Whether you’ve traveled extensively or not, you know the world is vast and different. People worship different Gods, have their own unique cuisine and diets, and either enjoy warm weather or crazy snow storms. However, if there’s one thing that’s common to all cultures, it is the love for a hot beverage.
They can be enjoyed at any time of the day, for pretty much any occasion. It can also be appreciated alone reading a book, or with a friend at a coffee shop. You can have it with your family at home or enjoy it in an intricate foreign ritual. The point is that each country and culture have their peculiarities and I’m here to tell you all about it!
1. Yerba Mate – Argentina
When you travel around the south of South America (mainly Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay) and see a group of people passing around and drinking from a weird looking vessel, you can bet they’re probably having some yerba mate – or chimarrão, in Portuguese.
The vessel is usually a calabash gourd and people use a metal straw to drink from it. The straw also works as a sieve since the dried tea leaves are loose inside the container. Each country has a different set of rules for their drinking ritual, so it’s important to learn them before taking part.