In Sweden it is fika (coffee), in Germany it is apfelshorle (sparkling apple juice), in Egypt it is shay and sheesha (tea and hooka), and now in Argentina it is Mate.

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Mate is a tea drink that is made by steeping dried yerba mate leaves in hot water. People sip from a metal straw and share one cup made from a old dried out gord which has been often wrapped in leather. It tastes very earthy, has a lot of caffein, and is an alternative to coffee. Actually, in Berlin “Club Mate” is very popular, which is a cold sparkling version of Mate tea, which you can buy by the bottle in almost every späti. Only the cool kids drink that one.

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