Free shipping on all orders of $45+ | QC & ON /// $70+ for everywhere else in Canada 🇨🇦

Frequently asked questions about Yerba Mate

Yerba Mate (yer-bah mah-tay) is a plant cousin to tea that stands out for its balanced energizing effects, nutritional profile, taste and its unique infusion method.

Native to northern Argentina, Paraguay and southern Brazil, Yerba Mate has its own culture based on the values of friendship and sharing.

Our Yerba Mate Tea is cultivated by a fourth-generation farmer family in the province of Misiones, northeastern Argentina.

Find more on our What is Yerba Mate page!

Yerba Mate is naturally rich in antioxidants, nutrients, caffeine and Theobromine. Capable of increasing your energy level and improve mental focus without the side effect often related to caffeine intake.

We also often hear that Yerba Mate:

-Can increase bone density

-Can help weight loss

-Can help stimulate the immune system

-Can reduce blood sugar levels

-May reduce your risk of heart disease

-Can improve your mood (thanks to thebromine)

Read all the benefits of drinking Yerba Mate on our page The benefits of drinking Yerba Mate

The Yerba Mate plant (Ilex paraguariensis) is a different specie from the tea plant (Camilia Sinensis). Here's why:

While Camelia Sinensis mainly grows in Asia, Yerba Mate exclusively grows in South America. Both plants contain Caffeine, but unlike the tea plant, Yerba Mate contain an alkaloid called Theobromine (also found in cacao). Theobromine is a lot different from caffeine because it offers more relaxed and longer energy without the spike and crash.

We often hear that the Yerba Mate plant is known to have the energizing qualities of coffee, the health benefits of green tea and the euphoria of chocolate.

Yerba Mate is also the only infusion to be consumed with a gourd and bombilla (metal filtering straw). Here's 5 reasons to brew yerba mate the traditional way with a gourd and bombilla.

Mateina Yerba Mate Drinks are a much better option than energy drinks. The only source of stimulant in Yerba Mate is the naturally occurring caffeine and theobromine coming from an infusion of the dried leaves.

Yerba Mate will keep you focus and energized for hours without the jitters, crash and anxious feeling that you may feel when you consume energy drinks.

An energy drink is just a base of sparkling water in which several active ingredients (synthetic caffeine, vitamins, taurine, A LOT of processed sugar or fake sugar etc) are added.

Mateina is a simple tea infusion made from brewed leaves!

It's also:

Made with 4x less sugar than an energy drink (organic cane sugars only)

Made with simple, natural & organic ingredients only.

Rich in naturally occurring caffeine (from yerba mate leaves). This assures the gentle, balanced energy we all love.

Lighter! A lot lighter than traditionnal energy drink, just like a delicious, refreshing homemade iced tea (perfectly sweetened).

If it's not enough to convince you, here are 3 good reasons to swap your usual energy drink for yerba mate!

If we look at the nutritional profile, Yerba Mate is healthier than Coffee.

While being less acidic, Yerba Mate has a much larger amount of Polyphenols than coffee.

Yerba Mate also contains an alkaloid called Theobromine, well known to offer a more relaxed and longer energy without the spike and crash.

It also contains minerals such as vitamin A, vitamin B1, B2, B3, and B5; vitamin C, vitamin E, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, sodium, sulfur, and zinc.

If you are looking for a healthier alternative, yerba mate tea is definitely a great option!

Yerba Mate Tea is best enjoyed in the morning or in the afternoon between 1 and 4 pm to stay highly focused and to avoid the afternoon crash.

For people that are sensitive to Caffeine, it's better to avoid drinking Yerba Mate 6 hours before going to sleep.

For a better workout, drink Yerba Mate 30 to 60 minutes before your session!

Our ready-to-drink sparkling line is lighter in caffeine with 80 mg per can (355 ml). A regular espresso shot is said to contain about 40 mg of caffeine, so our sparkling infusions are roughly equivalent to a double espresso. This product line is mainly composed (for the moment) of the Mango Ley Lime, which is at the top of the list. An energy infusion much appreciated for its bubbles, it's light and slighty sweet taste. Other sparkling flavors are on the way, stay tuned! 

