I first came across Guayaki Yerba Mate while I was looking for an alternative to coffee. During my first few years of college, I had become completely dependent on having coffee everyday, and I just didn't like the impact it was having on my stomach and my sleep. I drank tea as well, but most of the teas I drank just didn't have the same full-bodied flavor as a good cup of coffee. I didn't want something sweet or flowery, I wanted something oaky and bold. That's when I found Guayaki Yerba Mate at my local health food store.
I fell in love with Guayaki right away and even forced my family to try it. Not everyone liked it (my dad said that it tasted like a campfire), but I do think it's worth giving a try! It definitely still has caffeine, but it doesn't upset my stomach like coffee. It says on the back of the box that it "provides mental clarity, sustains physical energy and improves digestion," well, maybe. One could argue that any caffeinated beverage might have the same effects, but it is USDA certified organic and does contain a good amount of heart healthy antioxidants. For me, it's the perfect alternative to a daily cup of joe.
Guayaki Yerba Mate comes in tea bags that can be steeped for 3-10 minutes in hot, but not boiling, water. Personally, I like it without any added sweeteners, but if it is too strong for you, add soymilk and agave nectar to sweeten it a bit. Guayaki also makes mate blends, including Chai Spice Mate, Mate Chocolate, Orange Blossom Mate, Magical Mint Mate and Mate Rooiboost. Most recently, Guayaki started selling iced yerba mate blends at Whole Foods in Snapple-like jars.
Guayaki sets aside much of its profits to support the indigenous communities and protect the Paraguay rainforest where yerba mate is grown. You'll feel good about what you're doing for your body and the environment. I strongly recommend you give it a try!
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 … more
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.
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.