Bariloche, Patagonia, Argentina
Stevie Anna grew up in the woods of Oregon, the deserts of Texas and ended up in the heart of the wilderness of Patagonia. There she was introduced to yerba mate and the culture surrounding it. Falling in love with the vast, wild land that is Patagonia, she embarked on a 1,200+ mile journey crossing Patagonia by horseback with her pup Darcie. Exploring it so intimately, Stevie now calls Patagonia home. In a land that was built on the backs of horses, there’s no better way to explore it. Peninsula Mitre is the furthest point one can travel south on the continent. It holds nearly 800,000 acres of uninhabited, pristine, wilderness. Stevie’s most current mission is to bring other adventurers to explore Peninsula Mitre by horseback with the purpose on bringing attention to this fragile land, its traditions and most importantly the need to protect it.
MATE TIME WITH STEVIE ANNA
- You will need: Campfire Yerba Mate (Yerba), Gourd (Mate), Metal straw with filter (Bombilla), Kettle (Pava).
- Once your campfire is hot, separate some of the hot coals to the edge of the fire. Set the pava atop the coals to heat the water.
- Pour the yerba into the mate until it is about 2/3rds full.
- Using your hand to cover the mouth of the gourd, tip it over and shake out the powdered dust. Then be sure the yerba settles to one side of the gourd, leaving some empty space on the other side.
- Pour a small amount of warm water down the empty part of the mate and let it sit for at least one minute. This allows the yerba to bloom and prevents the leaves from getting sucked up the straw.
- Place the bombilla in the mate at an angle with the filtered end heading down through the empty, wet part of the yerba and resting across on the bottom of the mate.
- Pour the nearly boiling water where the bombilla enters the yerba.
- Did you know that many gauchos add a spoonful of sugar atop their yerba mate and pour the water over the sugar, creating a sweet mate? This special brew is know as "mate dulce" in Argentina. If you prefer a mate without sugar, then you like it "amargo" or bitter. Add your sweetness here (honey is great too) if you prefer it!
- Sip and enjoy… preferably with good folks, mountains, and an accordion.