Best Yerba Mate Tea Bags Reviewed – Tasty and Convenient

Yerba mate tea is a South American drink that gives you energy and has many science-backed health benefits. It is traditionally brewed in a gourd and drank with a metal straw (bombilla).

But maybe you are looking for an easier way to enjoy your cup of refreshing herbal tea?

Yerba mate tea bags provide the most convenient option for preparing this energizing beverage.

Here is a list of yerba mate tea bags reviewed in this article:

What is Great About Yerba Mate Tea Bags

The traditional way of preparing yerba mate includes a gourd and bombilla, which are used to brew the tea from ground mate leaves.

This might be too complicated if you just want to try how mate tea tastes and feel its energizing effect.

Compared to the traditional method, yerba mate tea bags are a far easier and more convenient option for preparing your daily dose of this amazing drink!

Most South American mate consumers and other experienced materos are used to carrying their gourd and bombilla around with some hot water in a thermos. But I know there are a lot of people out there who just want to try yerba mate or drink it occasionally. Usually, they are not ready to buy a gourd and bombilla and carry them around.

Also, mate tea brewed with the traditional way has a strong distinctive taste, that everyone is not used to.

Yerba mate tea bags are a perfect option for beginning mate drinkers who are looking for a hassle-free way of preparing their mate.

Recipe Tip: Iced Yerba Mate Tea

You can also use yerba mate tea bags to make iced yerba mate.

There are 2 options:

  1. Brew the tea normally with hot water (160-180°F / 70-80°C) and let it cool down. Pour in a glass with plenty of ice.
  2. Cold-brew the tea by letting the tea bag(s) steep in cold water for about 15 minutes. If you want a stronger brew, let it sit in the ref for a few hours or overnight.

Add some freshly squeezed lemon juice and mint leaves to make it even more delicious!

How Much Caffeine is in One Cup?

Preparing mate with tea bags produces a drink with less caffeine compared to the traditional method.

One cup of yerba mate brewed with a tea bag contains about 30 mg of caffeine which is approximately the same as in green tea (25 mg) and much less than coffee (120 mg).

If you want to know more about caffeine and yerba mate, read my article about yerba mate caffeine content.

Best Yerba Mate Tea Bags Reviewed

Next, I will introduce some of the best yerba mate tea bags on the market, so that you can choose one of them and try it!

1. Guayaki Traditional Organic Mate Tea Bags – A Familiar Taste in a Tea Bag

Guayaki Organic Yerba Mate Tea Bags

Guayaki is a North American yerba mate brand. They have Fair Trade and Kosher certificates and their organic, sustainably sourced mate is produced in Brazil. It is the largest US-based yerba mate brand.

Guayaki yerba mate tea bags have the same great flavor as their loose leaf mate.

Mate brewed with these tea bags has a mild and soft taste with an earthy flavor.

Each bag contains 3 grams of yerba mate which is not that much. So if you have a big teacup, I recommend using 2 bags for one cup of hot water. Of course, this depends on your personal preference. How strong tasting mate you like and how much energy you need from it.

2. Numi Organic Tea Mate Lemon – A Delicious Mixture

Numi is a company that was founded in 1999 in Oakland, California, by a brother and sister named Ahmed and Reem.

Ahmed travels around the world seeking special herbs and flavors that are mostly unknown in the United States. Numi produces several types of tea products known for their high quality and unique flavor.

Even though Numi organic yerba mate tea bags are not pure yerba mate, I chose to introduce this product because of its excellent flavor and quality.

These tea bags contain a mixture of organic South American yerba mate, Australian lemon myrtle, and green tea.

The taste of the tea brewed from these tea bags is very pleasant. It is a combination of earthy mate flavor with lemon and some green tea on the background.

3. The Mate Factor Yerba Mate – Fresh and Ecological

Mate Factor is also a US-based company that specializes in yerba mate products. Their products are organic and they emphasize sustainability by using solar power and committing to Fair Trade principles.

Mate Factor yerba mate tea bags contain very fresh and green looking leaves which give the tea a grassy aroma.

These bags don’t have any strings or tags attached, and they are made of cotton, making them 100% biodegradable.

4. Yerba Mate Cruz de Malta – Traditional Taste and Quality

Cruz de Malta

Cruz de Malta is an Argentinian yerba mate brand known for its traditional bold taste. They produce high-quality mate tea that especially experienced materos appreciate.

This mate has been smoked during the drying process, which adds smoky flavors to its already strong and bold taste!

5. ECOTEAS Organic Yerba Mate Unsmoked – An Environmentally Friendly Choice

ECOTEAS Yerba Mate Tea Bags

ECOTEAS was founded in Oregon in the year 2000 by three lifelong friends. The company has a mission of supporting organic agriculture, fair trade, and sustainability.

