How to treat your calabash? (first use only)

Updated: Aug 30, 2021

Before you even begin the traditional mate experience, it is important to treat your calabash. This step should only be done before the first use. However, it is not necessary to do this if your gourd is made of ceramic or stainless steel.


Why is it important to do this?

  • To avoid an unpleasant first experience

  • To remove live bacteria

  • To remove organic detritus

  • To close the pores of the inner layer with maté


The 4 steps to follow :


Follow the 4 steps carefully or watch the video below for an optimal treatment. If you want to learn more about the world of mate, we invite you to watch our youtube channel.

Step 1 :

Add hot water at 100ºC to your calabash

Step 2 :

Take a spoon and gently scrape the inside surfaces of your calabash for 3 minutes and discard as much loose plant material as you can

Step 3 :

Fill 3/4 of your calabash with yerba mate and follow the steps "how to prepare mate according to the argentinean method".

Step 4 :

Enjoy your first traditional mate.

When you are finished, add hot water (do not go past the steel ring) and wait 12 hours before emptying. Your calabash is now processed and ready for adventure.



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We hope that this article has helped you throughout the treatment of your calabash and we wish you an excellent journey into the world of mate! Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about mate. We are at your entire disposal and don't forget to share, as this is an integral part of the mate philosophy.



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