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Yerba mate is the super food of teas.  With 24 vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants, it will power you all day long without the jitters or crash of coffee.
Plus, feel good about the fact that Guayaki is fair trade, organic, and proceeds of every bag go to support saving the rain forest from deforestation.


Yerba mate (yer-bah  mah-tay) is made from the naturally caffeinated and nourishing leaves of the  celebrated South American rainforest holly tree (Ilex  paraguariensis).

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. 

Powerful Rainforest  Experience!  For centuries, South America’s Aché Guayakí tribe have sipped yerba  mate from a traditional mate gourd for its rejuvenative effects. These  rainforest people find tremendous invigoration, focus, and nourishment in yerba  mate.  The leaves of the rainforest mate tree naturally contain 24 vitamins and  minerals, 15 amino acids, abundant antioxidants. In fact, The Pasteur Institute  and the Paris Scientific society in 1964 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."


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.


Yerba Mate (Ilex  paraguariensis) is a small tree native to the subtropical Atlantic forests of  Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina. This evergreen member of the holly family was  introduced to modern civilizations by the indigenous Guarani of Paraguay,  Argentina and Brazil.  Yerba mate naturally contains 24 vitamins and minerals,  15 amino acids, abundant antioxidants, and is generally consumed for vitality,  clarity, and well being. Yerba mate is the uplifting and nourishing choice of  health-minded individuals.

There are  many legends surrounding yerba mate, and it's known to the Argentine Gauchos  (cowboys) as their "liquid vegetable", and to the native forest peoples who have  survived periods of drought and famine by drinking yerba mate as the “Drink of  the Gods”. 

The icon for yerba mate  is the unique gourd from which it is consumed and shared, the Mate Gourd.   “Yerba” means herb.  “Mate” is derived from the quichua word,  "matí," which is  the name of the gourd (Lagenaria vulgaris) traditionally used to drink yerba  mate. So, literally, yerba mate means “herb cup”.  For centuries people have  sipped yerba mate using a gourd and bombilla - a filter like straw.  It is  believed that drinking yerba mate from the gourd is a joyful way to receive the  healthful and invigorating properties of yerba mate.  The mate gourd is offered  as a symbol of hospitality and is peacefully passed from hand to hand around a  circle of friends while ideas are shared, stories are told, and a sense of  community is created.  Yerba mate lifts the spirit.

In Paraguay, yuyeras  (herbalists) have been using yerba mate for centuries as the base of herbal  medicine mixtures called “remedios” or remedies.  It is common to make  “remedios” with yerba mate by steeping medicinal herbs in the water used to  prepare mate in the gourd.  It is believed that by improving circulation and  promoting balance, yerba mate acts as a catalyst to enhance the healing powers  of other herbs.

Yerba mate contains  caffeine, theophylline, and theobromine, well-known stimulants also found in  tea, coffee and chocolate.  The caffeine content varies between that of green  tea and coffee.  Unlike tea, yerba mate has a low tannin content so it can be  strong like coffee with out becoming extremely bitter.  Unlike coffee, yerba  mate is not oily and acid forming, so it is less likely to cause stomach acid  and jitters.

Yerba mate is very  versatile and can be prepared a variety of ways, from a tea infuser or French  press to a coffee machine, even an espresso maker.  It can be consumed hot, or  cold, and served with with milk and honey or with lemon and  mint.

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