Our Yerba Maté is 100% fresh, sustainable, and harvested
from wild-grown forests in Brazil.
Enjoy Yerba Maté for a smooth form of energy −
— without the jitters and a crash later.
- Our top priorities are quality and traditional production
- We use leaves from wild-grown trees, smoked with mate wood, and pounded by a water-run wooden machine
- Our sustainable production is not dependent on electricity
We love drinking maté and we are excited to bring this wonderful product directly from our homeland to you.
Maté leaves are used to prepare drinks that have long been a cherished tradition in various South American countries. It all started with the Guarani nation, native people from the rainforest, and today drinking maté is a daily ritual for many people from southern Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay… … and around the world.
Maté is chock-full of health-promoting properties. The one benefit new maté drinkers experience immediately is the alertness that it gives without the common afternoon energy slump. You wake up, drink maté, and feel energized. No nervous excitement, just clear-headed focus. And unlike coffee, yerba maté hydrates you. It also feeds your body with minerals and vitamins (including A, C, and E). These are just some of the reasons Dr. Oz calls it a “Miracle Drink.” If you only use coffee or black tea for energy, try Yerba Maté today. Click here to see a variety of maté products.
The Meta Mate difference:
Always the Freshest Harvest
It is a common industry practice to distribute yerba maté after warehousing it for at least 6 months. This procedure is done to increase the caffeine content. Unfortunately, this approach also compromises the quality of the final product.
After having studied the indigenous tradition, spoken with families who have produced maté for generations, as well as have harvested it for ourselves, we have learned that the highest quality depends on the freshness of the product. That’s why Meta Mate is packaged and distributed after only 15 days rest. After this short rest, we achieve the brightest color, a delicate but strong fragrance, and a sweet, pleasing taste.
100% Wild-Grown Trees
Meta Mate does not cultivate trees. Instead, we trim from wild-grown trees nestled in the shady Atlantic forest. We pick the right balance between large and small leaves — always avoiding the shiny smaller leaves, which are appropriate for the industrial bitter taste.
Both the tree species and the environment they grow in are important for the leaves’ quality and taste. The wild plant has a distinct aroma and taste that has not been matched by plantation cultivation. In Brazil and Paraguay (leading exporters of maté), some production still comes from wild trees, including our Meta Mate.
A wild yerba maté tree may yield 30-40 kg of dried leaves annually, and harvest is done between May and October when the tree is in full leaf. We are dedicated to responsible harvesting practices, so our leaves are picked from the same tree only every third year to protect the tree for subsequent crops.
Dried and Smoked
Unlike coffee, whose flavor is largely dependent on the roasting process, maté’s flavor is released during a rapid burning process. Within the industry, this rapid burning is done in metal containers using only hot air.
In contrast, Meta Mate uses a traditional indigenous method. Local workers carefully place the tree branches by hand over an open fire to fire-cure the leaves. Then we use our own maté wood to dry and smoke the leaves. At the end, the maté you prepare in your cup (or gourd) has a smoky flavor, strong fragrance, and is rich in beneficial nutrients. Click here to see a variety of maté products.