Mariana and Lucila Gamburd, a mother and daughter duo from Argentina, noticed that when they moved to the United States in 2001 their love and passion for drinking yerba mate was lacking a sense community compared to the mate community that prevailed in South America. For them, drinking their mate the traditional way was like having a companion at all times, and whenever they found someone else who shared this fondness for the healthy, energizing beverage, an immediate connection and friendship would spark.
While growing up in the states, Lucila noticed that the mate culture was barely established as her peers were curious to know what it was when she would bring it to school or work every day. She felt that she was missing the sense of community and connection that the mate culture offered back home, and when she voiced her thoughts to her mother, Mariana, they both loved the idea of incorporating the traditions of drinking mate in the states, as well as fostering and nourishing a modern mate community. With innovative and elegant double-walled stainless steel mate gourds and thermos as well as organic, fair trade and high quality yerba, they inspired to grow the mate community that was seeped into their roots, while offering modernizing ways for the mate community to be able to cultivate and flourish here.