Mate Factor Organic Yerba Mate Loose Herb Tea is a Healthy Alternative to Coffee - Without sacrificing taste or that energizing boost in the morning! The unique blends brew a delightfully rich, invigorating cup without sacrificing the benefits of our fresh, Green Mate. Yerba Mate tastes great with milk (even soy or rice) and your favorite sweetener (some prefer honey). A treasure from South America now comes home to you: Energizes and Sustains you throughout the day Combats Fatigue and Sleepiness, Promotes Mental Clarity Long Lasting Effects Free from the Unpleasant Side Effects often associated with coffee Yerba Mate is more than just an invigorating brew. It is one of nature's best sources of antioxidants. In addition, a full complement of vitamins and minerals (including chlorophyll, vitamins A, B, C, E, magnesium, potassium, iron, pantothenic acid, and much more) help make a cup of Mate tea an excellent immune-boosting brew. They use 100% percent certified organic Yerba Mate, responsibly grown without pesticides or chemical fertilizers. The Mate Factor is founded on providing a fair wage to the conscientious people in South America who provide our special Mate. The Yerba Mate Plant The yerba mate plant, which is really a tree, is an evergreen from the Holly family that grows in the subtropical forests of South America. The yerba mate tree, from the Aquifoliacae family, stands between 6 to 8 meters tall, being able to reach even 15 meters. There are many different species in the family, the Ilex gender having more than 550, the holly plant included, 280 species found in South America, 60 of which occur in southern Brazil. Only 3 species though are used in the mate industry (I. paraguariensis, I. angustifolia, I. amara), Ilex Paraguariensis being the most important. The mate plant, due to the widespread genetic variety of the Ilex family, may have white or light purple stems, and thick waxy leaves that may present dented or smooth edges. The Flavor The amount.