Mate is a sort of tea that comes from an herb found in the rain forests of Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina. People in this region have been drinking this stuff forever and while in Buenos Aries, you are sure to see mate souvenirs sold all over town.
To drink it, the server (cebedor) fills the mate (which technically refers to a hollowed out gourd) with the herb (often yerba mate) about 2/3 full. Still with me? Okay. Then, he puts the bombilla (a silver straw with a filter on the bottom end) deep into the herb. Then he pours hot water into the mate over the herb and sips it through the bombilla. . This first drink might be bitter so after the cebedor tries it, he will refill the mate with water and serve it to the others.
There is no caffeine in it, but it is an herb. Is it addicitve? Well, I only tried it once and I'm not addicted!! I had no side effects, but I've been told that some first-timers have felt sick afterwards.
Mate is a very common herb we drink. There is a place where you can taste it 1½ block from my house. This place it's called Cumana. It's address is: Rodriguez Peña between Arenales and Santa Fe. There you have also typical food from Argentina. It's a very nice place.
I am here with Mohsin, drinking mate at Cumana.
You wount have problems at all
but if any douby ask to an agency.
If someone invite you with a 'mate', accept you'll love it!