Leaf Type: Yerba Maté
Where to Buy: Yogic Chai
We use Organic & Fair Trade Green Yerba Mate from Brazil for our Mate Chai(s)
Yerba Mate is a lightly stimulating beverage from South America that has a mild amount of caffeine with just the right kick. It produces a light green beverage, with a refreshingly bold flavor that has found a perfect match with our masala spices!
This is one of the smoothest tasting Yerba Maté blends I’ve ever encountered. Generally, I find Yerba Maté (and particularly green Yerba Maté as in this blend) to be quite rustic, consisting of a strong earthy quality as well as a vegetative note. And, while this Yerba Maté blend does have that rustic feel to it, I think that the spices and the coconut help to even this Maté out to give it a smooth finish.
I suspect the same recipe of spices that goes in to Yogic Chai’s award-winning Original Masala Chai is used for this blend, and I like the way the spices and Yerba Maté work together in this blend. The result is a gentler Maté with a savory kick of masala spice with just a hint of coconut goodness. The flavors are warm and spicy. I find the blend to be very soothing and a pleasure to sip.
The coconut is much more subtle here than I expected, but it gives the overall cup a creamy kiss of coconut-y sweetness that I really like. The coconut is present throughout the sip, but, it is a subtle tone of coconut.
This is delicious hot but I actually prefer this one iced. While it also makes a great chai latte, I prefer it without milk. I just add a drizzle of agave nectar to enhance the spices and serve it chilled. It is so refreshing and so beautifully different with its medley of spices. It is calming and yet energizing; it is peacefully invigorating!