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August 2006 - A Short Note From The Desk of Dan. . .


Wow, where does time go?? I am already getting ready for my daughter's senior year in high school. What is amazing to me is the difference between young people today and when I was their age. First of all, there are many more options today than when I was in high school. Speaking of options, what I have found is yerba mate is a good option for young people, and it's not that hard of a sell. I still frequent my old coffee shop and it amazes me how many young people, especially girls, who ask for the yerba mate. Granted, it's usually a Bengal Chai matelatte with sugar free vanilla or a Mate Splash— a flavorful iced beverage with many options.

Plain, traditional brewed yerba mate is an aquired taste (sort of like straight black coffee). I know all you purest out there are going to say, "I liked it the first time I tried it!" I know, I know. Believe me, nobody is a bigger fan than I. But the bottom line is, to get young people to try yerba mate, one should consider doctoring it up a bit. With this in mind, I am going to share with you how to make a Mate Splash.

A Mate Splash is a cool refreshing way to enjoy yerba mate in the hot months. All you will need in order to make a mate splash is yerba mate and a flavor of your choice. I personally like the sugar free flavors. They seem to be more intense and really come through in the recipe.

How to make a Mate Splash in a Home Espresso Machine:

  • Our matelatte blend is what I recommend. Regular leaf yerba mate will flow through the machine too quickly, leaving you an under-extracted shot.
  • Fill your porta filter (filter with long handle) up half way— no tamping required, matelatte will expand.
  • Run 6 oz. of liquid through the machine. Take a 20 oz container and fill to the top with ice. Add one ounce of Sugar free Peach flavoring and a half ounce of Bitter Orange flavoring.
  • Pour the extracted concentrated liquid onto the ice in the container, stir, add water and serve. A fun way to mix it up is to use bubbly water.
This recipe is called a Red Peach. Your choices with this drink are only limited to your imagination. Mix it up and get creative!

Next month, I hate to say, will be a bit cooler across the country. I will look forward to sharing our recipe on how to make a Shaman matelatte. This drink is perfect for those cool mornings. Wrap your hands around the unique flavor of lavender and White Chocolate!

Until then, enjoy the last days of summer. Our storefront is a great place to start!

excerpt from A Cupful Puts Wings on Wheels by Sarah Bowen Shea
Gear Test With Lisa Sher, Mountain Biker

THE latest buzz among endurance athletes isn’t from caffeinated energy gels, but from a South American tea called yerba maté — maté for short. Cyclists and distance runners claim that imbibing maté before a workout gives them long-lasting energy, though no studies have proved it’s good for the long haul.

Yerba maté gets its pep from caffeine. But it also contains theobromine, the stimulant in dark chocolate, and theophylline, tea’s pick-me-up. "Because caffeine isn’t the sole stimulant," said Timothy Ferriss, a neuroscientist who has studied the effects of natural stimulants on athletic performance, "maté drinkers don’t experience the rapid upward trajectory and then the quick crash of coffee."

Our tester, Lisa Sher, a mountain biker who won the 2002 United States National Downhill Championship, drank each maté product before riding for 90 to 120 minutes. None of the products were "miracle workers," she said. But with two that actually gave her the best buzz...she felt "a constant steady energy level" and didn’t experience the gut churning that some coffee-drinking athletes experience.

Source: New York Times, August 17, 2006


Dan Garcia
Founder, Aviva Ltd.

Browse Past Newsletters...
July 2006 - The World's Healthiest Foods List, A-Z
June 2006 - Acrylamide danger in coffee
April 2006 - New Argentine Organic Product
February 2006 - Herbal Tea With a Big Kick!
January 2006 - Monthly Special and Honest Food Guide
December 2005 - Tea is Hot!
November 2005 - Yerba featured on NBC Today Show
October 2005 - New Tea Packing Machine
September 2005 - Yerba in the Press
August 2005 - Mental Clarity & Xanthines
July 2005 - Heat Stress & Important Safety Tips
June 2005 (Part II) - Shortage of Yerba in South America
June 2005 - Aviva Sample & Processing Methods
March 2005 - Anticancer Research
February 2005 - Aviva Quality Discussion
January 2005 - Antioxidants
October 2004 - Yerba & Weight Decline
August 2004 - River Trip & Matelattes
July 2004 - Earn 5lbs w/ Wholesale Initiative
June 2004 - Beverage Consumption Rates

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