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Yerba mate is the dried leaves and stems of a South American rainforest holly and is the national beverage of Paraguay. The term mate is a Guarani Indian word for gourd, referring to the hollowed out gourds once used to hold the tea. In traditional use of yerba mate, the tea cup is often shared among close friends and family, all of whom use the same straw, or bombilla. Yerba mate is one of the world’s most effective and healing beverages with over 196 active compounds which shadows the active compounds found in Green tea. Contains caffeine. Origin: Brazil Aroma and FlavorAn aroma of freshly cut grass with powerful green depth. The flavor is full-bodied, green, and satisfying.