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Product Review: Meta Mate 2 in 1 Thermos in the Backcountry

By: Mi Yerba Mate

I had been thinking about how to transfer my taste for yerba mate to outdoor sports for some time. I’ve always carried my thermos and mate to the rock for climbing and on multi-day backpacking trips from Africa to Patagonia and beyond. All of these activities involve either stopping long enough to enjoy a mate session or sipping on the drink throughout the day. When the activity ends, I clean out the mate gourd, pack up the bombilla and thermos, and I’m on my way.

This year I started backcountry skiing more frequently, and this seasoned yerba mate drinker was challenged with bringing the joy of the drink to more isolated places while doing it in a way that makes sense.

Skiing in the backcountry—or in my case splitboarding—involves near-constant movement and several breaks. Much like when climbing a mountain, instead of waiting for the summit, I’d prefer to be able to suck down some yerba mate throughout. To do this, I knew I needed a mate gourd with a lid.

I searched online and came across the Meta Mate Thermo-glass, a hard-plastic insulated glass with two lids: lower lid has a loose-leaf tea filter and upper lid is the cap. The glass thermos is approximately 20 cm (7 inches) tall with a 5 cm diameter (2 inches). Like my dog Mino, the size is perfect; easy to stuff in a bag, not too small and not too big.


Meta Mate was created in 2011 as a way to bring high quality, natural yerba mate from Brazil’s Atlantic coast to consumers around the world. Meta Mate offers raw yerba mate as well as traditional yerba mate produced using indigenous processing techniques. Products such as the 2 in 1 Thermos have been designed for these teas.

I live in a skier’s paradise with access to wide swaths of backcountry in the realm of the Wasatch Mountains. Due to a dry winter with few storms, the backcountry has become important for ski hounds looking for fresh tracks. So I packed up my backpack, skins and boards on a sunny Saturday and headed for the mountains.

The Meta Mate 2 in 1 Thermos is tough enough to throw in a backpack without worrying about breakage. I packed two liters of hot water, filled the Meta Mate flask with two heaping spoonsful of CachaMate yerba.

During the ascent it was hard to not think about my imminent yerba mate session. In two hours, we reached the base of the upper bowls on the north face of Ben Lomand peak. Eating a snack, I unsheathed the Meta Mate flask, plunged my bombilla and took a few sips. Meticulously, I left dry yerba for the summit.

I gave Mino a quick snack and screwed the lid back on, strapped on my boards. After a refreshing mate, I was energized. It was clear to me that I could enjoy the backcountry more with yerba mate streaming through my body.

Another hour and we reached the summit. The wind whipped loose snow in every direction, making it difficult to do anything with bare hands, let alone put on the boards for downhill. Here, the 2 in 1 Thermos was especially advantageous. Without taking off my gloves, I quickly poured in enough hot water and my bombilla and had an invigorating push before launching down the steep mountain. And before Mino was completely covered in snow, off we went.


Before riding back to the car, I stopped for one more mate session. At least three hours after my first drink, I finished off the hot water, and the yerba was finally cashed. A five hour tour, I was able to drink yerba mate on three occasions without having to set up a gourd, wash it out, or worry about wet yerba spilling in my pockets.

Meta Mate 2 in 1 Thermo-Glass      10424997_928529137198707_7933750261434849519_n$35 USD

In the US: http://www.projectmatebar.com/product/2-in-1-thermos/

In Europe: http://metamate.cc/meta-mate-home/products/thermos-2-in-1-mate/

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