For starters, let’s clear up the myth. It is in fact quite important because, in its fair measure, it provides the infusion with foam and aroma. Therefore, Yerba Mate is shaken just so that the leaves and sticks mix; causing the powder to go to the top so that it does not cuase the bombilla to get stuck.
The powder is nothing more than ground leaf, and it is a component that is specially prepared and dosed, because it is essential to achieve the balanced flavor we want.
So, in order to achieve an even distribution of the Yerba Mate with its powder; the first thing we have to take care of is the accumulation of powder at the base of the Mate. Since we should have a balanced powder with each prepared Mate, it is recommended to shake and mix the Yerba.
Valeria Trapaga, for example, mixes the Yerba before pouring it into the Mate. About that, she says: