What Exactly is Yerba Mate?

If you live on planet Earth, you’ve probably been hearing about Yerba Mate a lot lately. It’s becoming hugely popular in the US, but what exactly this magic potion? Glad you asked!

First off, how the heck do you pronounce Yerba Mate?


You say it like this: yehr-buh-maa-tay. It rhymes with “day,” not “crate.” Don’t kook it in front of your friends.


So now that you can properly pronounce it, what the heck is it exactly?


Yerba Mate is a traditional South American drink made from the dried leaves of the Ilex paraguariensis plant, a species of holly. It has a unique flavor, similar to green tea but with a more earthy and woody taste. Imagine sipping energy straight from the planet’s soul. It’s kinda like that.


WEIRD, huh? So why do people drink it?


One of the main reasons Yerba Mate is so popular is due to its high levels of antioxidants and nutrients. It is a rich source of vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A, C, E, and B-complex, as well as minerals like zinc, potassium, and iron. Yerba Mate is also believed to have a number of health benefits, including boosting energy levels, improving mental clarity and focus, and supporting weight-loss efforts, but there aren’t enough studies to prove those claims. And, as always, when in doubt confer with a physician—never take medical advice from a random website. Also, don’t get your world news from social media. That’s really bad.


A lot of people are also drawn to the natural caffeine content of Yerba Mate which some believe delivers all the buzz without the jitters and crash of coffee or energy drinks. 


Sounds good, huh? So where did this magical/mythical Yerba Mate come from?


This bitter and invigorating beverage has a rich history that dates back to the indigenous people of South America who have been sipping on Yerba Mate for centuries. Yerba Mate is often referred to as the "drink of the gods" and is a staple in South American cultures, where it is consumed socially, ceremoniously, and medicinally.


To make Yerba Mate, traditionally the leaves of the Ilex paraguariensis plant are harvested and dried, then ground into a fine powder. This powder is then mixed with hot water to create the finished beverage. Yerba Mate is typically served in a traditional gourd, known as a “mate," and sipped through a metal straw called a "bombilla."


Tight, tight. Well, what’s up with DRINK WEIRD’s Yerba Mate?


At DRINK WEIRD, we are on a mission to bring delicious Yerba Mate to fridges, coolers, ice chests and car cup holders near you. Our Yerba Mate is certified organic and is free from artificial flavors, colors, and sweeteners. Our Blue Pom Acai Yerba Mate is a perfect balance of berry deliciousness with a caffeine kick. If you're looking for a unique and delicious drink that will fuel your passions and give you an extra boost of energy, look no further than DRINK WEIRD's Yerba Mate. Find it in a store near you or order directly to your door.