A few months ago, my brilliant friend Brigitta told me about her yen for Yerba Mate.
I listened and took a mental note…and did nothing about it.
Then one afternoon, as I sat nestled upon my Tea Lounge couch, I noticed a display for the coffeehouse’s own Yerba Mate blend…which they served traditional style, with a hollowed-out gourd. I grew further intrigued. What was this mystical substance all the rage…without me?
According to my new friends at Guyaki Organic Yerba Mate, in South America, Yerba Mate has been revered for centuries as the “drink of the gods” and is drank daily for optimum health, sustained energy and mental clarity. Of the six commonly used stimulants in the world: yerba mate, coffee, tea, kola nut, cocoa, and guarana, yerba mate triumphs as nature’s most balanced stimulant, delivering both energy and nutrition. 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.”
Holy cow. No latte can say that!
Not only does it work, but it is delicious. And I have a new favorite source for my habit! (As any good junkie would.)
Yerba Mate teas come in all sorts of varieties. Some of my new favorites: (All from Guayaki):
Each Guayakí Organic Yerba Mate bottle contains caffeine levels comparable to a cup of coffee, however, the stimulation is balanced by mate’s natural theobromines and theophyllines as well as other restorative nutritional content. As a result, drinkers feel a sustained energy, clarity of mind, and the general well being characteristic of mate.
Guyaki also comes in lots of yum tea bag or loose tea flavors - including blends with red tea, green tea, and even cocoa!
Trust me, try it. You may just become a little less obsessed with Starbucks.