Disclosure: I am not being paid to write this review and all thoughts and opinions are my own.
If you are addicted to caffeine, like me, then you know how important it can be to function daily. But, maybe coffee isn’t always up to the task or especially appealing. It happens to all of us. My college campus runs on the nectar of the gods known as Guayaki Yerba Mate. Most of the time, when I delve into researching a company or product, it is with a blind eye. I am on this journey with most of you as we navigate the large corporation sea together to find the good fish. So far, I have been pleasantly surprised with the transparency and great effort of some companies when it comes to talking about how they make and source their products. And Guayaki takes the cake.
First of all some of you may be asking …
What is yerba mate?
Yerba mate comes from the celebrated South American rainforest holly tree (Ilex paraguariensis). It naturally contains 24 vitamins and minerals, 15 amino acids, abundant antioxidants, as well as caffeine, theophylline, and theobromine (well-known stimulants also found in tea, coffee and chocolate). You can find the full benefits of the “Antioxidant Powerhouse” here. The plant is made in a similar process to loose leaf tea and sipped from a traditional mate gourd.
Now that you have an idea about what this caffeine fad is, you may be wondering …
What about the company?
Guayaki prides itself on its sustainable, fair trade, organic, Bcorp certified product. And they have several social and environmental awards that attest to it as well. Their cultivation methods promote biodiversity in native areas by using the woods to provide shade-grown yerba mate. While this method yields less crop, it gives a better and more sustainable product. EVEN FURTHER, Guayaki works with some farmers who have some partial shade cultivations and want to be more sustainable. Once a farmer partners with them, the company provide technical advice on how to collect seeds and create nurseries, help the farmers manage the organic growing process from cultivation through harvest and then buy their shade grown mate.* Most their packaging is either recyclable, biodegradable, or compostable.
I could go on and on about my happy, eco-friendly finds concerning this company, but the bottom-line is all companies functioned like Guayaki, we could be a sustainable world.
Does it work?
For all those good points on production and ethics, the tea is useless if it tastes like junk and makes you sleepy. As a stressed college student with a paper due at midnight, I have a personal stake of confidence in this product to get the job done. Not only does it work better than coffee, it’s delicious! If you just need a pick-me-up during the day and you don’t want a third cup of coffee, this is a brilliant choice. 10/10 would recommend and raspberry is my favorite flavor.
*All information in this post came directly or indirectly from the Guayaki Yerba Mate website.