Club Mate is a soda drink introduced in Lebanon early 2014, infused with extracts of yerba mate; a caffeine-laden plant native to the subtropical South American countries, particularly, Argentina. The soda drink sold in the market is a caffeinated carbonated mate-extract beverage made by the Loscher Brewery in Germany. Club-Mate contains natural caffeine; thus any soda drinks made with the yerba mate have a revitalizing impact. Club-Mate has 20 mg of caffeine per 100 ml and contains a relatively low sugar content of 5g/100 ml, and low calories (20 kcal/100 ml of beverage) compared to other beverages such as Cola or most energy drinks. The Club-Mate beverage is now available in over 30 countries and since it contains very low level of sugar, it has a positive influence on the neural system. It also improves the body metabolism and concentration and is extremely effective against body fatigue.
Each bottle contains one full spoon of Yerba mate tea, which brings a refreshing and stimulating effect. For all of the aforementioned reasons, it is therefore considered a healthy drink, which is now popular within the health conscious and young generations. Initially, the drink gained popularity within the European hackers’ community but as a result of its international popularity, people of various cultures and countries like the drink nowadays. Club Mate is Berlin’s most famous soft drink. Its distinctive taste and extremely high caffeine content makes it a drink of choice for everyone from hipsters to techies to all-night partygoers. After achieving massive success in Germany, other European countries and the UK, it is now available in other countries including Lebanon.
Also available is Club-Mate ice-tea variant with slightly higher caffeine content (22 mg/100 ml) and with more sugar than original Club-Mate. Club-Mate is based on natural ingredients and is suitable for vegans and vegetarians. It invigorates and is attributed to the following:
- Benefits the cardiovascular system
- Stimulates the central nervous system
- Improves memory and cognition
- Helps metabolism and weight loss
- Reduces high blood pressure
- Increase antioxidant defense of the body