What the Heck is Yerba Mate?

In News // on September 14th, 2009 // by // No comment

One of our most popular teas, the Yerba Mate craze is sweeping the city… and there are good reasons why.

Yerba Mate, is a tea made from the leaves and stems of a tree found in Paraguay, Argentina, Chile, Peru, and Brazil. The yellow-green infusion has an earthy quality to it and is much bolder than green tea, to which it should be compared in colorcoffee beans only. Yerba mate is consumed by millions of South Americans each year, as it is a healthy and tasty alternative to coffee. In studies, mate has been shown to help aid in weight loss, increase energy levels, and fight bad breath, among its many other health benefits!

Yerba Mate Just like fine coffees, high quality yerba mate is grown in the shade of taller trees, in a rainforest-like setting. This type of agriculture preserves the natural ecosystems of coffee and tea growing countries, and is normally coupled with organic and other sustainable farming practices. Our yerba mate is completely Fair Trade and Organically grown.

One misconception about mate is that it is caffeine-free. In fact it does contain caffeine- about 45 mg per 8 ounce serving. In comparison, the same amount of coffee contains about 135 mg of caffeine. If you are trying to cut back on caffeine, mate would be a great choice. For more information on yerba mate, check out www.guayaki.com

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