water. When the water is warm, pour softly a sufficient amount of water into the hollow part of the brewing, so that the total of the yerba gets wet and begins to swell. Let it rest for a few minutes while you wait that the rest of the water reaches the appropiate temperature.( Do not boil! )
8-Cover the mouth of the bombilla with your thumb and insert the filter end into the hollow part of the brewing. Uncover only when you have found the definite position of the bombilla and it has touched the bottom of the gourd. This way you will keep the tiny holes from the filter from blocking during this operation.
9-When the water has reached its optimal temperature (before boiling) you can begin to brew, pouring the water softly and adding sugar when you think it necessary (if you have not chosen to sweeten the water.Usually If you add sugar you do it every two or three mates so it will not be so sweet and wash the mate tea after a few servings(cebadas).
10-Keep the water at a constant temperature without letting it boil (to use a thermos or our Matermo is highly recommended for this matter). Try not to move the bombilla, but if this were necessary, do it when the mate is empty (without water). Now you can begin to enjoy a friendly, foamy mate, with or without sugar, according to your taste and like We do in Argentina or like We do it daily, here at home, in Texas, more than four times a day.
Your Texas Chamigo.