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Yerba Mate Glossary

Barbacua


The oldest method of drying yerba mate, first used by Guarani indians hundreds of years ago. During the barbacua process, the leaves are exposed to the heat of a wood fire for a long period of time (around 12-24 hours), which gives the final product distinctive smoky flavor.

Body


Characteristic, used to define the tactile feel of mate in the mouth, similar to other gourmet products, like wine or coffee. It includes the mouthfeel of the drink, its thickness and weight. Cut of yerba mate, drying methods and aging all contribute to the body of mate. Usually, body can be described as light, medium and full — the more thick and dense mate feels in the mouth, the more full body it has.

Bomba


Bombilla in Portugese. Usually term bomba refers to relatively big bombillas for drinking chimarrão.

Bombilla


Special drinking straw with a filtration system in the lower end of it. Usually made from metal or hollow-stemmed cane. Used for drinking mate traditionally with a gourd. Read more