Experiences & Stories

Hunter’s First 21 Days Starting to Drink Yerba Mate

by David Askaripour on Sep 06,2013 in Experiences & Stories

Below is a true account of a new mate drinker that has been documenting the life-altering results since the past 21 days of first starting to drink yerba mate. I love the taste of coffee and love a “little” burst of caffeine but find normal coffee way too overpowering for me. I was raised drinking […]

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2 Inspiring Yerba Mate Stories

by David Askaripour on Jun 26,2013 in Experiences & Stories

Two yerba mate stories that show the power of Mate This week I heard two amazing yerba mate stories from a few Circle of Drink Materos on our forums. I was deeply inspired to hear how Mate is bringing about positive changes and improvements in their lives. Imagine that! An herb that has the power […]

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The Power of a Mate Circle

by David Askaripour on Nov 16,2012 in Experiences & Stories

The Mate Circle is at the center of all Mate connections. It’s the Circle that brings us together and makes us whole. When we drink alone, a Circle forms within us. When we drink with Materos, the Circle forms around us.

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Yerba Mate Improves Ability to Read

by David Askaripour on Nov 04,2012 in Experiences & Stories

Do you want to know what I love to do all the time? Read. I eat books like food. I come from a family of avid, relentless, uncompromising readers. My Grandmother was an English teacher. My Grandfather was a Politician, Deacon, history buff, and Farmer that spent countless hours with his head glued to words. […]

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Drinking Mate While Driving

by David Askaripour on Oct 31,2012 in Experiences & Stories

Drinking and driving is bad. But what about our beloved mate? We can’t stop drinking this holy herb because we’re in a car. No sir! What sort of car ride would that be. A pretty boring one for a Matero. It doesn’t matter where I’m going, if I need to drive somewhere, mate is usually […]

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Holy Mate in Tajik Mountains

by Matéo on Jul 22,2012 in Experiences & Stories

Holy, holy, holy, MATE! I recently went hiking in the majestic mountains of Tajikistan, and you know that I had to bring some Mate with me. Ecoteas’ Holy Mate is infused with Tulsi and Peppermint, which give it a unique taste with a particular kick. A few of my friends loved it, much more than […]

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Yerba Mate & Horseback Riding in Tajikistan

by Matéo on Jul 09,2012 in Experiences & Stories

Mate, the truly universal drink. I’ve been spreading it to more and more people, and I still can’t get over the feeling of seeing someone take their first sip of the beautiful way of life that Mate is. Yes, way of life, because to just refer to it as a drink doesn’t do it anymore, […]

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Yerba Mate in TAJIKISTAN: Lake Varzab

by Matéo on Jul 04,2012 in Experiences & Stories

My friends, my friends, my friends. I am currently on another adventure, and brought Mate along with me. I’m living in Tajikistan for the summer, and made sure to pack a few lbs of Yerba for the ride. Unfortunately, and I had to leave a lot of great Mates back in America. But, I was […]

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Breathe Before You Rush: How Mate is More Than a Drink

by Matéo on Jun 03,2012 in Experiences & Stories

In order for me to elaborate on the topic of why Yerba Mate is so necessary today, I need to first introduce you to two people: Charles and Brad. Charles is a 34-year-old man working at the financial services firm, Goldman Sachs, as an Executive Director of Private Wealth Management. He lives on the Upper […]

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The true story of how EcoTeas came to be [Interview]

by Matéo on May 26,2012 in Experiences & Stories

A few weeks after my interview with Steven Karr, from Guayaki, I came in contact with Stefan Schachter, founder of EcoTeas. After speaking with him for only a minute, I realized that Stefan is one of the people who, like Guayaki and other companies, has paved the road for Yerba Mate in the States. And […]

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Who is really behind Guayaki? [Interview]

by Matéo on May 22,2012 in Experiences & Stories

A few months ago, I got the chance to interview Steven Karr from Guayaki. Steve is an amazing guy, with an amazing vision for Mate, and I couldn’t help becoming more and more excited about the future of Mate in the States as I spoke with him. Throughout this interview, we discuss Guayaki’s humble beginnings, […]

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Mate Whisperings

by David Askaripour on May 02,2012 in Experiences & Stories

I don’t get tired of drinking IT. IT’s sustainable. Maintainable. Free flowing. Growing. Sowing seeds. Some say IT builds electrical activity in the brain. Some say it helps wake you up. Deepens dreams. Improves the immune system. I bet IT does all of that, and more. More? Sure, infinitely more. We’re all a particle in […]

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Yerba Mate in NYC with new & old friends

by Matéo on Apr 07,2012 in Experiences & Stories

The simplicity of the gourd is overwhelming, yet it continues to attract people far and wide. The herb is heard for miles, and strangers transform into friends with each pull of the bombilla. A bond is formed, and a mutual feeling is established that screams “WE ARE BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN THIS MOMENT,” causing everything […]

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An Inside Look at EcoTeas [Interview]

by Matéo on Mar 13,2012 in Experiences & Stories

I recently got the chance to interview Dee Fretwell, who is the Vice President of Operations at EcoTeas, located in Ashland, Oregon (which Dee pronounces “organ”). The interview randomly came about from the following sequence of events: Circle of Drink received some Mate from EcoTeas. Upon examining the package of the Mate, I saw that […]

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How Poland got its hands on Yerba Mate

by Matéo on Mar 05,2012 in Experiences & Stories

After promoting a little Yerba Mate information on Google+ (you should join it if you’re not already on there), I stumbled upon a picture of a Polish guy drinking some Mate. I posted a comment, and this began my informal interview with a Polish Mate drinker by the name of Sebastian. Sebastian: Hi Matt. Thanks […]

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Yerba Mate NYC: The Social Catalyst

by Matéo on Mar 04,2012 in Experiences & Stories

My friend Milton, and his roommate Casey, both lost their mateginity a few days ago. They described their experience as “enlightening,” and Milton claimed that Mate is a “social catalyst.” Both are very true, and I was happy to hear my friends come to this conclusion about a drink they had only recently been acquainted […]

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