Yerba mate tea is a traditional South American drink that gives you energy and is also very healthy. Many people want to quit or lessen their consumption of coffee, but they still need some caffeine to keep their energy levels up. The traditional way of preparing yerba mate includes a gourd and a bombilla, which are used to brew the tea from ground mate leaves. Yerba mate tea bags are a far easier and convenient option for preparing your daily dose of this amazing drink!
Read more about the caffeine content of yerba mate in this article: Yerba Mate Caffeine Content
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 want try yerba mate, or drink it occasionally, but they are not (yet) ready to buy a gourd and bombilla and carry them around. Also, the 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.
In this article, I will introduce some of the best yerba mate tea bags available, so that you can choose one of them and try it! You can find them in Amazon by clicking on the picture of each product.
Guayaki Traditional Organic Mate Tea Bags – A Familiar Taste in a Tea Bag
- Amount: 75 tea bags (7.9oz / 225g)
- Type: organic yerba mate tea bags (lightly smoked)
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 very 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.
Numi Organic Tea Mate Lemon – A Delicious Mixture
- Amount: 100 tea bags
- Type: tea bags with organic yerba mate blended with green tea and lemon myrtle
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 for 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.
The Mate Factor Yerba Mate – Fresh and Ecological
- Amount: 24 tea bags (3oz / 84g)
- Type: unsmoked organic yerba mate tea bags
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. The bag doesn’t have any string or tag attached, and it’s made of cotton, making it 100% biodegradable.
Yerba Mate Cruz de Malta – Traditional Taste and Quality
- Amount: 50 tea bags (5.3oz / 150g)
- Type: yerba mate tea bags
Cruz de Malta is an Argentinian yerba mate brand known for its traditional bold taste. They produce high-quality mate 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!
ECOTEAS Organic Yerba Mate Unsmoked – An Environmentally Friendly Choice
- Amount: 72 tea bags (24 x 3 packs, 5.2oz / 146g)
- Type: unsmoked organic 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!
Taragui Yerba Mate – Excellent Quality with Affordable Price
- Amount: 40 tea bags (4.2oz / 120g)
- Type: organic 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!
Yerba Mate Tea Bags
So, 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. If you prefer stronger mate brewed with the traditional method, but only tea bags are available, 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 proper kick.
If 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 where yerba mate is already mixed with other ingredients. You can also use tea bags to make an ice-cold mate. One option is to brew the tea with hot water and cool it down, or you can just cold brew it by letting the tea bag steep in cold water for about 5-10 minutes.
I hope that after reading this article, it will be easier to choose which mate tea bags to buy. Please post a comment or question below and tell us about your experience with yerba mate tea bags!