Have you ever wondered how much caffeine is in yerba mate? Or how it compares to coffee and tea. In this article, I will explain everything you need to know about yerba mate caffeine content and how it compares to coffee and tea.
Yerba mate tea is a drink traditionally consumed in South America. Nowadays it’s becoming more and more popular all over the world because of its refreshing taste and energizing effect. Many people are also switching from drinking coffee into drinking yerba mate or replacing part of their coffee consumption with it. Read our article about what is yerba mate tea to find out more about the history and cultivation of yerba mate.
Yerba Mate Gives You Energy
Yerba mate tea has a long history among South American athletes. Runners, football players, martial art practitioners, and many other athletes, as well as regular people, are consuming mate in order to feel more vibrant and energetic. Today, yerba mate is available all over the world and together with coffee and tea, it has become one of the favorite refreshing drinks for many people.
Yerba Mate Caffeine Content
Yerba mate leaves contain a relatively high amount of caffeine. The caffeine level of an 8 ounce (0,24 liters) cup of yerba mate tea can range between 20mg and 130mg. The type of mate product, the amount you use, and the way you brew it, all have a significant effect on the caffeine level of the tea.
In general, yerba mate tea brewed from tea bags has the lowest level of caffeine while yerba mate brewed with the traditional method (gourd and bombilla) has much higher caffeine content. According to a study from 2009, yerba mate brewed with 50 grams of loose-leaf mate and 500 ml (17 oz) of water had a caffeine content of about 380mg, which equals to about three cups of coffee.
These days many different types of yerba mate products are available. Yerba mate energy drinks can have very high amounts of caffeine and yerba mate energy shots can go even further in maximizing the level of caffeine.
Yerba Mate vs. Coffee
Dry yerba mate leaves usually contain between 1% to 1,5% of caffeine compared to about 3% for ground coffee. A cup of yerba mate tea contains about 70 mg of caffeine on average, while a cup of coffee averages at 120 mg of caffeine. When mate tea is prepared and drank with the traditional method, a significantly larger amount of caffeine could be ingested. However, the coffee in mate tea seems to act differently compared to coffee.
If you drink too much coffee it can make you feel jittery and uncomfortable. Many people have noticed that yerba mate seems to work in a different way. It has a stimulating and calming effect at the same time. This might be related to the fact that yerba mate also contains two other components that stimulate our central nervous system.
Yerba mate contains theobromine, a stimulant that makes you feel good and is also found in chocolate. In addition, it contains theophylline, a stimulant that is said to give you mental energy and is present in green and black tea. The combination of these three boosters (caffeine, theobromine, and theophylline) works together and creates an effect different from coffee.
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Yerba Mate vs. Tea
Usually, a cup of yerba mate contains a much higher amount of caffeine compared to a cup of green tea. However, as explained earlier this depends greatly on the brewing method of the mate tea. One cup of green tea contains about 25mg of caffeine. It is comparable to yerba mate tea brewed with a tea bag.
A cup of strong black tea has approximately 50mg of caffeine. This is still much less than an average cup of yerba mate tea. Compared to tea, yerba mate is definitely a better source of energy due to its higher caffeine level.
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Yerba Mate Caffeine Content – Conclusions
Some people may claim that yerba mate contains matteine which is different from caffeine. However, it seems that matteine is just a different term for caffeine. The effects of yerba mate are truly different from other drinks that contain caffeine, but this is because it also contains two other stimulants: theobromine and theophylline.
Instead of drinking yerba mate tea, you can also use yerba mate capsules or other supplements. Here is an article with more information related to yerba mate extracts and supplements.
As a conclusion, we can say that yerba mate tea is a very refreshing and energizing drink, which has relatively high caffeine content. Yerba mate is also a healthy drink but you should still avoid consuming excessive amounts of it. Especially if you’re pregnant or sensitive to caffeine.
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