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Guayakí Yerba Mate - A Powerful Rainforest Experience

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Thursday, September 13, 2007

GUEST BLOG: Guayakí, Oh How I Love Thee
by Jenni Simmons

Guayakí bottled mat,

Like Kerry, I, too, am very passionate about Guayakí loose-leaf maté.  Specifically, I'm obsessed with Guayakí's Dark Roast Java Maté.  I make this smoky brew in our coffee pot every morning.  It is my first task of the day; well, after feeding the cats.  Harley and Milo seem to believe they rank higher than maté, but I'm undecided.  I pour the healthy caffeine into a favorite non-sustainable mug, stir in a packet of stevia, and the first sip is Heaven, pure bliss.  I cradle the refilled mug with affection well into the late morning, even until the maté turns cold.  I discovered that I didn't mind the temperature change, but rather liked the cool liquid on my tongue.  Hot Houston, TX summers and chilled beverages go very well together.

And so, my husband and I purchased a few bottles of Guayakí organic maté and stuck them in the fridge.  Johnny selected Empower Mint and Pure Endurance and of the two, he now reaches for Empower Mint whenever we stock up at Whole Foods.  My doctor put me on an obnoxious yeast-free diet for the time being, and since all sugars feed yeast, I selected Unsweetened Maté.  Johnny actually tried a bottle once with honey and once with stevia and reports both were delicious, but so far, I'm content with plain maté by its lonesome.  It really quenches my thirst and somehow has a citrus tang.  The only ingredients are purified water, Guayakí yerba maté, yerba maté extract, manioc root starch, and malic acid.  I'm not sure which of those ingredients tastes like citrus to me, but whatever it is, I like.  I gulp down at least a bottle a day, or when taking it slow, 2-3 bottles a week.  Guayakí is full of antioxidants and health benefits; surely my doctor would approve:

Each Guayakí Organic Yerba Mate bottle contains caffeine levels comparable to a cup of coffee, however, the stimulation is balanced by maté's natural theobromines and theophyllines as well as other restorative nutritional content.

I love that Guayakí is a true sustainable, fair trade company, and I remain loyal for a superficial reason, too: they will give me free stuff.  I saved our numerous  bottle caps and empty loose-leaf maté bags and shipped them off to Guayakí two weeks ago.  I'm eagerly anticipating our loot because I requested either a gourd gift pack or a travel mug.  Even if a T-shirt is the only free item available, I'll still be able to flash my Guayakí pride.  Heck, I even stalked them on MySpace.