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It is a College assignment on a typical South American beverage. It was written for my course in International Business at Martin College, Sydney, Australia (1999).

Submitted: September 06, 2012

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Submitted: September 06, 2012




Ana Esther


*What is Chimarrão? -A typical tea of Southern South America; known in English as Paraguayan Tea.

*Historical data

-plant is original from Paraguay

-drunk by native Indians / pampa cowboys = Gauchos

-popular among Europeans: Colonial period (XVI-XIX C.) -decline started after Jesuits’ expulsion (XVIII C.)

-dramatic increase in popularity XX C.

-Argentina: largest producer/consumer

-Uruguay: largest consumer per capta

-very popular: Chile, Paraguay, Brazil (South)

*Geographical Location (have a look at maps on the Southern tip of South America)

*Types of Chimarrão (Regional differences)

-Traditional (plain: sugarless, bitter)

-Ladylike (sugar added/candy)

-Modified (with milk)

-Tererê (with ice-cold water in a cow’s horn)


-container => Cuia (emptied gourd plant)

-silver straw => Bomba (with a filter)

-kettle or thermos for hot water

*How to prepare it: (As it is a traditional ritual there are many different ways of preparation. One way is when the server fills the cuia with the tea powder and presses it to one side of the cuia leaving the other half of the container free for water later on. Then cold water is added. Let it rest for some minutes. When water has been drained, fill the empty side of the cuia with water at boiling point. It1s ready to be sipped!)

*How to drink it:

Not very common to drink it on one’s own; it’s a social ‘act’; group of friends joined in a circle.

The server fills the cuia with hot water and passes it clockwise to a friend; the order continues; participant drinks the cuia dry; say thanks only when you don’t want to drink it any more.


-good for the kidneys


-socializing ‘properties’

*Social Implications

Gaucho chimarrão drinker > what a lovable species!

*Is it addictive?

Yes = you’ll be looking forward to the next ‘chimarrão time’ with your friends/family

No = it is not a drug (it has nothing to do with coke, marijuana, etc.)

Proof: it is legally imported by the USA, England and Australia and other countries!!!


When you go to Brazil (or the other Southern South American countries) don’t miss the opportunity of joining a group of Chimarrão drinkers!

Or: make friends with South-American Australians...!


BERNARDSON,Wayne. Argentina, Uruguay & Paraguay - A Travel Survival kit. Hawthorne: Lonely Planet Publication, 1981. p. 68.

HAVERSTOCK, Nathan A. Paraguay in Pictures. Minneapolis: Lerner Publications Company, 1987. p. 42.

---. Uruguay in Pictures. Minneapolis: Lerner Publications Company, 1987. p. 48/53.

UHL, Michael. Frommers Comprehensive Travel Guide -Brazil. New York: Prentice Hall Press, 1991. p.213.

Note: These sources were used for both written and/or spoken texts.

* This work has been written for the subject Business Communication as part of the course Diploma in International Business at Martin College, Sydney, Australia on February 10th, 1999. I believe it may be interesting to share it so as more people can learn about this delicious tea!

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