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This could possibly be one of the worst tasting teas I’ve had – ever. I don’t know what it is, it could very possibly be just me. But I can’t even finish a glass of this! Which is sad, because I bought a box I now have no use for. Something about the citrus and this almost burnt green flavor, I just can’t. Sorry to all the people who really like this one, but I guess not all teas work for all people. I have a box up for grabs, if anyone wants to trade.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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umm this has 120mg of caffeine per can.
it’s 11:33pm and i probably shouldn’t have even had the half a can i did.
it tastes nice. but the flavor is really kinda hard to describe. i mean, basically it’s carbonated and sweetened mate tea. i’d definitely buy it again. i don’t drink soda but i could easily enjoy this regularly.

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While I have an appreciation for bitter flavors that are awesome (dark roast coffee, certain teas, wicked dark chocolate, etc), my introduction to Yerba Mate was, “Whoa…too bitter for me.” However, I have such fond memories of my visit to Guayaki in California, I just had to try it again. This time I picked up a box of this cocoa infused blend. I tried it with lots of positive attitude but inner bracing against possible bitterness. OH…my…yumminess! Delicate sweetness, light cocoa and spice flavor, warming and delicious. Frothed with a little milk/non dairy bev. and a touch of honey, this became a latte of cocoa laced with spices; the yerba mate’s earthy and vegetal flavor creating a lovely counterpoint.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 15 sec

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38

I drink this tea for energy, but that’s about it. I can’t say that I particularly enjoy the flavor.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 30 sec
Steven Karr

try adding some honey and almond milk to make a ‘mate latte’. it’s delicous.. also, I use lemon or mint and drink it cold on hot days… love the good energy!

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65

I got a bag of this one in a swap and I feel terrible because I don’t remember who it was from! Usually I can tell from the handwriting but obviously there’s none on a teabag. I’m thinking… Kallieboo? Anyway, I don’t have that much experience with mate so I am always happy to try more!

no-tea related rambling below!

The name of this tea brought back so many memories. I majored in cultural anthropology in college, and a book about the Guayaki Indians was the first ethnography I read in my very first anthro class. My college required two courses in the social sciences as part of the core: I took sociology and hated it (but anthro and socio people notoriously don’t get along haha), and decided to give an intro anthropology class a shot for my second.

Looking back, that was the book that got me hooked. It dealt with incredibly complex and decisive topics that often wouldn’t even be touched upon even in a college class: homosexuality in native groups, coming-of-age rituals that involve mutilation, and endocannibalism. I knew anthropology was the major for me when it could get me to see something as foreign and “scary” as cannibalism as a beautiful process. In case you think I’m crazy endocannibalism is not eating random people, but usually includes death rituals in the tribe where a passed member is eaten so they live on forever. In their society, no person is truly dead: they live on forever in the bodies of their friends and family. Kind of beautiful, and very strange.

Anyway, I ended up digging up a lot of my old books because of this tea and flipping through them. I miss my old classes so much! I honestly have half a mind to contact some of my old professors and ask them for reading lists for their classes haha.

end rambling

And now, the tea! Though really, there’s not much to say about this one. It is nice, though unfortunately the top fell off of my honey while I was squeezing a little in so there is WAY too much and it kind of just tastes like honey. The cherry and orange are present but in the background, a very mildly flavored blend.

And the mate… well, I’m still not sure how I feel about mate. It tends to taste like hay to me (unless it is of the roasted variety). Which is funny, because I love guayusa because it tastes like the forest. But hay… not really sure how I feel about this. I need to expand my mate education!

Mercuryhime

I would love to talk more about cultural anthro with you when we meet up. I minored in it and majored in classical studies. Then English. :)

Alphakitty

I would as well! People tend to get a glazed-over look when I ramble on and on about anthro haha, so I’m always thrilled to find someone who is actually interested in the subject!

Bonnie

A tip I learned is that you can stretch tea(especially black teas) when you’re running out with yerba mate. All you taste is the black tea.

