elephantjournal.com reviews: Guayaki Yerba Mate Bottled Drinks.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Feb 2, 2009
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guayaki bottled vs. mate gourd guayaki

If you’re a person and want to drink mate (mah-tay), make mate. If you’re a company and you want to stay in business, make bottled evaporated cane juice-rich drinks—we the masses demand convenience and sweetness. This new bottled stuff tastes great, and lifts you up, and it’s still healthier than 90% of other bottled drinks, and mate as usual is a uniquely good-for-you non-caffeinated source of energy, of get-up-and-go.

So I give it a A-, and I’m grading it without due consideration of Guayaki’s pioneering eco/social programs in South America (see video at bottom). If I include their progressive business practices, I’d give it an A.

Still—hipsters, hippies, mommas and all those seeking the real deal—stick with Guayaki’s A+ straight mate in a gourd or french press—it’s far cheaper and healthier, even if it’s not sweet enough to charm the masses.

IMAGES: New School (top) is yummy but sweet. Old School (below) is healthy, cool, cheap. Click above to purchase.

PS: the bottles arrived at Hotelephant in a record amount of packaging for any review we’ve ever done in 6.5 years—not a contest a LOHAS company should want to win. Six bottles each packed in styrofoam peanuts in individual boxes in a big box filled with styrofoam peanuts. I understand that you want to keep the bottles from breaking, but such a green-minded, progressive company should not be using styrofoam or plastic, ideally.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat.” Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword’s Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by “Greatist”, Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: “the mindful life” beyond the choir & to all those who didn’t know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


6 Responses to “elephantjournal.com reviews: Guayaki Yerba Mate Bottled Drinks.”

  1. lindsey says:

    The original flavor is my favorite bottled beverage on the market. And that’s sayin’ alot! Bummer to hear about the packaging, an area to improve upon for sure, but I love this company. It was the very first to introduce me to how the for-profit model can really do some good. I’m not wording this right. I’m actually really tired and was just about to go make some Guayaki mate before I saw this post!

  2. Puma says:

    All Guayaki’s products DO have caffeine in them; it’s just that the caffeine is naturally occurring; the benefits of Guayaki Yerba Mate? 24 vitamins and minerals, 15 amino acids and tons of antioxidants. No jitters like coffee and energy drinks, focus & clarity and so much more.

    Guayaki’s Yerba Mate contains the caffeine equivalent of 1/3rd cup of coffee per serving.

    Enjoy and FEEL the Guayaki buzz!

  3. Lara says:

    I love mate!!

  4. just_me says:

    the other great reason to buy and make your own Mate… try $39.99 for a case of 12 16oz bottles of Guayaki Yerba Mate, not including shipping. That seems excessively expensive to me, espeically when you can make 12 of thier cases of Mate for half that.

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