Mate is a very popular drink in Argentina and you will see people drinking mate as soon as you arrive to Buenos Aires for your Spanish classes. Even if you don’t live with a host family but elsewhere (at one of our students residences in Buenos Aires, or in a hostel), you will see local people drinking mate. Where? Everywhere!
Argentine people LOVE and ADORE mate and will drink it everywhere: at work, at home, on the streets in Buenos Aires, in the parks, alone, or with friends or relatives.
So it’s time for you now, as a Spanish student in Buenos Aires, to learn more about this incredible important tradition for the local people. You will learn how to prepare and how to drink Mate as the Argentines.
What you need to know
To start with, the yerba mate is a sort of strong green/herbal tea, with a rather bitter taste. In this blog I will explain you what you need in order to prepare your own Argentine mate, how you should prepare it and what kind of rules you should follow drinking it. Rules? Yes, there are rules. It’s not about drinking only, it’s a true Argentine ritual.
What do you need to prepare mate?
How do you prepare a mate?
First you need to warm up water in a kettle, but don’t heat it up until it boils. The water should be around 80 or 90 degrees. While the water is heating up, you can start to prepare the mate.
Now you can put the hot water in. You always put the water in front of the bombilla. Now you can enjoy your tasteful mates. After drinking around half a liter, it is advisable to throw away the yerba and if you want to drink more, follow all the steps described above again.
Rules of drinking mate
By knowing all this, you are now ready to prepare and drink mate Argentinian style, enjoy it! If you have any questions or fun experience to share, please don’t hesitate and just post them below here!