Sustainably harvested organic yerba mate, straight from the source.

All About Yerba Mate

Yerba mate (yer-bah- mah-tay) is made from the naturally caffeinated and nourishing leaves of the South American rainforest
holly tree (Ilex paraguariensis). For centuries, South American tribes have been drinking yerba mate for stimulation, focus and
nourishment. The leaves deliver both energy and nutrition. It is known to have the strength of coffee, health benefits of tea
and euphoria of chocolate.

Green
Yerba Mate in it’s freshest form. Strong, bold flavor.

Aged
Yerba Mate aged for at least one year. Smooth, less bold flavor.

Toasted
Yerba Mate that has been roasted. Smooth, coffee-like flavor.

Health Benefits

Clean Energy

Yerba mate is often known as “clean energy” because it has a smooth, long lasting energy profile without the negative side effects. It contains caffeine, theophylline and theobromine- stimulants that are commonly found in tea, coffee & chocolate. However, it does not contain the acidity of coffee, so it is less likely to cause upset stomach or jitters.

Vitamins & Minerals

Yerba mate contains 24 vitamins and minerals, which helps maintain overall health.
  1. Vitamins: A, C, E, B1, B2, Niacin (B3) B5, B Complex
  2. Minerals: calcium, manganese, iron, selenium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc
  3. Additional compounds: carotene, fatty acids, chlorophyll, flavonols, polyphenols, inositol, trace minerals, tannins, pantothenic acid and 15 amino acids

Antioxidant Powerhouse

Research conducted by the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC) showed that yerba mate has antioxidant levels higher than green tea. It is rich in chlorogenic acid, an antioxidant that acts in the metabolic balance, fighting free radicals responsible for premature aging. Natives to the region have often given it credit for their longevity.

The Process

Step 1: Growth

Our supplier in South Brazil begins the growth process in their Yerba Mate nursery where they can closely inspect the quality of seedlings.

Step 2: Harvest

The pruning of the mate trees is done with electrical scissors. Each area of the farm is harvested in rotation every 2 years, which allow better plant development, the preservation of flora and fauna, and the regeneration and balance of nature.

 

Step 3: Transport

After pruning, the branches of mate are transported to the industrial facilities, and then to the processing plant.

 

Step 4: Dehydrate

A conveyor belt carries the mate to a hopper which allows the leaves to roll through the heat under a controlled temperature, which initiates the pre-dehydration process. After this step the leaves go directly to the dryer.

 

Step 5: Dry

The leaves are sent to two different types of dryers: a rotating metal cylinder and a conveyor dryer that dries the leaves without the presence of smoke, making the final product safe for consumption.

 

Step 6: Mill

Milling equipment is used to process the mate into a variety of sizes.

 

Step 7: Package & Store

The yerba mate is then packaged and stored in well ventilated, moisture-free warehouses until ready for shipping.

 

Two Ways To Drink It

Drink it like the Brazilians...

Traditional style yerba mate called chimarao is drank from a gourd with a bombilla (filtered straw). The gourd is filled with chimarrao, a less refined mate with sticks and stems, and hot water. Drink it down and pass it around- the perfect way to enjoy with friends!

...or a little more refined!

We also offer premium cut yerba mate in a variety of flavors and blends if you prefer a tea pot or french press to prepare your drink. Tastes great hot or cold!