Guayaki - Yerba Mate Revel Berry - 16 oz.
Guayaki Yerba Mate Revel Berry Guayakí (gwy-uh-kee) Yerba Mate (yer-bah mah-tay) is made from the leaves of the celebrated South American rainforest holly tree (ilex paraguariensis).
For centuries, South America's Aché Guayakí tribe have sipped yerba mate daily from a traditional gourd for its powerful rejuvenative effects. These rainforest people find tremendous invigoration, focus and nourishment in yerba mate and revere it as the "drink of the gods".
Guayakí's Revel Berry is a flavorful tribute to the Aché Guayakí and their legendary beverage.
BevNET Review : The Revel Berry flavor of Guayaki's canned yerba mate line is a pleasant mixture of USDA Organic and Fair Trade Certified ingredients including yerba mate, sugar, hibiscus, yumberry juice, and organic flavors. The product's flavor is like an exotic twist on raspberry iced tea, with the biggest difference coming from the earthy flavor of the yerba mate. It's smooth and clean, lacking the grassy flavor that you get from steeping your own cup of mate. Like the other canned offerings from Guayaki, this variety has 150 mg of natural caffeine per can, making it a pretty potent pick-me-up as well. The can features the same great format as Guayaki's other two canned varieties. In this case, the red accent color and illustration of a person are effective in terms of both catching the eye and helping the product achieve its authentic look. We're definitely fans of what they've done. Overall, a really well executed product that manages to be both mainstream and true to Guayaki's roots.
The uplifting and nourishing choice of health-minded individuals, yerba mate boasts 24 vitamins and minerals, 15 amino acids and abundant antioxidants. Yerba mate is also known for its adaptogen-like qualities, which include reducing the effects of occasional stress.
Of the six commonly used stimulants in the world, yerba mate, coffee, tea, kola nut, cocoa and guarana, yerba mate, with naturally occurring caffeine, triumphs as the most balanced, delivering both energy and nutrition.
WHAT DOES REVEL BERRY TASTE LIKE?
Revel Berry has a delicious raspberry and blackberry flavor. It's easy drinking and clean tasting, and not too sweet.
HOW DOES IT COMPARE TO THE BOTTLED MATE DRINKS?
The bottled mate drinks are more 'juicy' and 'earthy' and come in glass bottles. The cans have a lighter and brighter flavor.
IS IT CARBONATED?
NO. But, they are under minimal pressure so the cans maintain integrity when shipped.
IS IT AN ENERGY DRINK?
Not in the traditional sense, but many people experience energy from drinking mate as well as clarity of mind. Each can has 150 mg of caffeine, which is equivalent to a cup of coffee.
WHAT IS YERBA MATE?
Mate has the strength of coffee, the health benefits of tea, and the euphoria of chocolate. Yerba mate is made from the naturally caffeinated and nourishing leaves of the celebrated South American rainforest holly tree (Ilex paraguariensis).
- Helps Stimulate Focus and Clarity
- Boosts Physical Energy
- Traditionally Used to Support Weight Loss Programs that Include Balanced Diet and Exercise.
- Aids Elimination
- Contains Antioxidants
The Guayaki Story
Guayaki is working to make organic, fair-trade yerba mate the mainstream energy source of choice, and prove that a company can be profitable while operating sustainably. They are an organization of individuals whose daily work is to bring you the finest yerba mate on the planet. We started in 1996 with a vision of protecting and restoring the South American rainforests and empowering the native forest people, and with your help, we are achieving that goal, sip by sip. Here is the story of our humble beginning.
In 1996, Guayaki was seeded in California's central coast by two university buddies. Alex Pryor from Buenos Aires, and David Karr from Northern California. As good friends and passionate yerba mate drinkers, David and Alex set out to share the yerba mate plant with the world, recognizing that people were in need of a nourishing source of energy and a healthy dose of optimism. As good fortune would have it, co-founders Alex and David were swiftly joined by three other pioneering partners to round out the original founding seed group: don Miguel aka the “The Journeyman”, Steven Karr aka “Shape-Shifter” and Christopher Mann aka “The Chairman of the Gourd”. These five ambitious friends aka the “semillas” (seeds) channeled their activist mentality into the creation of a new restorative business model, calling consumers to action by voting with their dollars.
The Semillas rooted themselves in fertile grounds of San Luis Obispo, CA, nestled comfortably between scenic Santa Barbara and magical Big Sur. This coastline, riddled with good surf breaks, provided the perfect backdrop for many extended mate gourd sessions while looking for surf. As passionate lifestylers, the Semillas group was intimately committed to a holistic lifestyle and business practice which was philosophically aligned with their love for nature, adventure and spirit.
In a blend of the West coast pioneer spirit and Argentine hospitality, the inspired band of Semillas took to the road to share mate with all those who would listen. Rooted in the central coast, hours from any major city, road warriorship became Guayakí's destiny. Traveling in a mix of VW vans, pickups, and RV’s, David, Steven and don Miguel took the wheel in the one hand and the mate gourd in the other, to the four corners of United States. With a strong brew of mate, good tunes, flowers and genuine hospitality, the Semillas encouraged keen samplers to develop a relationship with the yerba mate plant.
Growing up, we always heard “money does not grow on trees.” Well, today we are proving that “money does grow on trees” and rainforest-grown yerba mate is the new green currency. It provides the peoples of the rainforest with income as well as the ability to steward their land.
In 2009, Guayakí became the first Fair Trade Certified yerba mate company in the world thru IMO.