Yerba mate (pronounced [YER-bah MAH-teh], or [SHER-bah MAH-teh] in Rioplatense Spanish) is a very potent holly plant native to South America, that is used to make an infused drink called mate. But it is more than just a drink — it’s an experience. Mate is about sharing and bringing people together, unleashing inner creativity, making a person more focused and relaxed at the same time.

It is a truly one of a kind experience — mate can be enjoyed both in a very social setting or during intimate profound moments. Mate is beyond borders and cultures; it breaks barriers between people. Mate makes you a thinker, a person of patience; it slows you down and lets you enjoy the moment.

Yerba mate is not well known outside of South America, so the goal of Matexperience is to shed more light on that culture, etiquette and effects of mate on the body and mind, helping people navigate a vast world of yerba mate brands and accessories, as well as mastering the art of preparing and drinking mate, to make it more enjoyable and effortless. No matter if you found out about mate yesterday or have been drinking it daily for your whole life, I hope you will find something interesting here!

Hi, my name is Andrew

I am the creator of Matexperience. The first time I’ve heard about mate was because of my interest in football. I noticed that South American football players always have a strange leather vessel with a metal straw with them, and have a thermos under their arm, which they use from time to time to pour some liquid into the vessel. I was curious — what is that thing and why they carry it around everywhere?

I found out that there is not a lot of information about it. Most of my questions about yerba mate were unanswered, so I spent a lot of time researching and translating rare pieces of information, I had to try things on my own, I made mistakes and observations which made me realize how healthy and unique it is.

To be perfectly honest with you, the first time I tried mate I didn’t experience any pleasure. The taste of that first sip was bitter and disgusting — it seemed that I was drinking a mixture of strong green tea, coffee and a cheap cigarette. I was disappointed because I liked what I read about the benefits of mate and its cultural role.

Nevertheless, I decided to finish the mate that I bought and drank it daily, and two weeks later I found myself falling in love with that drink. It was a Sunday morning, I poured hot water over the dry yerba as usual and the room filled with beautiful bitter-sweet smell of freshly prepared mate. I took a deep breath, smiled and understood — it is mine!

Besides football, my main passion is programming, so I created this website by myself from scratch with simplicity, minimalism, speed and responsiveness in mind. For a little extra motivation and to recoup some of the costs of running this resource, I placed ads on some of the pages. As a person who is browsing dozens of websites daily I dislike annoying pop-up ads too, so if you find ads on this blog annoying please contact me. I’m also the only author of the articles here, which I write in my spare time.

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