"MATE" Argentina Local Custom Tip by swesn
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The typical drink of yerba herb of Argentinian gauchos (cow-boys) ? the mate (pronounced 'ma-tey'). It is served in special cups made from round gourds or a vase-shaped vessel.
The mate leaves are not just a couple of wimpy leaves swimming at the bottom of the cups. The leaves and sometimes stems are crushed up really small and filled to the brim of the cups. To drink it, one needed a bamboo or usually a metal straw with tiny holes at the bottom to filter out the tiny leaves.
One could only pour enough water into the cup for one suck. The water, and this is very important as imparted gravely by my friend, Pablo, must be about 80°C or so. Never boiled to 100°C. It's all alchemy.
You can always see the locals carrying their mates and clasping under their arm-pits, their precious flask of hot-water.
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