Having fun preparing Chimarrão (Erva Maté)
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Do you know of any tea that not only tastes good but also allows you to express your creativity? Well, Chimarrão is that tea! Chimarrão is the Brazilian way of drinking Yerba Mate. Chimarrão is made from the same plant as the Argentinian, Paraguayan and Uruguayan Yerba Mate but it is not aged hence its neon green color and it is cut very finely, mostly dust and a bit of stems.
The powdery consistency allows compaction of the mountain of Maté that can be shaped and will keep it shape. To illustrate what I mean, see this chart from Ervateira Baronesa:
Don't they look beautiful? It's such a great way to show your love to someone by putting time and effort to make something beautiful for them to drink.
Here is a video showing how to make one of them:
Making a regular Chimarrão usually takes more time than making a regular cup of black or green tea. Although you can find Chimarrão in tea bags, it won't tastes as good as if you prepare it in a specialized gourd (called cuia), I'm not kidding. Making an artistic Chimarrão, obviously, takes even more time.
Yesterday, I gave it a try and made a basic design for my wife:
This morning, I attempted a square one. It's not easy lol but I tried my best to make something out 😅
What other tea allows you to have so much fun making it? Even the regular Yerba Mate cannot do this due to the coarser cut.
I'm now hooked, I drink Chimarrão every day and occasionally Yerba Maté as it contains more caffeine and would give me a good kick in the morning.
A friend of mine told me she has a lot of bamboo in her backyard that are large enough to make drinking cups. So I went there to cut some and to my surprise, they were all purple! Such a beautiful color.
I spent an hour at her place to make some cups for her and her family and then headed home to continue working. Later in the evening I spent some time in the garage to make some for mine.
Previously on my blog:
- My town has been spared from the Australian bushfire
- Having fun with primitive skills and making a bamboo bowl
- Homemade Guampa for drinking Tereré
- Sunday in the garden
- I completed the 100 day Iron Shirt Neigong training
- Restoring an old rusty Chimenea wood heater
- Fishing and making kombucha
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