Lately, new North American brands of yerba mate are popping up. So that begs the question, why should you buy Argentine yerba mate brands?
Our first answer to this question is quite simple: Argentines are the experts in yerba mate. After all, it is the country’s national drink! Yerba mate is tradition in Argentina; they have been consuming the beverage since at least the 16th century, beginning with the Guaraní people. Argentina now produces approximately 37% of the world’s yerba mate, and studies have shown that Argentine households have a 92% consumption rate of the beverage. Major Argentine brands such as Rosamonte, Taragui, Nobleza Gaucha, Cruz de Malta, and Unión have been around since the early 20th century. They have perfected the harvest and production of yerba mate.
Furthermore, authentic Argentine brands are often the more economical choice versus North American brands – even when you include shipping costs. For instance, say you live in Oakland, California, and want to purchase some mate online. Check out this price comparison for purchasing 2 lbs of yerba mate.
Rosamonte Elaborada Yerba Mate at Buena Onda Foods
Total Cost: $12.82 per lb
-Package Size: 1 kg (2.2 lbs)
Popular North American Yerba Mate Brand
Total Cost: $16.92 per lb
-Package Size: 1 lb
-Price: $24.00 ($12.00 each)
-Shipping Charges: $9.84
With this kind of price difference, it makes sense to try Argentine yerba mate brands over North American brands.