Our non-sparkling ready-to-drink beverages naturally have a higher caffeine concentration. It contains 130 mg of caffeine per can, all from organic Yerba Mate leaves. We currently offer 5 flavours of non-sparkling ready-to-drink; Original Lemon (our classic), Peach-Passion, Blueberry-Haskap, Grapefruit-Guava and Hibiscus-Berries.  

Each ready-to-drink recipe is unique and has been carefully crafted by Mateina's founder Nic. If you have trouble choosing, we have an option for you; the discovery pack!

Don't hesitate to contact us for more information at info@mateina.ca

It’s absolutely safe to consume Yerba Mate every day, just as Tea and Coffee.

Yerba Mate is naturally rich in nutrients, it can drastically increase your daily intake of vitamins, minerals, polyphenols and antioxidants.

Studies suggest that it's safe to consume Yerba Mate during pregnancy. As long as you follow the recommendations from experts for the caffeine intake limit.

Health Canada recommends that women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not exceed 300 mg of caffeine per day. Hot brewed yerba mate contains anywhere betweek 80 to 150 mg of caffeine per serving, while our ready to drink cans contain 80 to 130 mg.

Yerba Mate is an antioxidant-rich drink that contains Theobromine.

Theobromine is a bitter alkaloid - also found in cacao - that is a mild stimulant. It may offer longer-acting effects than caffeine, and with fewer adverse side effects. While caffeine and theobromine have similar effects, the key difference is that caffeine has an effect on the central nervous system and theobromine most significantly affects smooth muscle, which is why many say that theobromine acts as a natural muscle relaxer.

Various sources suggest that yerba mate puts you in a state of mental clarity that facilitates concentration and has a positive impact on cognitive functions. You can read this article to learn more about the benefits of Yerba Mate!

Depending on your Caffeine tolerance, we recommend not to exceed 3 servings of Yerba Mate Tea per day.

Health Canada recommends that Adults (18 years and over) should not exceed 400 mg of caffeine per day.

Hot brewed yerba mate contains about 80 to 150 mg of caffeine per serving (depending on the infusion method), while Mateina Ready To Drink Yerba Mate contain 80 to 130 mg.

Yerba Mate will not magically make you lose weight! Although, some studies suggest that if you combine it with a good amount of exercise, it could help to burn fat more efficiently.

Yerba Mate is also known to be an appetite suppressant and a metabolism booster, so it could definitely help you on your weight loss journey!

Yerba Mate Tea should be infused with water not exceeding 80 degrees Celsius.

Just like green tea, the active elements and nutrients in the yerba Mate leaves burn when they're exposed to a temperature over 100 degrees Celsius. Water at 70 to 80 degrees Celsius will infuse the leaves perfectly without burning the key nutrients.

Click here to read 4 mistakes to avoid when brewing Yerba Mate.

Our Yerba Mate Drinks offer you all the benefits of Yerba Mate Tea in a ready To Drink delicious can.

To prepare it we start with an infusion of organic Yerba Mate leaves and extract, we add organic fruit juices and cane sugar to balance everything.

A cup of hot brewed Yerba Mate Tea contain anywhere between 80 and 150 mg of naturally occurring caffeine.

A traditional Yerba Mate infusion using a gourd and bombilla contain anywhere between 150 and 200 mg of caffeine if you use 50 grams of loose-leaf yerba mate and infuse it 15 times (as suggested on our preparation page)

Mateina's Yerba Mate Canned Drinks contain 80 or 130 mg of caffeine. Our non-sparkling Yerba Mate contain 130mg per can and our sparkling version contain 80 mg per can.

Yerba Mate in a Tea Bag contain around 25 mg of caffeine per cup when you use one bag.

All our products are certified Organic by Ecocert Canada. We are proud to offer ready to drink and loose leaf yerba mate grown without the use of pesticides, herbicides or artificial fertilizers.

Mateina's Yerba Mate is cultivated by a fourth generation farming family in Argentina who practice an organic, fair trade and sustainable agriculture. More precisely, in the province of Misiones, Argentina.

Our Yerba Mate is cultivated with respect for the native forests. The chosen method allows a natural and sustainable cohabitation between the different botanical species.

Most of the world's Yerba Mate is processed using a heavily smoked drying system that uses burnt wood to dry the mate leaves. This drying method is known to produce a Yerba Mate that contains polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), chemicals that have been shown to be carcinogenic if consumed in high concentrations.

