how to make mate tea

how to make mate tea

How to Make Mate Tea

Mate tea is a traditional South American infusion that is made from the leaves of the yerba mate plant. Not only is it a delicious drink, but it has many potential health benefits. Here are some simple steps to make it:


  • Gather the Materials: You will need yerba mate leaves, water, and a mate gourd or mug.
  • Fill the Gourd: Fill the mate gourd with 2-3 tablespoons of yerba mate leaves.
  • Add Hot Water: Be sure not to use boiling water as it can burn the leaves. Add enough water to cover the leaves and let it sit for a few minutes.
  • Drink: Once the water has cooled a bit, sip the tea from the gourd with a metal straw (called a bombilla) or drink it with a cup.


  • It is common to pour the tea back and forth between two gourds, as it brings out the flavor of the tea.
  • If you don’t have a mate gourd, you can also use a mug.
  • You can add a small amount of honey or sugar to sweeten the tea.


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