The World’s Most Expensive Yerba?

2010 September 19
by Simba
Yerba Mate by Benjamin Pender, on Flickr
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We always bring yerba mate back from Buenos Aires. It has become another habit as a biproduct of the passion for tango. Everywhere you will see porteños with their little thermoses and the cup with a metal straw, the bombilla, sipping away. In the queue, in the park, on the bus, in tango classes etc etc.

Anyway — we ran out of the stuff after a couple of months after our return, and went to the specialist tea and coffee store in town. And got what must be the most expensive yerba mate the earth has ever seen. In Buenos Aires, it is really cheap, and often associated with lower social classes, somewhere between fifty cent and a dollar a package (500g). The supermarkets got millions of brands, and everybody got their favorite yerba. In out tea store they got one kind. And 500g cost about $20. And it didn’t really taste that good, no idea what brand it is. I should go there and ask if they know how it is used, it is priced the same as black/green tea, of which one uses but a small fraction of  the amount for each serving compared with the preparation of  a mate.

Since we’re not planning on going back soon, the solution will have to be found on the internet. Not as cheap as in the supermercado, of course, but more reasonable priced. Anyone got a tip for a good store that ships to Europe and carries Cruz de Malta and Rosamonte?

6 Responses leave one →
  1. 2010 September 19

    Are you in the UK, Simba?
    I might be able to squeeze a packet into my case when I come back in a couple of weeks. Might tide you over until you find an internet supplier…

  2. 2010 September 20

    in my neighborhood, Queens NYC, 1kg costs around $5.00. 🙂

  3. 2010 September 20

    @Mark: Thanks, that is very kind of you, but I am not in the UK, and if you are anything like people returning here from BsAs, your luggage will be packed already… I’ll find something, just wanted to check if any of my readers got a place to recommend.

    @TP: That would be more reasonable pricing, yes 🙂

  4. 2010 September 25

    I just picked up some Taragui http://www.taragui.com.ar/ from a local shop today here in Oslo, Norway. I paid about $6-7 for it.
    The only downside was the “best before May 2010”, but I’ll give it a try. 🙂

  5. 2010 October 7

    Have you tried googling ‘buy yerba mate UK’ (or wherever you are!)? There are online stores in the UK and Germany, and I think they have Cruz de Malta or Rosamonte. It’s never going to be as cheap as in BsAs, but it’s available.

  6. 2010 October 8

    @tangocommuter: Yes I did, and I found a few places, but none that stood out as most trustworthy, so I was hoping for some help from the lazyweb. Looks like I will just have to give some place a go though.

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