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Sparkling Guayakí Yerba Mate Review

Wow! The OG Yerba Mate connect – Guayakí – is making it a point to transform with the times. Ie: health – friendly energy drinks available sparkling and in a can.

I purchased some smaller cans but they also had 16oz drinks available too. Honestly, the big ones probably would have been a better buy as the small cans and large cans cost the same amount.

Anyway! My excitement was HIGH when I saw these! I’m always hunting for a healthy energy drink.

Guayakí is a trusted brand and Yerba Mate is a natural source of caffeine so this was a mostly guilt-free taste test.

The first flavor I decided to try was the lower calorie one – although I didn’t pick it because it has low calories. I chose it because the flavor has sage in it! As you may know, I love sage. So it was a no-brainer.

The 15 calorie Ginger Sage flavor was okay. The lower sugar was apparent; this was not a sweet drink. But, it was bubbly!

It was probably the most refreshing beverage I’ve had that also had carbonated water in it.

Now for the part that matters most – the caffeine! This has 80 milligrams per can, about the same amount as a quality cup of coffee.

I did receive a boost from this, but it wasn’t super energy that had me ready to lift buildings.

What it did do for me was provide enough power to finish my work that day with a clear outlook.

The second flavor – grapefruit ginger – was the better one on all fronts. First it was full calories. Only 45 calories and each calorie was delicious.

The thing about these drinks is that the flavor on the can doesn’t translate very strong.

The Ginger Sage drink – while refreshing – did not taste like ginger or sage.

The Grapefruit Ginger drink was more flavorful and had the characteristic grapefruit flavor, just sweetened. I couldn’t really taste any ginger heat though so that was a little disappointing.

I guess the real question would be: would I purchase these again?

The answer is yes, I would. Sure, the caffeine is not over-powering but I don’t want it to be. Smooth, organic energy is achieved in these cans and the flavors are enjoyable – not too sweet at all and very refreshing.

Yachak Yerba Mate drink review

The search for healthy energy drinks may have reached an apex. I can’t imagine anything surpassing these Yachak Yerba Mate drinks.

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It’s not pronounced mate, it sounds like MAH-TAYE.

Herbal caffeine sources are not as potent as coffee beans. Although, coffee is a bean so it is a plant (score one for plant based lifestyles!). But it’s roasted, which makes it not very good, unfortunately.

As a life long coffee lover, the flavor of coffee just cannot be substituted for me. At least, I haven’t found a good substitute yet. (If you know of any please let me know!)

HOWEVER, I have found a good caffeine source that’s better than coffee.

Yes, I said better than coffee. It’s better because it’s healthier.

Sometimes coffee creates the jitters – especially when there is a sale where you can purchase a large coffee for only one dollar. That means, I’ll probably consume too much coffee. And sometimes I’ll feel weird afterward.

Okay, okay, this post is not supposed to be about coffee. Of course I can talk about this, at length, for pages and pages.

but, I won’t waste your time with my coffee love letter. This is what we are here to talk about:

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This drink is wonderful. Aluminium packaging aside – I don’t have anything bad to say about this.

I purchased it from a rural 7-Eleven. The cans are kind of big and I was hesitant to drink the entire thing at one time. But I did.

It was glorious.

The natural caffeine in this drink was a smooth arrival. I felt lifted, naturally. Not jittery, not too hype. Natural is a perfect word for it.

It’s in a can but no, it’s not caffeinated. It is herbal flavored, especially the Infused Mate flavor (above).

But there are other flavors too, I was pleased to discover.

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I was skeptical about this one because of the mint but it was good too. I really don’t have anything bad to say about these drinks. They’re refreshing and I’ve had a solid number of them over this summer 🙂

Something else wonderful about Yerba Mate is that it is not dehydrating like coffee/green tea/black tea.

This one is my favorite flavor. It has real juice in it.

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If you’re seeking a super sweet drink, this is not it. These are slightly sweet, kind of fruity (if it’s a berry flavor) and refreshing as hell, especially on a hot summer day!

So, yes. Try it.

Honorable mention to the OG Yerba Mate, Guayaki! They are now offering ready-made Yerba Mate drinks too.

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