Coffee, Yerba Mate or both, that is the question! We all have a weakness for warm, comforting drinks that provide the energy needed to start the day right!
For our part, we have a bit of a penchant for Yerba Mate leaves, simply because this unique plant doesn't give us the side effects usually associated with caffeine. So we thought we would take stock and explain to you what the main differences are between coffee and Yerba Mate.
A cup of coffee typically contains between 95 and 150 mg of caffeine, while a traditional Yerba Mate brew, using calabash and bombilla, contains between 150 and 200 mg of natural caffeine(matein). .
Both coffee and Yerba Mate will give you the energy you're looking for, however Yerba Mate contains a key element called theobromine. This natural alkaloid balances the effect of caffeine and provides prolonged energy: no big high/crash or heart palpitations. It's a great alternative for those who are sensitive to coffee, you're welcome! :).
Taste, flavors and the different ways of consuming them
Coffee is known for its explosion of flavors, rich and pronounced, its acidity, its bitterness, its sweetness and even its salty taste. Mate, for its part, is defined by its natural taste, a little more vegetal and its bitterness. The beauty of mate is that we can let our imagination run wild and go in all directions. (Example: our fruity flavors with organic apple or lemon).
Coffee and Yerba Mate are known for their multiple health benefits. Mate stands out for the amount of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals found naturally in the plant. Additionally, it has been used for hundreds of years to improve energy levels and concentration, without the side effects usually associated with caffeine consumption, such as nervousness, anxiety, palpitations or insomnia . Mate also helps combat mental and physical fatigue.
So there you have it, friend! In any case, it's all a question of balance and having fun!