Sunday, August 3

Mate Chai, Mate?

I haven't been sleeping much.  I'd like to blame the dramatic move 3,000 miles from my comfort zones and routines, or the sudden onset of piles of homework and a class schedule, or even the stresses related to working 20 hours per week as a massage therapist (which are, in fact, extensive).  And some nights these are the perpetrators, along with whatever other demons choose to drop by for a chat at 3:00am.  


But last night, the culprit was my friend Anna, whose enchanting company is quite nearly eclipsed by her stunning Sapphire-and-tonics-with-limeade.  Tasty, thirst-quenching, and inspiring a pleasant euphoria, I lost count after round three.  

So this morning, when my alarm jostled me out of bed after a brief and fitful nap, my first thought was: coffee.  However, the cafe closest to my bus stop serves slightly stale muddy water in lieu of that finer roasted stimulant: pass.  I considered tea, but that didn't seem quite gutsy enough for the task at hand.  Then I noticed the sign for Guayaki Mate Chai and my decision was made.  

Mate (mah-tay) is a stimulating South American beverage long imbibed to promote health, vitality, and longevity.  With 24 naturally-occurring vitamins and minerals, 15 amino acids, and a host of antioxidants, it's definitely got a leg up on a cup o' joe. There seems to be some debate as to the compound that gets the job done -- is it caffeine?  Theobromine?  Mateine?  Whatever it is, claims to increased mental clarity and sustainable energy don't seem far from the mark.  At any rate, it got me through five-and-a-half consecutive hours of deep tissue bodywork.

Mate chai is a liquid spiced tea concentrate made from mate leaves instead of black tea.  Mix 1:1 with the milk or milk-like substance of your choice.  I chose steamed soy milk with no regrets.  The flavor is grassy, roasted, and slightly metallic, in the most compelling and ambrosial way possible.  

As a bonus, it's organic, vegan, and kosher.  It's even said to fight bad breath.  Put down the coffee cup.

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Scott said...

I enjoyed reading about your Guayaki Chai Mate experience!

Be well,
Scott

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