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Look ma, no more caffeine jitters!

  • Oct 14, 2009
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In college I worked at a bakery, and 6:30 AM opening shifts + a 40 minute commute + a no-lateness EVER policy = a life of sleep deprivation. So obviously, drinking copious liters of coffee and espresso was neccessary. I never really drank caffeine before, so the buzz was new to me. At first it was great -- I was talkative and friendly and busted out coffee drinks and sandwiches at the speed of light.

After about a year or so of this, I started to get some bad caffeine side effects. I never really built up a crazy tolerance for coffee, so quantity wasn't the issue - I was still only drinking about 1 shot of espresso per morning....maybe some iced coffee later on if I felt my eyes drooping. Regardless, I started getting anxious every time I had caffeine. I felt frantic, and god bless you if you got in my way - when wired, it feels totally normal and acceptable to push 90 year old woman down in order to get somewhere faster. GOTTA GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111111

Needless to say I stopped drinking coffee after awhile, when I realized it was not only making me insane but also totally dehydrated (and i already drink literally 1 gallon of water a day). I tried black tea, still bad. Tried green tea...still bad. I just do not mesh well with caffeine, apparently.

Luckily, I discovered yerba mate! It's just like coffee but without the side effects. A lot of people hate the taste (it's very earthy, almost grassy) but that's nothing a litle honey and milk can't fix. It makes me focused and motivated but with no jitters or nausea or anything bad that I've experienced with coffee. Also, mate doesn't make you stay up at night! It's great to be able to get a 6pm caffeine kick without worrying about lying in bed past midnight and feeling your eyelids twitch or something.

Mate (by definition) is a South American tradition intended to brewed in an hollow gourd and enjoyed communally by passing the gourd around with a silver spoon. BUT this is North America, and sometimes traditions come here to die, so you can get  Mate in teabag form from a store like Whole Foods. I prefer to buy it in bulk-loose-leaf form and brew it in a tea pot. Just remember! - mate is intended to be brewed in hot water, NOT boiling water like other teas. It makes it bitter!

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July 13, 2011
This preparation appears to be tasty.
December 01, 2009
Very interesting. I had never heard of this. Still, I am not sure Yerba Mate would be (pardon the pun) my cup of tea. But if it works for you that's great!
October 14, 2009
loved drinking mate with you at said bakery. and, some of us prefer our mate the old fashioned way. in fact, i think that i will put some water on right now and fire up the gourd
October 14, 2009
Ooooh, this sounds like the drink for me.  I have wanting a caffeine kick when I'm working at night, yet not being able to allow myself to drink coffee or a Redbull because I know it'll keep me up all night!  I also hate how coffee makes me so dehydrated and jittery, so I'll have to find some Guayaki.  Thanks for sharing!  I'll have to look for this the next time I'm at Whole Foods.  Hope they have it at TJ's, too!
October 14, 2009
I'm almost positive they have it at TJ's! check it out!
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Quick Tip by . March 06, 2011
I love yerba mate; locally a new restaurant run by 'hippie' types was finally allowed to open and one of their main things they sell is yerba mate in coffee, tea etc...once again, I try my best to bring renewable container as they prepare giant vats of different blends daily....very cool.
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Born and raised in NJ, relocated to Boston, MA to study at Emerson College, transplanted to Hollywood, CA to get my career started on the fairer coast.      I love hiking, eating new … more
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Guayakí partners with small farmers and indigenous communities to source mate from the sub-tropical forests of South America. Guayakí drinkers have become a driving force for conservation and community development by paying a fair trade price for rainforest-grown mate.

Guayakí has pioneered an innovative business model called Market Driven Restoration in which Guayakí serves as a bridge linking consumer purchases of healthy yerba mate products in North America with indigenous communities engaged in sustainable agriculture and reforestation projects in Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil. Each person that drinks two servings per day of Guayakí Yerba Mate helps protect approximately one acre of rainforest every year.
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