What is the best yerba mate tea brand? See our picks!
The best classic mate tea
The world of yerba mate attracts with huge variety of different products. Producers try to make their offer more and more attractive coming up with all kinds of innovative blends. Sometimes, however, a classic option without any additions or improvements is enough to make one happy. As you probably know, holly leaves are grown in Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina. Each of these countries has got it’s own customs related to mate tea drinking. Let’s choose the best traditional mate tea brands from each of these countries.
The best yerba mate tea from Paraguay
We’ll start with Paraguay. Due to high temperatures, Paraguayans like their mate tea in an ice cold form known as terere. It’s characterized by smoky aroma and dusty structure. The country’s most famous brand is Selecta and their products are among our absolute favourites! Their flagship mate tea for European market is called Guarani. Although the brand only appeared a few years ago, it embodies what’s the best about Paraguayan mate traditions. Lots of natural caffeine and noble, bitter taste - it’s all to be found there. In addition, thanks to the ideal price and quality ratio, it is one of the top places on our bestseller list. You can find it both in traditional and stem-free despalada version.
The best yerba mate tea from Brazil
The country that gave us samba is the largest producer of yerba mate in the world. The local brands are famous for their vivid green color and very fine structure. They’re known as chimarrao. It’s refreshing, smooth and full caffeine. To drink it comfortably you’ll need a special bombilla or filter cap though. That’s why recently the alternative in form of yerba mate green gets more and more popular. They say mate green embodies all the best in Brazilian products. There are no stems and leaves are much bigger so it’s easier to drink. Our favourite yerba mate green is definitely Verde Mate. It comes from a small plantation ubicated in Parana state. There are 20 different flavour variations based on fruits and herbs.
The best yerba mate tea from Argentina
Time for Argentina. So what is the best Argentine yerba mate tea? For many, their brands are the quintessence of yerba mate tea. Long seasoning and drying with smoke gives them slightly bitter, yet balanced character. There are many esteemed producers, which is why choosing the best brand has proved to be a challenge here. After a long reflection, we came to the conclusion that Rosamonte deserves to be the leader among the Argentine classics. Decades of presence on the market have allowed the manufacturer to gain valuable experience. That’s why Rosamonte is so great. You will find Rosamonte products in traditional, stem-free, special or delicate suave versions.
The best flavoured yerba mate tea
The best producers ensure that their products appeal to tastes of many people. That’s why they offer different flavours of their mate tea blends. CBSe from Argentina was the model company when it comes to variety of offered products. Recently, their position has been overtaken by Brazilians from Verde Mate Green followed by Paraguayan Guarani. The first is characterized by juicy color and light aroma, the second belongs to slightly more intense products typical of its homeland. Both are known for great balance of ingredients and huge number of varieties available. Currently, there are currently 20 different Verde Mate blends and 8 variations of Guarani available. We’ve never dealt with such a wonderfully harmonious taste before. You’ll definitely find your personal favourites among these products.
The best yerba mate tea for beginners
Some novices get discouraged by the intense bitterness of mate tea. That’s why it’s recommended to begin with mild or flavored mate tea blends. In our opinion, one of Verde Mate Green variations should do the job perfectly. Brazilian mate tea is distinguished by lush green colour and organic aroma. As an infusion, it tastes very smooth. Beginners will enjoy both classic despalada and fruity versions (e.g. bestselling Frutos del Bosque and Pomelo de Oriente blends). No wonder Verde Mate is the best-seller of our online mate tea shop. Considering the fact that there are so many Verde Mate blends, they’re also available as 50 gram packets. It allows you to sample different flavours before choosing the one that appeals to you the most.
The best organic mate tea.
In recent years organic certified products are getting more and more popular. The eco food trend has also reached the world of yerba mate. Among organic certified mate tea brands available in our online store, the favourite is definitely Soul Mate Organica. It comes from a family plantation in Brazil, where its prepared in accordance with traditional methods. Mate tea leaves are processed without the use of any chemicals. Thanks to air-drying, the infusion’s got a fresh, grassy flavor. It’s very high in caffeine at the same time. Excellent stimulation both when served cold or as a hot infusion. Recommended!
The best mate tea. Which one to buy?
After a longer period of daily tasting, however, we were able to select our favorites. In our opinion, by far the best and tastiest brands of yerba mate are Verde Mate and Guarani. Both exist for a short time, but thanks to the varied offer they seem to appeal to the majority of mate tea fans. It’s worth mentioning that Verde Mate and Guarani are also the bestsellers of our online store. Rosamonte, Yaguar and CBSe are also very good products. When it comes to organic yerba mate, Soul Mate is the leader. We strongly recommend these products and we think that they are really worth buying!