What is Yerba Mate?
Yerba Mate vs. Green Tea and Energy Drinks
Questions About Guayaki
Q: What is Yerba Mate?
A: Yerba mate as the “strength of coffee, the health benefits of tea, and the euphoria of chocolate" all in one beverage. Of the six commonly used stimulants in the world: yerba mate, coffee, tea, kola nut, cocoa and guarana, yerba mate triumphs as the most balanced, delivering both energy and nutrition.
Q: What are the health benefits of Yerba Mate?
- Vitamins: A, C, E, B1, B2, Niacin (B3), B5, B Complex
- Minerals: Calcium, Manganese, Iron, Selenium, Potassium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Zinc
- Additional Compounds: Carotene, Fatty Acids, Chlorophyll, Flavonols, Polyphenols, Inositol, Trace Minerals, Antioxidants, Tannins, Pantothenic Acid and 15 Amino Acids .
- Theophylline, theobromine, and caffeine
Yerba Mate provides a wealth of nutrients
The Pasteur Institute and the Paris Scientific society in 1964 were interested in this healthy source of vitamins and did a thorough study of its properties. The investigators concluded “it is difficult to find a plant in any area of the world equal to mate in nutritional value” and that yerba mate contains “practically all of the vitamins necessary to sustain life.” In addition, results from a study done by researchers at the University of Madrid assert a high content of mineral elements, especially K, Mg, and Mn, in mate. They considered those findings “to be of great relevance” to the nutritional value of mate infusions. Yerba mate is more nutritious than green tea
Yerba mate has been used as a base for herbal medicines in South America for centuries, and the plant’s benefits and therapeutic properties have recently been verified by a number of scientific studies. The chemical components of yerba mate are similar to those found in green tea; however, yerba mate is more nutritious than green tea.
Q: What make Guayaki Yerba Mate so special?
A: Uniquely grown it its native forest environment, Guayaki Yerba Mate is cherished as a sacred beverage. Like high quality coffee, high quality mate is shade-grown, in the rich ecosystem of the rainforest; delivering more flavor and nutritional value. Sheltered from direct sunlight, rainforest grown yerba mate leaves are dark, emerald green and teeming with nutrients and flavor.
Guayaki Yerba Mate is a work of art; crafted like a fine wine, it is grown, harvested, and dried according to time – honored traditions. Harvested from the lush subtropical forest, Guayaki hand-picks only the leaves and tender stems. After passing through a flash heating process to protect the antioxidants and nutritional properties, the mate is dried at a low-temperature and aged for one year for a smooth, rich and balanced flavor.
Yerba mate is a holly tree native to the Atlantic Rainforest of Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina. To create Guayaki’s Yerba Mate, the “whole plant – whole energy” approach is used, combining the leaves and tender stems to produce a beverage with unique flavor and balanced energy. Our delicious flavored blends are a combination of our Traditional Yerba Mate and unique organic herbs and spices. Learn more about our Yerba mate products.
Guayakí’s MARKET-DRIVEN-RESTORATION business model directly links our customer’s purchases to our partner farming communities in the South American Atlantic Rainforests. Guayakí’s partners sustainably harvest organic yerba mate from rainforest grown cultivations and reforestation projects, generating a renewable income stream which enables these communities to improve their lives and restore their lands.
Q: What is the Mate Gourd Ceremony?
A: Yerba mate is the national drink of Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Southern Brazil where it is consumed 6 to 1 over coffee. In Argentina, over 90% of the people drink yerba mate with a gourd and bombilla.
Sharing the Mate Gourd Tomando mate (drinking mate) is a symbol of hospitality. As the mate gourd is passed around, a sense of connection emerges. The first step of the ceremony is the preparation of the gourd. Typically, the cebador/a – mate server – prepares mate for a friend or a group of friends. The cebador/a drinks the first one or two gourd-fulls, testing the waters to ensure that only a smooth running mate is shared. Then the gourd is refilled with water and passed counter-clockwise with the bombilla (straw-filter) facing the recipient. Each person drinks the entire gourd: “you share the vessel, not the liquid.” The recipient of the gourd has as much time as needed to finish the gourd-full. After the last few sips of the mate are gone, the gourd is returned with the bombilla facing the cebador/a. The gourd is refilled with hot water and follows around the circle, continuing in this fashion until the mate is lavado (flat). If someone has had enough mate, they simply say gracias (thank you) to indicate that they are finished.
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“I adore your green tea. It’s never bitter, and tastes wonderful. Equally important, I LOVE your mission to make our earth a better place. Thank you!” — Christine
“I started drinking yerba matte about 6 years ago when a friend suggested it to me. I’ve been addicted ever since. I have 2 or 3 a day!” — Lisa
“I’m writing to thank you for your amazing, life-changing product. I honestly believe yerba mate is a potion, rather than a tea! The last few years have been rocky ones, dealing with depression, substance abuse and a substantial weight gain. A few months ago I decided to take a stand and end my destructive attitude towards life. I drink your product (my favorite so far is Pure Empower Mint teabags) multiple times a day, and I can feel the yerba mate pulling me up. I see my life more clearly, and understand that I am truly blessed. This tea gives me focus to think positively, energy to enjoy life and a new attitude about healthy lifestyle. I recommend Guayaki to all my friends, and I’m happy to say that my mom is a new customer! Also, I am no longer using alcohol as a means of “relief;” instead I make a pot of tea and make a night out of it! Thanks so much for your product; it has made such a significant impact in my life and best of all, it’s delicious!!" — Hannah
“I am the lead singer in an indie rock band in Brooklyn, NY and injured my vocal cords right before our last national tour. As a lifelong coffee addict, I was devastated when the first thing my ENT told me to do was STOP DRINKING COFFEE alltogether. I woke up depressed and lethargic every day until I discovered Guayaki Mate at the health food deli near my apartment. I would never go back to coffee now — it aggravates my throat and makes me tense. Mate makes me feel awake, alive, and still hydrated and relaxed! Who knew? I advertise it at every gig!” — Louisa
“I finally decided to write to you. The only thing I want to say is that I am absolutely not a tea person what so ever. Last month one of my in-laws brought some Guayaki tea bags over and he asked me to give one a try. So I didŠand I kid you not I I I L O V E your guayaki tea ! ! That’s it, Thx” — Shary
“Simply said, Yerba Mate is YERBALISTIC!!!” — Paul
“Just wanted to let you know I have been a tea drinker for years, but have never ventured to the mate. I recently started to drink it and I love your product soooooooooo much it has changed my life, I work nights here at a hospital and as you can imagine my body is turned upside down, but your mate tastes the best and just well is the best... thank you for making a great product, I just wanted to let you all know that you put a smile on someones face everyday. Keep up the great work.: — Kerry
“I first encountered Guayaki while working in restaurants with South Americans. It worked wonders to keep us on our feet during those long shifts. Then I discovered the true power of the tea during long hiking trips. The sustained energy really helps on long days of walking. After that I took bags of Guayaki with me to Thailand, where my wife and I actually prefered it over the local green teas! This last year, we spent three months in Ecuador and brought Guayakii with us for long treks in the mountains and in the Amazon basin. We still have yet to drink a proper mate from a gourd, but we love it anyway! It gives us the right kind of sustained energy that makes life fun!” — Richard
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