Posted: Nov 19, 2011 1:22 pm
A good buddy of mine is neighbors w/ the guy that started the Guayaki company in Sebastopol.
Dig coffee an all. It just gives me the shakes + makes me edgy if have too much. And makes me crash after the caffeine wears off. Yerba Mate' has a much smoother buzz. Unlike coffee you can brew it multiple times as well. More bang for your buck.
The taste is definitely acquired for some. Quite bitter and literally tastes like the grass in your yard.
That Guayaki stuff is kinda pricey. Prefer drinking Cruz De Malta which is an actual loose leaf Argentinian brand. Two kinds: one w/ sticks (con palo), one w/ out sticks (sin palo). It comes in a large red + white bag sorta like a 1lb. sack of flour. It costs about $5 in my area. For some reason all the Latin grocery stores that usually carry it have been out lately.Yerba Mate'