One way of practicing their ecological mindset is by packaging their products in compostable materials and using wind power as the source of energy in their office.

ECOTEAS yerba mate tea bags are 100% unsmoked. This mate is produced with a unique 2-step process to ensure a smooth and clean taste!

6. Taragui Yerba Mate – Excellent Quality with Affordable Price

Taragui Yerba Mate Tea Bags

Taragui is a traditional Argentinian yerba mate brand that has been produced since 1924. These yerba mate tea bags are individually wrapped in plastic to keep the flavor from weathering down over time.

It also allows you to take just one, or a few, tea bags to carry with you, even in your pocket!

Find Your Favorite Yerba Mate Tea Bags!

The advantage of using tea bags instead of traditional loose-leaf yerba mate is, that they are easier to use and some might find the milder taste that they produce more pleasant.

Another convenient option for enjoying yerba mate is to buy some yerba mate energy drinks.

If you like your tea stronger but want to make it with tea bags anyways, you can just use several bags for one cup.

Of course, this is not the same as using a gourd and a bombilla, but it can still produce a nice strong mate with a bold taste and proper energy boost.

When you want to enhance the flavor of your yerba mate tea, you can add some milk, honey, mint leaves or lemon, to your cup of mate tea.

Or you could just try the Mate Factor tea bags introduced in this guide, where yerba mate is already mixed with other ingredients.

I hope that this article will help you with finding the right product for your preference.

Please post a comment or question below and tell us what is your favorite brand of yerba mate tea bags!

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10 thoughts on “Best Yerba Mate Tea Bags Reviewed – Tasty and Convenient”

  1. Jonas! As a fellow Argentinean, I have to say that I love this post, If you ever come to my country I will definitely recommend more Yerba Mate.
    My favorite yerba mate is called, “Mañanita”, this a yerba from a province called “Corrientes”, which is a province of Argentina that is well-known for its quality yerba mate.

    Thanks for the post,
    Stefano.

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    • Hi Stefano! Thanks for reading my article and commenting. I will definitely try Mañanita if I can find it somewhere or if I visit Argentina.
      -Joonas

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  2. Thank you for explaining this tea. I find when venturing into the world of tea, it’s a bit more complicated than when you wish to enjoy a cup of coffee. Coffee is generally prepared the same (yes you can use various percolators or a french press, but they all work for the product). The only difference in coffee is much like the difference in wine, the area in which it was grown, and the method it is processed (roast in this case).
    Having an alternative way to enjoy something that could possibly cost a lot to do the traditional way is an excellent way to know whether you like it before getting too invested.
    I’m glad to have stumbled across this article.

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    • Thanks for your comment Tyler!

      Yes, there are many ways to prepare yerba mate and other teas also. It’s quite fascinating when you start learning more and experimenting.

      -Joonas

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  3. I have been trying hard to reduce my consumption of coffee so this is a great alternative. This is a very timely article and I am glad Amazon sells it.

    I am glad you mentioned that it is ok to mix other things with it. I for one would probably want to mix a little honey with it. Thanks for sharing this.

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    • Hi Nate and thanks for reading and commenting on my post. Yerba mate is a great alternative for coffee and it’s also more healthy! Go ahead and try to mix yerba with different things like honey, fresh mint leaves or lemon.

      -Joonas

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  4. I’m into herbal teas these days but it’s the first time I’ve heard about Yerba Mate. I did check out the caffeine and it’s pretty high. But you did mention that it acts differently to coffee. I’m not sure if I’m able to take it due to the caffeine but I’m keen for a try (because I’m a converted tea lover now)

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    • Hi Kenny!

      If you are sensitive to caffeine then yerba mate tea bags are a good option because when brewing with tea bags mate is usually milder. Of course, you should be careful at first and only let the bag steep for maybe one minute so that the will not be too strong.

      With coffee, it’s quite easy to get too much caffeine and then you get this jittery and unpleasant feeling. With yerba mate this has never happened to me because the caffeine will not be absorbed as quickly as from coffee and the other compounds make the effect more smooth. After you try it, please let me know how you liked it!

      -Joonas

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  5. Excellent, detailed information on Yerba Mate Tea. I had heard of this tea before, but have yet to have the pleasure of trying it. With the various choices and selection you have provided, it should be easy to find a good one. Probably easier to buy right from here and have it delivered than to have to go out and shop around for it. Thanks for supplying this very useful information. Tom

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    • Thanks for commenting Tom!

      Good to hear that you liked my article. Yes, it’s very convenient to order yerba mate from Amazon because you have a good variety of choices and it will be delivered to your home. Go ahead and try it!

      -Joonas

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