Maté: The Elusive Green Powder

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“Maté is a traditional drink found across Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay and southern Brazil. Maté is a green-tea-like infusion made by steeping the dried leaves from yerba mate, a tree which belongs to the holly family, in hot water. It has a high caffeine content, and is used as a stimulant and social drink in much the same way as coffee. Traditionally it is served in a small, hollowed out gourd, also called a mate, and drunk through a cylindrical metal tube called a bombilla. The word mate comes from the Quechua language.”