At a local gathering, the host has the honor of preparing the chimarrão in the cuia (a dry, hollowed out gourd) and sipping it through the bomba (a metallic straw with a filter). As a sign of hospitality, the host will drink the first serving as the initial infusion is the most bitter.
After softening the bitterness for his guests, the host will share the chimarrão. The cuia is refilled with more hot water and offered to the next person in the circle. Following this example, each person in the circle will drink to the bottom, refill the cuia and continue to pass along it along to the next person until the circle is complete. Through this wonderful ritual of sharing and serving chimarrão to one another, a deep social bond of trust and acceptance is born.
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