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drank Chai Spice Mate by Guayaki
1749 tasting notes

Thanks so much, CharlotteZero for this one! For some reason I assumed with this being a chai, that the yerba mate would be roasted. I can tell pouring the water and it turning a lovely shade of sea foam green that it is not roasted. I’m glad I didn’t use boiling water then, or it would have burnt the yerba mate. I taste tested after brewing for five minutes, but I thought it needed some more and brewed another five. I’m also not sure how the spices can be their best if I didn’t use boiling water. It’s a conundrum… use boiled water and you ruin the yerba mate. Use cooled water and the spices aren’t as pronounced. I don’t know. I like this, but I could be wrong… it seemed there was some stevia here. Not the Celestial Seasonings pumpkin ridiculous level of stevia though! A good yerba mate and some nice spices, but I kept noticing that stevia.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 8 min or more

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84

This was one of my first ventures with mate a few years ago. Lucky for me I enjoy chai and this is a slightly chocolatey version. I steep it for 10-12 minutes in very hot water and top it off with a splash of chocolate almond milk. Good evening drink for me as it often replaces dessert.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 8 min or more

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So I like mate blends…but I guess I’m not a huge fan of straight mate? The taste reminds me of the smell of hay. I did, however, like it when I steeped it with some crystallized ginger and then added sugar. I think next time I’m going to look for one without so many stems and so much dust, though.

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73

This is less chocolate and more spice than I was hoping for. It’s not bad, but I was expected a richer, deeper chocolate flavor and instead keep getting spice tap danced across my tongue. If you’re looking for a chocolate mate, I’d suggest 52 Teas brand, instead!

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drank Yerba Mate by Guayaki
59 tasting notes

Recently, I discovered a drink that I ADORE at the Philz on my walk to work. However, when I go there, I end up spending like $6 or more because I have no self control and get a vegan cookie, as well. Well, since I’m on a money AND food diet, I decided to buy a bag of these yerba mate bags, even though $5 for 25 seemed a little steep. Now, at Philz, I had them add a little soy milk and fresh mint, so I was trying to accomplish the same at home… SO, I mixed 40 oz of water with 4 yerba mate tea bags and 2 Trader Joe’s Mint Melange tea bags, then added some vanilla soy until my pot was about full (maybe a cup?)

PERFECT! Exactly what I was looking for. Too bad the tea bags are $5 for 25 and I’ve already used 6 bags since I bought them last night….

On a side note, does anybody know why there is a huge warning on the mate bag to NOT DRINK IT OVER 150 DEGREES?? :)

No rating, since I mixed it with another tea.

Preparation
150 °F / 65 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

they say that drinking too much Mate can give you cancer… (but they say the same thing about coffee/alcohol and everyone drinks that heh)
I suspect it’s because the scalding water burns your throat and THAT is what increases the cancer risk. Since that is how it was traditionally prepared in the mate gourds etc

Madeline Alyce

Oh my goodness, I swear EVERYTHING gives us cancer now! I don’t like super hot drinks and 150 is almost too COLD for tea. I wonder if the coffee place uses less hot water, or if they just use boiling for everything…..

Samantha

I had the same question, and it’s no dangerous to drink above 150, but they say that, " you want the temperature of your water no hotter than 150 degrees F, otherwise it can burn the leaves" Hope this helps

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drank Yerba Mate by Guayaki
87 tasting notes

It’s too bitter for my taste, and I can’t say as I derived any particular stimulating effects, either. If I ever had it again, I’d probably have to add honey or agave to help take the edge off.

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I’m such a loose tea snob but while rushing around from appointment to appointment this week I’ve turned to my tried and true Mate Chocolatte. It tastes a bit like a gingerbread to me, slightly like chocolate, but more like a rich spice.

This kind of keeps my energy up, I have 3 appointments to go, so technically about halfway done with the day but only about 2.5 hours, so I’m relying on this tea to get me home and cozied up with my kitten and my STASH of new teas.

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A review of Organic Yerba Mate Tea by Guayaki

Company: Guayaki
Tea Name: Organic Yerba Mate
Tea Type/Varietal: Yerba Mate
Region: South American rainforest
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ tea bag
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: very light green/light brown color
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 180 Fahrenheit
Time: 5 minutes

I turn to this tea once more and I am having it as my morning drink so it can help stimulate focus and clarity while boosting my energy. I take one tea bag and add the nearly boiled water to my cup and leave it to steep for five minutes.

Tea’s color is very light green/ light brown and hints of yerba mate for aroma. I mean I can smell there is something in my cup but no words really for me to describe as I am inexperience/don’t know.

I sip and sip the tea slowly while breathing in deeply the tea’s aroma; it is a mantra of sort as I sip and inhale and swish it around in my mouth than I swallow. I do this until tea is all gone.

