Most of the time I like to brew my own yerba mate tea and drink it hot or make ice-cold yerba mate (tereré). But sometimes a yerba mate energy drink can be the perfect option.
There are many different types of ready-made yerba mate energy drinks available from different brands. I will review my favorites in this article.
There are many situations where energy drinks can come in handy. What if you need to leave suddenly and don’t have time to prepare yerba mate? Maybe you also don’t want to carry a thermos, bombilla, and gourd.
Or if it’s a hot day and you want a cold and refreshing drink right away. Or maybe you just want to drink an energy drink that is not full of artificial ingredients and is more healthy than the usual options (Red Bull etc.)
And how about a naturally delicious taste? Sounds good, right? Yerba mate energy drink is an excellent and convenient choice for many situations. Just grab it from the fridge and enjoy it!
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Guayaki Yerba Mate Energy Drink – Organic and Healthy
Guayaki is a North American yerba mate company that has fair trade and kosher certificates. Their mate is grown in Brazil with a commitment to organic and sustainable farming. They have a very eco-friendly mentality and are helping small farmers in creating an income while conserving the rainforest. You might also want to try their organic loose leaf yerba mate.
Guayaki yerba mate energy drinks come in 11 different flavors: 5 non-carbonated and 6 sparkling. For the non-carbonated products, you can order a pack of 12 cans (15.5 oz each) and choose from flavors such as Lemon Elation, Enlighten Mint, Orange Exuberance, Revel Berry, and Bluephoria.
You can also buy a variety pack where you get 16 cans with 4 different flavors. The carbonated ones come in 12 oz cans. The ingredients are organic and consist of Guayaki yerba mate tea and yerba mate extract, water, sugar, and different flavoring ingredients.
Each 15.5 oz can contains about 150mg of caffeine, which is about the same as 1 or 2 cups of coffee (depending on the type of coffee and cup size).
However, the effect of yerba mate tea is different compared to coffee. If you drink one 15.5 oz can you definitely feel the energizing kick! It doesn’t make you feel nervous or jittery, and the effect lasts for many hours and comes down slowly without a crash. The carbonated 12 oz cans have 55 mg of caffeine per can.
Guayaki yerba mate energy drink tastes best when it’s ice-cold. The taste is quite different compared to drinking hot yerba mate with a gourd and bombilla or even compared to homemade tereré (ice-cold mate). I would describe the taste as natural and refreshing. I like all of the flavors, but Lemon Elation is my favorite.
- Enlighten Mint, Orange Exuberance, Revel Berry
- Lemon Elation
- Variety pack
- Sparkling: Blackberry Mint, Classic Gold, Cranberry Pomegranate, Ginger Sage, Grapefruit Ginger, Lima Limon
- Sparkling variety pack
Yachak Yerba Mate Drink – Smooth and Natural
Yachak is produced by the same guys as Rockstar Energy Drink, and the name means a shaman in South America. Their product is US organic, fair trade, gluten-free, and non-GMO. The ingredients that they use are produced so that the farmers can earn a fair living wage.
Yachak yerba mate drink is available in 6 different flavors: Berry Red, Ultimate Mint, Berry Blue, Mandarin Orange, Strawberry, and Infused Mate.
All of the flavors are pretty good but the flavor of mate is quite mild, except in Infused Mate it’s stronger. This can be a good or a bad thing, depending on if you like the earthy mate flavor. They actually use organic juices for flavoring, for example, organic blueberry juice, which gives the products a very nice and natural taste.
There is 160mg of caffeine per can and it provides a smooth, uplifting, and natural energy boost. This is a good choice if you are looking for a tasty and natural energy drink!
Berry Red, Ultimate Mint, Berry Blue, Infused Mate:
Yerbae Enhanced Sparkling Water – Refreshing and Light
Yerbae was founded in 2017 with a vision of bringing people a clean beverage enhanced with the power of yerba mate. Their products are non-GMO and are enhanced with yerba mate, white tea extract, and guarana extract for providing energy.
Yerbae enhanced sparkling water is a product with zero calories. This sparkling energy drink is available in 9 flavors. Some of the flavors are Coconut Raspberry, Watermelon Strawberry, Mango Passion Fruit, Orange Dream, Acai Blueberry and Lemon.
In my opinion, the best one is Lemon. It tastes quite similar to normal lemon-flavored sparkling water and has a mild taste of yerba mate and tea. Each 12 oz can contains 100mg of caffeine.
Coconut Raspberry, Watermelon Strawberry, Mango Passion Fruit, Orange Dream:
Guayaki Yerba Mate Energy Shot – a Nasty Kick!
Guayaki has another yerba mate energy drink product for those looking for a stronger kick. Currently, there is only one flavor, Lime Tangerine.
The taste of a Guayaki yerba mate energy shot is not very pleasant. Even if you chill it very cold it doesn’t help much. It has a strong bitter and sour taste. Yet, I know there are some people who actually like the taste. The taste can be improved by mixing it with juice, but then it’s not a shot anymore.
There is 150mg of caffeine in each 2 oz shot bottle. It also contains plenty of vitamin B-12 and vitamin C. It provides a clean and nice energy boost typical for yerba mate. If you need a strong and fast kick to wake up and don’t mind the taste, this might be just what you’re looking for!
Get Your Yerba Mate Energy Boost!
Drinking a yerba mate energy drink is probably one of the easiest, healthiest, and most convenient ways for getting extra energy. Most of the products introduced in this article are tasty and refreshing, so it’s very pleasant to drink them. They also have fewer side effects compared to other energy drinks.
Each type of product reviewed here has its own strengths. Overall, Guayaki yerba mate energy drinks are my favorite, but it’s also nice to change it up a bit and drink the other brands sometimes.
Please comment below and let me know which one is your favorite yerba mate energy drink!
If you are interested in buying loose leaf yerba mate tea, check out this article with reviews of some of the most popular brands.
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