Best for Brewing Yerba Mate Tea
Product Name: El Matero’s All-Natural Jujube Wood Maté Gourd
Product Type: Supplement
Summary: Read our review of El Matero’s All-Natural Jujube Wood Maté Gourd to see if it is a product that we recommend trying.
On a recent visit to South America, I had an opportunity to taste an authentic local drink called yerba mate. It is an herbal tea made from the dried leaves and twigs of an indigenous plant. The drink has a robust taste, almost like strong coffee, but contains less caffeine.
What also left a mark on me was the gourd in which the wonderful tea was served as it looked different from the cups we use every day for sipping tea and coffee. The locals told me that for serving yerba mate, they use a typical kind of utensil with a bombilla. I was fascinated not just with the many benefits of the drink but with the vessel as well.
Back home, as I made yerba mate a part of my life, I couldn’t help but wonder if I could find a natural gourd, similar to the one I saw during my trip. So I started looking it up online, and I chanced upon the El Matero’s all-natural maté gourd made with jujube wood that comes with a stainless steel bombilla and a beautiful jute pouch. The product exactly resembled the one from my journey, and I ordered it immediately. I must say, it was one of the best decisions I have made.
There is something about the gourd that simply elevates the experience of drinking yerba mate. Although a friend warned me that such gourds don’t usually last long, I am honestly surprised that the one I bought and used regularly still looks as good as new. Its sturdy build has ensured it lasts long, even if used daily.
El Matero offers various kinds of Yerba Mate gourds as per customer requirements. However, the one that draws the most attention is the new Jujube Wood Mate Gourd, which comes with a stainless steel bombilla and jute travel pouch, thereby making it easier for the user to take it anywhere.
Another specialty of this gourd is that the jujube wood was used by ancestors a long time ago as this wood doesn't absorb the liquid. Besides, the wood functions as a natural lacquer, which helps in making a smooth, beautiful, and durable yerba mate gourd. The gourd is 3.5” tall, has a rim diameter of 3” and can hold 8 ounces of drink.
Besides, it is a non-porous mate gourd which doesn't capture mold. It is easy to clean with a sponge and wipe it with a dry cloth. In addition to having an elegant design, the gourd comes in the dark wood and light wood variants and is treated with eco-friendly and food-safe lacquer from date and chinese lacquer trees. The best part is that if you are not happy with the gourd upon its delivery, you can easily return it and get a full refund.
The innovative mate set by El Matero contains the jujube wood mate gourd along with a jute/cotton carrying case and a bombilla (yerba mate straw with filters). Although the gourd has a solid wood texture, yet it's smooth. Its craftsmanship has influences from the South American and Asian cultures and is perfect for brewing drinks like yerba mate.
Jujube wood has been used in Asia since time immemorial and is particularly useful for its porous, yet non-absorbent surface. Each gourd comes with its own unique grain pattern and the size is approximately that of a large orange or apple. The gourd makes for a wonderful gift to yerba mate drinkers like myself.
For an avid mate drinker, the all-natural jujube wood mate gourd by El Matero is the best mate cup. It has an elegant design and has a gorgeous solid wooden texture. The body of the gourd feels smooth and it fits in hand easily.
With the ease of cleaning and non-porous surface, this mate is by far one of the best gourds available in the market. Moreover, it comes with a handy bag, which makes drinking yerba mate possible on the go. If you are a regular yerba mate drinker and want to enjoy it the way it is meant to be, you should definitely try out this gourd.
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