Tisanes prepared from plants not belonging to the Camellia genus
As it turns out our local tea shop sells yerba mate and I purchased a couple ounces. Regardless of the quality I thought I could at least decide if mate was something I wished to pursue. I used 5g per cup of water, at 176F. I steeped for 3 minutes in our French press. Both the wife and I liked it. It has kind of an herbal sweetness to it, with some very light bitterness. After a couple cups I had no negative reaction to the caffeine and as "advertised" a calm wakefulness ensued. Anyway, certainly worth pursuing. Once these two ounces are gone I'll try some of the brands suggested here. Thanks!
I think this is backwards.
While I really like Canarias and Rosemante Especiale, my current favorite by far comes from Goyerbamate.com. Their organic unsmoked Itapua (sin Palo) is fantastic and has virtually no powder.