2nd Steeping:
Water temperature: 190 Fahrenheit
Time: 10 minutes

I fixed yet another cup of this tea with longer steep for nearly 10 minutes. Tea color did not darken and the aroma is slightly stronger; it has a toasty aroma since brewed longer and hotter. And when I taste the tea this time it seems more robust mate flavoring. So I take a deep breath, then a sip of the tea while swooshing it in my mouth and then I swallow and exhale deeply. I do this until I finish drinking the tea.

What am I doing? I am having a relaxing cup of tea while meditating and incanting for peace with my surrounding environment which is most static and chaos seems to reign; while all seems quiet…but not.

I must say this is the most I have enjoyed partaking of this tea and I am thankful for the experience and the well-being feeling that comes from having drunk this tea. Thank you.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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A review of Organic Yerba Mate by Guayaki

Date: 11/15/2012
Company: Guayaki
Tea Name: Yerba Mate
Tea Type/Varietal: Mate
Region: Rainforest of South America
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ tea bag
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: dirty water/ brown
Leaf Characteristics: smells of dampness when steeping

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 200 Fahrenheit
Time: 5 minutes

I went from having a very lively cup of tea this morning to having this Yerba Mate this afternoon. Tea boasts a rich and robust mate flavor, toasty aroma, and a balanced finish. I keep missing this whenever I have tried this tea since it simply is not there. I can say the tea is toasty, but unlike granules.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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A review of Organic Yerba Mate by Guayaki
Date: 10/18/2012
Company: Guayaki
Tea Name: Organic Yerba Mate
Tea Type/Varietal: yerba mate
Region: South America
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ tea bag
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: dark color/ dark like the forest at night
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 180 Fahrenheit
Time: 10 minutes

Note: I spent a good part of the day drinking this tea to find out what indeed it would do for me. What I notice with the longer steeps is that the color darkens and taste bitter at first and gradually one can taste the different herbs of this tea. Not so much different herbs but to realize that it is herbal tea, tea leaves but not camellia sinensis.

Yerba Mate is known as the most balanced tea in that it delivers both energy and nutrition; and a good reason to continue drinking this tea.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 8 min or more

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A review of Organic Yerba Mate by Guayaki

Date: 10/17/2012
Company: Guayaki
Tea Name: Organic Yerba Mate
Tea Type/Varietal: Herbal
Region: South America
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ tea bag
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: golden yellow/ brownish
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings I have been using the same tea bag throughout the morning. On the 1st steep for five minutes tea color was a lighter pale yellowish brown; but with the remaining infusions I have done I notice that tea is darker; water temperature is the same but I am leaving the tea bag in the cup as I drink the tea throughout the morning.

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 170 Fahrenheit
Time: 5 minutes

Note: I am finally trying this Yerba Mate tea this morning. I like that when I wake up in the morning I think to myself, well let me try this tea. I seem to want it is what I mean.

As instructed: place one tea bag in my cup and pour the hot water (not boiling) into my tea cup and leave it to steep for five minutes or longer. I am trying for five minutes.

Tea is very light after this first infusion. It does not smell like anything in particular at first and when sipping it either. I am drinking this tea and unfortunately I cannot discern anything to describe.

2nd Steeping:
Water temperature: 170 Fahrenheit
Time: 5+ minutes

Note: I put the tea bag back into my cup and add more of the hot water. Since the tea bag is immerse in the cup and left there, I notice that the tea is indeed darker and when sipping the tea, still, here is nothing in particular to describe. It is possible I do not know what to look for in tasting this Yerba Mate.

I plan on drinking this tea throughout the day as it is good for vitality; clarity and well being which I dearly want and need.

I am having tea but unsure of the taste since there seems to not be a taste?

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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100

My first fore into the world of yerba mate, and boy is it great! Earthy, naturally sweet, spicy, and strong! this tea has a rich creaminess from the cocoa even if you don’t add milk. The flavor and aroma linger on your lips and tongue in a fantastic way. It’s kind of like drinking a really delicious chocolate bar! Plus it is organic AND fair trade!

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76

The troubles with the tea bags continue. With very little force I tugged on the tea tag to lift it out of the cup and the string pulled right out of the bag.

Preparation
8 min or more

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76

This is a really tasty way to drink your maté. My only complaint is that the tea bags themselves don’t lend themselves to squeezing. One time I squeezed the bag after steeping and it came open slightly, letting the contents escape into my mug. I don’t think I squeezed any harder than usual, but perhaps.

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96

amazing, a staple for breakfest. love the taste and experince of drinking from the gourd

Preparation
145 °F / 62 °C 8 min or more

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