Welcome to my Guayaki Yerba Mate Review.
I have seen GuayakI Yerba Mate popping up in many different supermarkets. Whole Foods has a cool selection with all kinds of flavors from Guayaki.
Now, I was resistant to trying it at the beginning because it’s not traditional yerba, mate. It’s a US brand with US marketing.
But I guess this is how it goes – this South American tea got so famous over the years that the Western world caught up and started to produce their products.
So I went and tried it – and it was good…It’s mild and works like an energy drink. But it’s healthier. It has no calories or unnecessary ingredients – it works as an organic caffeine source.
The Canned Guayaki Yerba Mate Review
I got a bit addicted this summer…It was just the perfect coffee replacement in the heat. Let me get specific:
I tried many flavors: Peach Revival, Bluephoria, and Revel Berry.
The Peach Revival had a very light taste – you could feel the yerba mate coming through. There was a light sweetness to it, which made it very easy to drink.
The Bluephoria and Revel Berry were more intense. They had a sweeter taste and went more away from traditional mate. Still, I enjoyed drinking them.
They have a smooth taste, an earthy note, and a mellow aftertaste. It’s similar to an iced tea but with caffeine and fewer calories.
I just loved the combination of the light bitterness of the yerba mate leaves and the sweet, fruity flavor added to it.
Make sure to use and consume it cold, though. Add Ice to it. And oh, it is not carbonated, as it should be.
2. Caffeine Effects
So, a can contain 458mL and 150mg of caffeine. So I wouldn’t consume more than 1 can a day. Yerba mate is known for its mellow, euphoric stimulation. And the canned version didn’t lose that characteristic.
I didn’t feel the jitters I sometimes feel with coffee. I felt like it was the right amount of caffeine. It was perfect for a working session outside in the park.
It gives me a light boost and calms me down. It also improves my focus while working – but maybe that’s just me.
3. Nutritional Facts
So, if you want a low-calorie Guayaki yerba mate, you should go for the Peach Revival. It has only 20 calories and 3g of sugar.
The Bluephoria and Revel Berry are different. They contain 120 calories and 28g of sugar.
So be aware that depending on the taste you choose, you are consuming calories. The Yerba Mate Leave itself doesn’t have calories; it’s just the added fruity flavors that have.
Besides the sugar, it still contains the vitamins of a traditional mate tea.
Now, I pay 3-4 USD per can in a store. That’s a lot. So I started buying them online. You can get 12 for 34 Dollars. That’s about 2.8 USD per can.
That’s still a lot, but it’s cheaper than getting coffee daily, for which I also pay around 3-4 USD.
So, I’d recommend you go to a store, try the different flavors, and order the flavor you like the most online.
So this was my Guayaki yerba mate review. This blend of traditional bitter mate tea and the fruity flavors makes sense.
I was resistant at first. It’s not your typical traditional South American organic yerba mate tea. They’re the Western version of this special drink.
If you’re okay with that, go ahead and try it out. I believe it’s better for you than coffee or your average energy drink over the long term.
Be aware of the calories, though. Don’t drink more than 1-2 a day, and make sure also to try the traditional yerba mate teas without added flavor.
The Guayaki Yerba Mate is a good introduction to Mate Tea. See if you like it, experience how you feel while and after drinking it, and then try the tea bags and the loose-leaf versions of Guayaki Yerba Mate.