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1 TB in a gourd with 250 mL water @ 98, drunk bare.

First, I gotta warm ya: the new ceramic mate gourd with bombilla at DavidsTea is a design FAILURE. It looks cute, but it gets WAYYYY too hot to touch. Seriously, there is no safe way to pick it up. The ceramic gets extremely hot. This could easily result in a bad scald.My hand has a slight burn from trying not to drop the damn thing.

The new Cocoa Canela mate blend, however, is quite good. Lots of cinnamon. Lots of chocolate. Some mate. Makes a very murky brew in the gourd, but that’s to be expected with the chcooclate and cinnamon. It’s a sweetish, mily chooclate flavour, and the cinnamon is fresh and penetrating.

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205 °F / 96 °C
Michelle Butler Hallett

I had no similar too-hot-tot-ouch problems with my natural gourd. This thing is cute but damn, use a potholder:
http://www.davidstea.com/special-collections/mate-and-guayusa-teas/ceramic-mate-gourd

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Michelle Butler Hallett

I had no similar too-hot-tot-ouch problems with my natural gourd. This thing is cute but damn, use a potholder:
http://www.davidstea.com/special-collections/mate-and-guayusa-teas/ceramic-mate-gourd

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