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A short note from the desk of Dan....

Dear Readers,

I would like to thank everyone for their patience and kindness. All yerba mate blends are now in house. This is good news to be able to report. It is not everyday that your business grows 600% over night. With that said, I am happy to report that only 3% of orders received were placed on back order.

I have received several emails regarding the proper amount of loose yerba mate to use. What I have found out over the years is most people tend to use too much. Of course, this could change from brand to brand. I like to use a 10 cup coffee maker. Here is what I like about the coffee maker. It brews at a lower temperature than when you boil your water in a tea pot. This is important because boiling water over yerba mate will stunt the beneficial properties of the drink. So if you do boil your water, allow the water to cool for a bit. A 10 cup Mr. Coffee style coffee maker is about 40 ounces. I find that two tablespoons for 40 ounces is perfect. If you like it stronger, add more yerba mate or less water. If you like it weaker, add less yerba mate. I also enjoy what they call an 8 cup French Press. They call it an 8 cup because I think it is Italian measurements. Basically it is 32 ounces. What I like about the French press is the filter is a fine mesh stainless steel screen. Sometimes paper filters will add or take away flavor. Below are some very helpful ways that we have found to enjoy our yerba mate.

  • Add honey and lemon
  • Mix the yerba mate half and half with orange juice or any kind of juice.
  • Use flavors from Torani, such as vanilla, mango, or orange. You can usually find these in your coffee isle at the grocery store. They come in regular or sugar free flavors. We add just a half ounce per cup, hot or cold. We will soon be offering these syrups on our internet site.
I have also received calls and emails about lack of energy, constipation, and flavor. With each one of these I have asked the simple question, "what kind of yerba mate are you using?" With each case, they were using a competitor's blend. I explained the yerba mate filler debate. The products they are using contain filler. This filler is sticks and stems. The tea bags contain ground up sticks and stems and powder. Tea bags are normally lower quality tea inside (except for Aviva). If you were to tear one of our bags open, you would see smaller leaf that we call a tea bag cut. In many of our competitors' bags you will find ground sticks and stems and fine powdered mate. It's simply an issue of quality.

Again, I would like to thank all of you who have purchased from us. For those who are still sitting on the fence, come on! Join the yerba mate train to good health. We have received calls from health food stores, regular grocery stores and coffee houses asking for Aviva yerba mate. I have heard from individuals asking where they can purchase our yerba mate. If you want to save money and time, I recommend to take our bag into your favorite store or coffee house and ask them to bring our mate into their establishment. In the long run, it will save you money from not having to pay shipping and save you time from waiting. It's getting cold outside, so warm up with a nice hot cup of Aviva yerba mate!

Be Well...


Dan Garcia
Founder, Aviva Ltd.

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