For some South Americans, a well-prepared mate will replace a morning coffee just as well as a 5 o’clock tea. It’s naturally caffeinated leaves give drinkers stimulation in the form of a balanced sense of focus and alertness that lasts.
As the mate gourd is passed around, a sense of connection emerges. The first step of the ceremony is the preparation of the gourd. Typically, the cebador/a - mate server - prepares mate for a friend or a group of friends.