Is Yerba Mate better than coffee?

Coffee and Yerba Mate are both stimulating beverages, but they come from different plants and have distinct nutritional profiles, influencing the choice between the two. Here are some key differences:


  • Coffee: Made from roasted coffee beans, usually from the arabica or robusta plant.
  • Yerba Mate: An infusion prepared from the leaves of the Yerba Mate plant, ilex paraguariensis.

Caffeine content

  • Coffee: Generally higher in caffeine than yerba mate, leading to more intense energy spikes.
  • Yerba Mate: Contains caffeine, but often at more moderate levels than coffee. The presence of theobromine in yerba mate provides a gentler stimulation.

Nutritional profile

  • Coffee: Rich in antioxidants, coffee can also provide nutrients such as vitamin B2 (riboflavin) and magnesium.
  • Yerba Mate: Contains antioxidants, vitamins (A, B, C, E), and minerals (calcium, iron, potassium).


  • Coffee: Has a robust flavor and can vary based on the coffee bean variety and roasting process.
  • Yerba Mate: Has an earthy, herbal taste and may have smoky nuances, depending on the type of yerba mate. (Option to choose ready-to-drink yerba mate beverages, which are naturally sweetened.)

Cultural tradition

  • Coffee: Widely consumed in many cultures worldwide.
  • Yerba Mate: Traditionally consumed in South America, especially in Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay.

Digestive effects

  • Coffee: May sometimes cause gastrointestinal issues in some individuals.
  • Yerba Mate: Often considered gentler on the stomach.

Personal choice

  • Choose coffee if you prefer a more intense energy boost and a variety of coffee flavors.
  • Choose yerba mate if you're looking for more balanced energy, varied nutritional benefits, and a different cultural tradition.

The choice is yours, based on your preferences, needs, and tastes! 🍵