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A convenient way to enjoy Argentinian loose leaf yerba mate's healthy and energizing benefits.
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How It All Began

Lina and Vir met sitting next to each other on the first day of class when Vir offered to share her drink with Lina. It was yerba mate from her home country Argentina. Lina had tried yerba mate in the United States that was mixed with other ingredients and bottled or canned, but never had it loose leaf in a traditional gourd. They wondered why it wasn’t more common in the United States.

They started offering yerba mate to more people and realized that the traditional gourd wasn’t convenient, no one knew how much to drink, or where to get it. People enjoyed the earthy taste, the immediate energizing buzz, and that there were no additives to the loose leaf yerba mate. Lina and Vir quickly discovered there was a market for for a healthy alternative to lattes and energy drinks, so they began to explore ways to offer people a convenient way to drink yerba mate. 

Photo of Misiones when Vir went to meet producers

Vir went back to Argentina to meet several yerba mate farmers in Misiones. They decided to partner with small-scale producers with similar values to build close relationships, ensure product quality, and support local communities

Product Concept

To meet this need for a convenient, healthy alternative to lattes and energy drinks, Lina and Vir created a new vehicle for drinking yerba mate. They paired individual to-go packets of yerba mate sourced from their partners in Misiones (in biodegradable packaging, of course!) with a reusable bottle made from bamboo and BPA-free stainless steel — the Matherma. 

As a result, Matera was born! 

The Matera Difference

It is important to share quality yerba mate with people. Yerba mate leaves require an aging process — which can take anywhere from one month to three years. The longer it is aged, the better the quality and softer the taste. Matera yerba mate is aged for more than one year

To make it even more convenient,  Matera offers a monthly subscription service where customers can choose from four options:

  • Curious Drinker: 3 servings a week for a total of 12 per month
  • Casual Drinker: 5 servings a week for a total of 20 per month
  • Conventional Drinker: 7 servings a week for a total of 28 per month 
  • Classic Drinker: 1 kg/2.2 lbs bag per month

Additional options just for Kickstarter: Argentinian Option, Commendable Drinker, Champion Drinker, and Retail Packs.

Sourced from Argentina, Packaged in California, Delivered to Your Door

 The Benefits of Yerba Mate

Yerba mate is rich in antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins that boost energy and focus naturally. Two compounds — theobromine and theophylline — are responsible for the distinct stimulating effects found in yerba mate.

You get the same energy from yerba mate that you would from drinking coffee but without the jitters and subsequent crash. One serving of Matera yerba mate is all you need for sustainable energy throughout the day.

Other benefits attributed to drinking yerba mate are:

  • Increased energy
  • Reduced blood pressure
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Cardiovascular system support
  • Anti-inflammatory and immune system support
     

Additionally, yerba mate contains nutrients that protect the liver, detoxifies the body, and can help with weight loss/combat obesity as an appetite suppressant.

How to Enjoy

The Matherma includes an infuser for the yerba mate. Just add cold or hot (not boiling) water. Similar to steeping tea, the warmer the water, the stronger the taste. You can take out the infuser or leave it in before you drink.

Preparation Instructions: 

We Need Your Support

We need your help to spread loose leaf yerba mate in the US. Like any start-up, it takes a lot of money to grow. We need your support to help with infrastructure, outreach expenses, and labor costs. Help us prove there is a desire for loose leaf yerba mate in the United States. 

Thank You & Keep In Touch

We want to hear from you. If you want different loose leaf blends in the future, would like a gourd when you’re not on-the-go, be interested in a brick and mortar store to hang out and share in the mate experience, or just want to provide any feedback, email us at hello@drinkmatera.com or visit our website.

Risks and challenges

Production can sometimes take longer than expected so shipping may be delayed. We'll do our best to deliver to you as soon as possible after the campaign is over. Expected delivery is end of October/beginning of November 2019.

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    We might not ship to your location yet, but you want to help us anyway. Thank you for any contribution.

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    Argentinian Option

    Matherma +1kg of yerba mate in specially designed packaging. This option is just for Argentina, where our yerba mate is sourced from. This option does not include shipping costs.

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    Curious Drinker

    Matherma + 3 servings per week. Total of 12 servings. You like trying new things and this is a great start.

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    Classic Drinker

    Yerba Mate (1 kg/2.2 lbs). You have a mate gourd and want to try our yerba because it's softer and has been aged for at least 1 year. This comes in our designed packaging.

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    Casual Drinker

    Matherma + 5 servings per week. 20 servings total. We recommend this as the minimum intake to see how drinking Matera feels for you.

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    Conventional Drinker

    Matherma + 7 servings per week. 28 servings total. You want to see how Matera fits in your daily routine. We benefit most from drinking it everyday.

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    Commendable Drinker

    Matherma + 3 month supply delivered monthly + tote. We´re offering a deal for anyone who wants to try Matera longer.

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    Retailer (Classic Drinker Packs)

    6 Yerba Mate bags (1kg/2.2lbs) in designed packaging. You think your customers would really be interested in yerba mate. We'll contact you to see if you would like to be listed as a partner on our website. Shipping is not included in this reward and you'll need to pay exact shipping cost based on your location.

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    Champion Drinker

    Customized Matherma with your name on it + 1 year subscription delivered monthly + tote + t-shirt. You are one of our first biggest fans and we won't ever forget it.

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    Retailer (Conventional Drinker Packs)

    30 boxes. Each includes 1 Matherma + 28 servings per box. You think your customers would really be interested in yerba mate. We'll contact you to see if you would like to be listed as a partner on our website. Shipping is not included in this reward and you'll need to pay exact shipping cost based on your location.

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