Our Yerba Mate is 100% air dried through a process that use warm air instead of smoke. That drying system enable the leaves to be free of PAHs. This creates a safe, healthy and light tasting yerba mate.

Here's why it's very important to avoid smoked Yerba Mate Tea.

We believe that Yerba Mate with stems is better than pure leaf. In most Yerba Mate tea blends, the stems are left in it because they act as a natural sweetener that naturally balances the bitterness present in the Yerba Mate leaves.

Moreover, it’s in this part (the stems) of the plant that the concentration of theobromine (a stimulant with relaxing effects) is present in higher percentage.

Mateina Yerba Mate Drinks can be stored at room temperature.

Since our canned products are pasteurized, they have a shelf life of 18 months at room temperature. We highly recommend refrigerating Mateina before consumption for the best drinking experience!

When you infuse Yerba Mate in the traditional way with a gourd and bombilla, it can be re-infused up to 20 times, depending on the infusion time and temperature of the water.

When you infuse Yerba Mate with a french press or tea infuser, you can infuse it 2 or 3 times just as any regular tea.

Find more information on how to prepare Yerba Mate on our preparation page.

It is not recommended to reuse an infusion the next day. It will likely have oxidized, and the taste will not be optimal.

You can buy Yerba Mate Tea online on our website when you visit our product page.

Mateina Yerba Mate is also available in many food retailers all across Canada. Buy Yerba Mate in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and everywhere else in Canada today. Find more about where you can buy Yerba Mate in Canada on our store locator page.

We want to make sure that our Yerba Mate drinks always have the best taste possible. That's why we make sure not to use any sweeteners like aspartame, stevia or any "fake" sugars in our products. The reason for this is that these sweeteners often have an aftertaste which often ruins the real taste of the drink.

The only sugar present in our ready to drink products comes from organic fruit juices and cane sugar. We use a maximum of 8g of sugar per can of 355 ml, which is 4 to 5 times less than what you find in conventional energy drinks.

Loose Leaf Yerba Mate at its pure form does not contain any calories.

Our products are proudly made of 100% organic and natural ingredients only.

Our loose leaf Yerba Mate blends are made with 100% air dried Yerba Mate Tea from Misiones Argentina.

Our ready to drink Yerba Mate are made from an infusion of 100% air dried Yerba Mate Tea from Misiones Argentina. We add Yerba Mate leaf extract from Brasil to increase the caffeine content and organic fruit juices to make it taste amazing!

You can find the detailed ingredient list and nutritional facts on each individual product page.

Mateina's 100% air-dried Yerba Mate is absolutely safe to drink on a daily basis.

There are multiple articles that claim that Yerba Mate can be associated with some diseases. It's important to know that this only applies to smoked Yerba Mate that contains polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), a chemical that have been shown to be carcinogenic if consumed in high concentrations.

Our Yerba Mate is 100% air dried through a process that use warm air instead of smoke. That drying system enable the leaves to be free of PAHs. This creates a safe, healthy and light tasting yerba mate.

Here's why it's so important to make sure that the Yerba Mate you consume is air-dried.

Yerba Mate contain natural caffeine just as Tea and Coffee. When consumed in extreme doses, caffeine can cause side effects such as insomnia, upset stomach, increased heart rate, and others.

Yerba Mate won't stain your teeth as Coffee and Black Tea.

Hot Loose Leaf Yerba Mate that you infuse yourself is definitely the best way to get most health benefits out of Yerba Mate Tea.

Cold ready to drink versions are a great option if you're looking for an easy, tasty and healthier pick-me-up, but they certainly contain fewer antioxidants and vitamins than the loose leaf version.

You can access your subscription dashboard directly from your account. You can easily pause, skip or cancel shipments and even switch flavors, all within an easy-to-use dashboard. You can also email us at info@mateina.ca and we will take care of it!

We ship our Yerba Mate everywhere in the world. We offer free shipping on all orders over $45 + in Quebec and Ontario and $75 + for everywhere else in Canada.

If your order is lower than these amounts, we charge a flat rate of $8 for the shipping in Canada.

If you place an order from outside of Canada, a rate from Canada Post will be calculated automatically at the checkout.