How much do you know about Yerba Mate? My own experience is quite limited, so I was beyond excited when Exequiel from Zappyo reached out to me to try their yerba mate blends. Zappyo is a Canadian-based tea company, founded by Exequiel and Cedric with the goal to share happiness and positivity. They wanted to bring yerba mate options into Canada. If you want to discover more about this brand, I did a live interview with them (find it here) and Tea with Jann also did a lovely interview (find it here). They sent me three of their blends, Pina Elektra, Turmeric Rocket, and Vanilla Sunrise. Here are my thoughts:
Pina Elektra: This blend is amazing, I really enjoyed it and the energy it gave me. Right away, I noticed sweet almost berry likely notes in both the aroma and taste. I was so surprised by how naturally sweet the entire tea was. In some ways, it was reminiscent of lemonade. I believe it must be the pineapple making the drink a bit sweeter. Since the tea was so naturally sweet, it made it occasionally hard to pick up on additional tasting notes when not concentrating. But with a little more focus, I was quite impressed with the flavor profile and overall balance the tea had. Even with the sweetness, there were undertones of earthiness from the Yerba Mate. In many ways, after trying the different blends, this flavor reminded me a bit of the Vanilla Sunrise tea.
Ingredients: Green Yerba Mate + Apple pieces, Hibiscus petals, Rosehip, Pineapple, Coconut pieces, Natural flavours.
Turmeric Rocket: I had a lot of fun with this blend, especially with my new ice cube tray. With my turmeric rocket ice cubes, I first made a normal iced latte, and then I made a fun mimosa. I was cautious at first on what this tea would taste like, as turmeric and yerba mate did not seem likely matcha.
This is unlike many of the turmeric teas I have had before. The different ingredients take away some of the harshness turmeric can provide a drink. There was a more fruity aroma, with some hints of a kick to it. The color can change from a really lovely peachy pink to a deeper reddish tone depending on how long I steep the tea for. The taste is completely unexpected and it makes me excited to drink more of it. The beginning taste is quite turmeric forward, with a bit of a spice kick in there as well. Then the undertones mix between the yerba mate and fruitiness. It was a lot gentler than most turmeric teas I have previously consumed.
Ingredients: Green Yerba Mate + Ginger, Turmeric root, Carrot, Beet, Pineapple, Calendula Petals, Natural flavours (organic compliant).
Vanilla Sunrise: This blend was surprising to me, a milder tea that changes slowly over time to a more dynamic taste. Overall, there is a smooth creaminess to it, evident in both the aroma and taste. I was very happy yerba mate notes were not overwhelmed by other notes in the tea. I could taste the hibiscus, sweet notes with small hints of citrus. I really like that the tea is not overtaken by fruity notes but they truly complement each other. AS the tea steeps longer, the sweeter almost strawberry-like notes came out more. very creamy taste, with some hints of vanilla. There was a small drying factor in my mouth as I drank a bit more of the tea, but it did not affect the overall experience.
Ingredients: Green Yerba Mate + Apple pieces, Hibiscus petals, Rosehip, Orange pieces, Sunflower, Safflower petals, Natural flavours (organic compliant).
Price: Each flavor is priced at $12.99 CAD ($10.41 USD) for 70 grams of tea leaves. My experience with the tea blends normally shapes the way I react to the pricing. I think my positive experience in both interacting with the tea and Exequiel made the price completely worth it!
Packaging: The packaging on these teas are absolutely perfect. The aroma was well contained within the packaging. I really was impressed with the branding and cohesiveness of the packaging and social media. I can truely say that every time that I looked at the tea packages, I was brought quite a bit of joy.
Sourcing: Most of the ingredients that Zappyo uses is locally sourced in Canada. The yerba mate is organic.
Have you tried Yerba Mate before? What are your thoughts about it? Let me know in the comments and if you have tried Zappyo before! Happy Brewing!