Yerba Mate South AmericaI started this blog because I wanted to shine a light on Yerba Mate, the drink of choice for hundreds of millions of South Americans, and to give others the chance to try it out for themselves.

I have traveled to 20+ countries and have seen Yerba Mate being drunk by people from around the world. Now that I live in Brazil I have the opportunity to explore Yerba culture and to share it with my readers. I am in the process of learning as much as I can about Mate so that I can share my findings with you. Whether I discuss the health benefits, nutritional benefits, social connectivity, history, or cultural relevance of Mate all of my writings are designed to inform and to help you become more knowledgeable about your tea of choice!

I live in the Mate epicenter of the world, southern South America. Mate originated here, nearly the entire world’s supply is grown here, and for hundreds of millions of people Mate is an essential part of daily life. When I moved to Sao Paulo Brazil I already knew about Mate and had been drinking it regularly for a couple of years. A friend of mine, who self identifies as an argentine (even though she has French parents and spent her childhood in the U.S.!), introduced me to Mate.

Mate appealed to me immediately; its low acidity and high caffeine content was what originally caught my attention. At that point in my life, like millions of Americans, I was a daily coffee drinker. But as all coffee addicts know coffee can upset your stomach causing indigestion, acid reflux, and a host of other negative side effects when you come down from the caffeine boost. For all of those reasons I was excited when I found Mate; the drink bumped up my energy level without any of the negative side effects that I had been experiencing while drinking coffee.

Now that I live in Sao Paulo, mate has become a ubiquitous part of my daily live. Passing a gourd around a circle, and sharing an afternoon tea break with friends is an unforgettable experience that everyone should enjoy once in their life. I created Planet Yerba Mate because I wanted to share this experience with others.