Overall, we're comparing two excellent drinks that are among the top tea/infusions that can be consumed. This chart should help clarify some of the basic differences. The health benefits for both are astounding.
|Origin Region||South American rainforests specifically in Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay||Originated in China but prevailed in Japan|
|Type of Plant||Yerba Mate, a type of Holly plant||Camellia sinensis, the base of all green tea|
|How to Drink||As a loose leaf, typically in a gourd or cup using a bombilla (a metal straw with built in strainer). You will pour about 1-2 oz of water in at a time and drink.||As a ground leaf. Typically the ground leaves are poured into a bowl and hot water is poured over them. The mixture is the whisked to a frothy consistency|
|Flavor||Great :) but typically it is said to have a more bitter taste for first time drinkers||Good ;) but typically it is said to have a stronger grassy taste for first time drinkers|
|Caffeine levels||95 mg per 8 oz||85 mg per 8 oz|