Teas & Chimarrão
Chimarrão or cimarrón is a South American traditional beverage. Chimarrão (also known as mate, pronounced [ˈmate]) is a strong tea prepared from the greens of the yerba mate (Ilex paraguariensis) or 'erva mate', in Portuguese, and very popular in Rio Grande do Sul (a state in southern Brazil) and neighboring countries such as Paraguay, Argentina, Uruguay and southern Chile. Its preparation requires some practice and a special gourd recipient called a "cuia" in Portuguese and "mate" in Spanish through a special metal straw called "bomba" and "bombilla". It is usually drunk in groups, but in the same cuia (in Argentina most of the people use their own). Those who usually drink it are culturally called Gaúchos. People usually drink chimarrão early in the morning or in the evening.