Yerba Mate Tea: Strength of Coffee + Benefits of Tea + Euphoria of Chocolate

November 4, 2015

“Yerba Mate has the ‘strength of coffee, the health benefits of tea, and the euphoria of chocolate’ all in one beverage. Of the six commonly used stimulants in the world: coffee, tea, kola nut, cocoa and guarana, yerba mate triumphs as the most balanced, delivering both energy and nutrition.

Yerba mate contains caffeine, theophylline, and theobromine, well-known stimulants also found in tea, coffee and chocolate. The caffeine content varies between that of green tea and coffee. Unlike tea, yerba mate has a low tannin content so it can be strong like coffee with out becoming extremely bitter. Unlike coffee, yerba mate is not oily and acid forming, so it is less likely to cause stomach acid and jitters.”

At least that’s what the seller of this tea claims.
And I believe it.
First heard of this tea via Tim Ferriss a few years ago.
For some reason or another, I stopped drinking it.

I had become dependent on coffee, mainly for medicinal purposes. I had low dopamine, serotonin, mood issues. Could barely get outta bed. So coffee it was, to get up and going.

The downside of coffee is that it’s too strong. It’s acidic. And there are coffee crashes. It’s a short term boost, and in the long term depletes serotonin. It’s tougher on sensitive folks also. Can make anxious people more anxiety prone. I love coffee but it’s like jet fuel. I use it only as needed.

This year, I’ve been experimenting with different types of tea.
Green, black, matcha, herbal. All are good and have their place.

This past week, I got back onto yerba mate tea.
Holy cow, this is definitely powerful. It’s a way to get some caffeine (40mg per tea bag) + brain boosting benefits. Compare that with coffee (145mg caffeine), green tea (25mg) & black tea (42mg)

Helps me get into that special zone. Writing flows smoother. Inspiration. Ideas.
I use two bags at once in the morning. And there doesn’t seem to be any crashes.

Resources:
Yerba Mate Tea (amazon)
What is Yerba Mate
Caffeine content of drinks