Yerba Mate

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Yerba maté Tea
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Butter, Earth, Grass, Herbaceous, Tannic, Musty, Wood
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190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 45 sec

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  • “So I bought a gourd and a bombilla with my birthday money. I’ve wanted one for a while but just never actually got one until now. I must say it takes practice to make it right so the leaves don’t...” Read full tasting note
  • “Remember when my tea notes used to have every other one being this yerba mate or another flavored yerba mate? I do and I am not used to drinking it anymore. I made this with a four minute steep, a...” Read full tasting note
  • “Steep Information: Amount: 1 teabag Water: 8 ounces hot spigot water Steep Time: a little over 5 minutes Served: Hot Tasting Notes: Dry Leaf Smell: Wood, paper, green tea Steeped Tea Smell: woody...” Read full tasting note
  • “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...” Read full tasting note

From Guayaki

In South America, yerba mate has been revered for centuries as the “drink of the gods” and is drunk 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 natures 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.

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55 Tasting Notes

10 tasting notes

Very nice mate. Drank it from gourd with a bombilla wich i haven’t done before. Didn’t have the patience to properly cure the gourd but i guess didn’t screw up the preparation completely as the taste was wonderfull.

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22 tasting notes

I really enjoy this tea and drink it somewhat regularly. It’s nice to have as my “instead of coffee” tea.

Wiseman Tea Co.

That’s the spirit, more people should share your enthusiasm for subtituting tea as an alternative to coffee. I think its particulary effective in consideration for the additonal energizing properties found in tea. Although it may not harbor nearly as much caffiene as coffee, it has theanine, ecgc, and numerous anti-oxidants to carry you through the morning.

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10 tasting notes

I love this yerba mate! It has been absolutely essential in getting me through some early mornings. I like it best steeped far longer than other teas. I’ve been known to leave it for 15-30 minutes before drinking it. Honestly, this is only one of 3 different yerba mates I’ve tried, so that world is still wide open to me.

I like this with a little powdered agave nectar. It’s like drinking the Earth.

8 min or more

30 min???


Well, yeah. See… I often get distracted and forget I’ve got tea steeping. Sometimes that is tragic, but in the case of this one is was a nice discovery. The earthy quality just got stronger and I like that. I haven’t ever had it get too bitter, but I have had it get too cool. Cold yerba mate is more tolerable than cold coffee, but still not great.

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43 tasting notes

When I was fourteen or fifteen I signed up to go on a mission trip because a girl I liked was going on it. So I flew to Argentina from the God Bless the U. S. of A., because it seemed like a better idea than just asking her to the movies or something. In fact, if I ever say, “Man, I’ve got a great story,” and you interrupt me and demand to know if there is a female in it, and I say “no”, I’m lying about it being a great story or about being a female in it.

While down there I was introduced to this whole mate business. I was also introduced to this whole caffeine business, which I didn’t really understand prior to drinking a ton of this at 11pm at night and then not sleeping. At all.

As far as the caffeine content goes, yeah, it’s on the high side, but black coffee (which is rare) gives me jitters, while mate doesn’t. I think that Guayaki is the closest thing to name brand mate in the USA. Pretty good stuff.

Leafbox Tea

Found this at our local Trader Joe’s not long ago. Was a good find.

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6 tasting notes

wonderful classic. I have had a million cups of this in the last few years. It’s my favorite yerba so far. i’m looking for something different just for fun. Does anyone know of any particularly exciting yerba concoctions?

side note: never buy the tea bags of this brand unless you don’t mind chunks in the water (they break and are sealed poorly)


If you like maté hot, try mixing green and a dark roast. I buy mine from The Maté Factor ( because it has a more fresh taste. I use the bags more often and theirs do not break open. I steep 2 green, 2 roasted, and 2 mocha mint bags for about 3-4 minutes for a 32 oz brew – add a little honey and cream and it’s great. I drink at least one cup of this a day. As far as a cold drink goes, prepare the loose green maté like you normally would (I prefer cold steeping it as it makes a stronger brew) and add juice concentrate (preferably organic peach, papaya or lemon) and a little honey or stevia to offset the sweetener in the concentrate. Make a gallon and see how long it stays in the fridge! Not for long – Enjoy!

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9 tasting notes

I’ve been a skeptic of yerba mate for some time now, but when a co-worker offered me a bag I thought I’d give it a try. It was a pleasant surprise.

Great flavor that’s not overwhelming. 5 minute steep seems to be the perfect amount of time to make the tea enjoyable. Can’t say much on the energy front, but just drinking it makes me feel great.

175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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2 tasting notes

I am only giving 100 reviews so far and this is my second review. Gotu Kola at night and Yerba Mate in the morning and afternoon is about all I need to feel that all is right with the world. I love the taste of Guayaki Traditional Yerba Mate. I’ve tried the flavors and prefer the Traditional (yellow package) best of all. I tried the San Mateo version in the light green, which is just straight Yerba Mate from a different part of the world, and the taste is totally different. It’s acceptable, but I prefer the Traditional by far.

The energy and the mental clarity and overall good vibes this brew gives are really unbelievable. If you find yourself stressed out and often lethargic, considering the easiest way to kill yourself rather than go on with your daily drudgery, please consider Yerba Mate first (and Alvita’s Gotu Kola in the evenings). I’m really not exaggerating; it’s possible I’ve been clinically depressed most of my life. I’ve only ever self-medicated with drugs, booze, meditation and herbal remedies and never sought real treatment. As you may have guessed, the drugs and booze only made my problems worse in the long run, but over the past decade or so, I have found a few teas really work in turning your life around… and Guayaki Yerba Mate is one of them. BTW, I don’t advocate drugs or alcohol at all, but it seems to be a natural part of growing up for many of us. :-/ I’m over that.

Since this is a “tasting note” I want to reitterate that I love the taste of Guayaki’s Traditional Yerba Mate. It’s light and sweet and a little earthy. It’s got it’s own unique flavor with a slightly bitter aftertaste, but less bitter than most green tea. I suppose it would be good with some spearmint (Guayaki has many flavors to choose from), but I like it straight, Traditional flavor (yellow bag). And I often double-up on the bags or if I’m using the loose leaf, I sometimes add way more than I should, so I enjoy the taste even if I triple up on the mate/water ratio.

You can supposedly keep pouring water onto yerba mate and get more of the minerals, etc. out of it, but I rarely do that. Mate works either with regular or hot water, but it does not (and shouldn’t) be boiling, as that destroys the mate. Water does not need to be hot in order to infuse; you can drop some in a jar with water and shake it up, wait about 10 minutes and you have mate ready to drink.

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6 tasting notes

I love this stuff, both for the pick-me-up and the way it has a light planty taste which goes really well with honey and milk. I steep it for 8-10 minutes or whatever in not-yet-boiling water. I think that’s per package instructions.

When I drink this I’m drinking like a Uruguayan soccer (er, football) star!!

8 min or more

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7 tasting notes

I love this tea. I drink mine straight, with no sugar. It’s a great alternative to coffee.

185 °F / 85 °C 6 min, 30 sec

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28 tasting notes

First time trying yerba mate ! I’m really enjoying it ! Used a little honey to sweeten it . Will definitely look into buying the trad. gourd & straw for drinking it in future !

6 min, 30 sec

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