Yerba Mate Tea Reviews – 5 Popular Brands

Yerba Mate Tea Reviews – 5 Popular Brands

In this article, I am going to introduce and review products from 5 of the most popular yerba mate tea brands. Whether it’s your first time to try mate, or you want to experience a new taste, after reading this article with yerba mate tea reviews, it will be easier to choose what type of mate you would want to purchase.

If you are new to yerba mate see our articles What is Yerba Mate Tea and How to Brew Yerba Mate Tea.

You can find many yerba mate loose leaf teas from Amazon. By clicking on the picture of each product below you can find that specific product.

Rosamonte – You Can’t Go Wrong With This One!

Yerba Mate Tea Reviews: Rosamonte

  • Amount: 2.2 lbs / 1 Kilo
  • Type: Traditional mate with leaves and sticks
  • Taste: Medium / Light, Grassy, Earthy
  • Origin: Argentina
  • Recommended for: Beginners, Everyone

Rosamonte is a family business, and they have been planting, harvesting and drying yerba mate in Argentina since 1936. This brand is popular, especially in Argentina and Paraguay. If you are a beginner with yerba mate, this smooth, traditional blend is a good starting point.


The taste of Rosamonte yerba mate is not too strong and it features a grassy, earthy, hay-like flavor. The taste is well suited for beginners as well as more experienced materos.


Rosamonte yerba mate was the first traditional blend that I tried and I must say that it is a very nice one. Nowadays, it is one of my favorite mates due to its smooth and relatively mild taste, which still has complex aromas. I recommend this mate to everyone, especially beginners!

Taragui – an Excellent All-Around Mate

Yerba Mate Tea Reviews: Taragui

  • Amount: 2.2 lbs / 1 Kilo
  • Type: Traditional mate with leaves and sticks
  • Taste: Medium / Strong, Grassy, Earthy, Tangy
  • Origin: Corrientes, Argentina
  • Recommended for: Almost everyone, also beginners and especially traditionalists who love Argentinian mate

The word Taragui is Guaraní language and it means Corrientes, the home province of this mate. Taragui is a traditional brand that has been harvested and produced since 1924. It is the leading yerba mate brand in Argentina (as much as 60% of the population drink it) and a great choice for its delicious traditional flavor profile.

The quality of the product is excellent. Taragui has even been awarded an Argentine natural food choice award.


This yerba mate has medium to strong taste with grassy, earthy and tangy aromas. It is a good all-around product for mate lovers. It is also a good starting point for new materos. However, some might find the taste too strong.


I always have some Taragui yerba mate in stock. It is a good traditional mate which gives you a lot of energy. A very popular and affordable choice which I can recommend!

Mate Factor Organic Yerba Mate

  • Amount: 12 oz / 0.34 Kilo
  • Type: Organic loose leaf
  • Taste: Mild, Earthy, Grassy
  • Origin: Brazil
  • Recommended for: Beginners

Mate Factor is a US-based company founded in 1998. The company specializes in yerba mate and produces it in Brazil. Mate Factor also has two cafes, another one in Manitou Springs, CO and the other in Savannah, GA.

This company has a high emphasis on sustainability and their headquarters operate with solar-power. Mate Factor is operating according to fair trade principles.


Mate Factor yerba mate has a mild taste with low acidity and less bitterness compared to most of the more traditional brands. Its aroma is smooth and earthy with tones of grass.


Mate Factor yerba mate is a bit more expensive compared to other products in this review. However, it is organic and has very high-quality standards. It has a mild taste which is suitable for beginners.

Cruz de Malta – Bold and Traditional Mate

  • Amount: 2.2 lbs / 1 Kilo
  • Type: Traditional mate with leaves and sticks
  • Taste: Medium / Strong, Bold, Smoky
  • Origin: Argentina
  • Recommended for: Frequent mate drinkers who love traditional, strong and bold taste

Cruz de Malta is a brand owned and produced by Molinos Rio Del Plata S.A. This yerba mate is popular in Argentina due to its bold taste. It is the gold standard mate for authentic yerba mate lovers. It has a well-balanced cut and a nice green color.


This is a strong and bold mate. It has a very nice earthy and smoky aroma. Its taste can be a little overwhelming for new mate drinkers.


I personally like Cruz de Malta yerba mate very much. It is robust and strong and I recommend it for all materos who love the traditional bold taste! Also, the price of the product is very nice, considering it’s a high-quality product.

Canarias – For the Enthusiasts

Canarias Yerba Mate

  • Amount: 2.2 lbs / 1 Kilo
  • Type: Gaucho mate (fine cut)
  • Taste: Medium / Strong, Creamy, Malty, Smoky
  • Origin: Brazil
  • Recommended for: Seasoned mate enthusiasts

Canarias brand is very popular in Uruguay and they have established themselves strongly within that region. The leaves are grown in Southern Brazil and the blend includes a lot of small leaves with plenty of powder. Canarias yerba mate is free of chemicals and it is aged for 4 – 6 months.


This gaucho mate has an interesting and strong taste. It’s bursting with creamy, smoky, malty and bitter aromas. It holds it’s flavor for a long time which allows you to refill the gourd several times.


I love this unique yerba mate. It gives me energy but at the same time, it brings a nice and calm feeling. Canarias yerba mate offers great value for money and I recommend it for all experienced materos!

Try Them Out and Find Your Favorite!

Don’t be afraid to try different brands and types of yerba mate! They all have different qualities which make trying them out an interesting journey. You can also try different types of gourds and bombillas and various brewing methods to make your experience even more interesting.

If you are looking for organic mate product which is especially recommended for North Americans and beginning mate drinkers, check out our Guayaki Yerba Mate Review.

I hope you found my yerba mate tea reviews useful and interesting. Post a comment below and tell me which one is your favorite yerba mate brand and why!

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2 thoughts on “Yerba Mate Tea Reviews – 5 Popular Brands”

  1. Hi Joonas, I thank you for helping me to understand the differences between the different Yerba mates. I have to be honest and say I have never tried Yerba Mate at all but now after reading this post, I think I would love it. I like all kinds of herbal tea and make my own blends. I would like to try the Mate Factor, it seems the mildest and until I am used to it I think I should go mild and build up. I am sure I will like it, twigs and stems and leaves don’t bother me as I am used to that with the herbal tea. Again thanks for helping figure out which one is best for me.

    • Hi Lynda!

      Good to hear that you found my review article useful. Yes, Mate Factor Yerba Mate is an excellent choice for the first mate! You can also check my review of Guayuaki Yerba Mate and Yerba Mate tea bags, which are also good for beginners.


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