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The Guayaki Experience

Of all the questions we get asked, these are perhaps the ones we hear most: Where ARE you? Why can’t I find you at my local store, or why does my local store only carry certain Guayaki products and not others? When will you sell at larger grocers or closer to my home?

First: How awesome is it that everyone loves yerba mate?? We love it so much that word of Guayaki is spreading — not only are you choosing a healthier path for your body, you’re putting your cash into a pro-planet product and supporting our mission to restore rainforest. We’re doing everything we can to be available wherever possible, but ultimately, it’s not up to us. It’s up to the stores, and up to you.

So if you want to see Guayaki at your local store, help us out. Here’s what you can do:

      1. Print out our [Product Request Form]  and fill it in with the type of Guayaki you want (cans, bottles, tea bags, loose leaf), and any other info on the form that you think would be helpful. This form is not for us — it’s for YOUR stores!
      2. Give the form to the place where you’d like to buy Guayaki Yerba Mate. It can be a big or small grocer, local shop, convenience store . . . wherever you go, and wherever you would want to buy yerba mate. You can give it to a customer service desk, a store manager, or whoever is responsible for making purchases at the store.
      3. Tell your friends to do it, too! The more requests a store gets, the more they’ll see that people want yerba mate.

That’s it! It boils down to this:

To a place of business, your word speaks louder than ours. If you love us, tell the places you shop.

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Other tips:

      • If the place you normally buy Guayaki is out of stock or doesn’t stock your favorite kind, tell them! Fill the form out or mention it to the people working. If they know you want it, they’ll work to get it for you.
      • If you love Twitter like we do, find your stores’ Twitter handles (if they have them) or email addresses and ask for Guayaki. But know that to a store, that form means a lot, because it shows that you actually, physically shop there.
      • If you have yerba mate lovers in your community and have ideas, send them to us! We’re here to connect and mobilize. Tweet us @guayaki or email info@guayaki.com. We’re frighteningly responsive.

Yerba mate is a drink of empowerment and community. Know your power.

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DJ ANSKI – raving   by Micah Cruver 

Friday morning, as the sun came up, we brewed some fresh loose-leaf mate to help us prepare for the long journey ahead. After packing up the trunk and back seat with Guayaki, DJ gear, balloons, lasers, and lighting equipment, we hit the road. Hours of pumping music, thickening forests, and resisting the urge to break into the cans and bottles of organic gold in the back went by, and we finally arrived at our destination, Bellingham Washington.

As I set up the lighting system and DJ gear, the crew unloaded the mate, and set a case upon every table. 15 cases should be enough, right? We were about to find out. After everything was set up, we all took a moment to snag a bottle of Pure Endurance, hoping it would help carry us through the next 4 hours of madness. People started to trickle in as the front doors were opened; the show was about to start. WIthin minutes, the entire auditorium was packed, and people started to crowd around the tables, curious about this new drink. I had a few minutes before I needed to head onstage, so I told a large group of neon-clan students the benefits of yerba mate, and they were excited for the extra energy boost they would need later on in the night. I had to head up and prep to go on, so I asked a couple of my crew members to hang around the tables and explain the Guayaki story to people before it got too loud.

Half an hour into the set, we hit maximum capacity. Almost 800 Western Washington University students had crowded into the multipurpose room, and were currently all jumping in unison, singing along to a remix of “What is Love?” as the strobe lights flashed, and lasers scanned the crowd. It was definitely a night to remember. I have never seen such a positive, high-energy group like this at any of my events so far, and I have a feeling part of it was due to the organic caffeine a large portion had been lucky enough to enjoy.

Guayaki has become my ultimate fuel for DJ performance, and something I always want to share with the crowds and fans. I’m greatly looking forward to the next event, and opportunity to share the gift of yerba mate!

Can you spot the Guayaki in each one?

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-Micah Cruver

(http://www.facebook.com/AnskiMusic)

University Cebador, Portland State University

Hello everyone! My name is Dorsey. It’s a pleasure to introduce myself. I’m an intern at two amazing environmental organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area (The Pachamama Alliance and Green For All), a part-time blogger, a babysitter, a caterer, and an environmental and political activist. Here’s how I fell in love with a plant that some of us know, and some of us are just waiting to discover.

I discovered yerba maté recently during a year I spent traveling and volunteering in South America. I was actually not in a part of the continent where maté is popular or easy to find, but thank goodness I made fast friends with a Chilean chica named Josefina (José for short) who traveled with a bombilla and a big bag of maté leaves. This was especially fortunate because in most parts of Peru, Ecuador and Colombia (where I was traveling) the only kind of caffeine you can find is instant coffee, or what I like to call instant stomach-ache. Instead of sitting in a stuffy café José and I would pass our hours in the plazas sipping down gourd after gourd of maté and feeling great about all of our decisions in life. The conversations would often center around how lucky we felt to be traveling the world, and what were our grand plans for helping humanity, saving our pachamama [Mother Earth], and changing the world. When we were forced to drink the instant coffee under fluorescent lighting I remember our conversations were not nearly so inspired. Read More

The road-less, native village of Kyuquot out on the remote outer coast of British Columbia has a small general store. Occasionally it’s open. “Not today though,” a kid with a fishing pole shouted down from the Government Dock, towering over our heads. “It’s Thursday, eh.” What were we thinking…eh? Thursday. Of course.

Joe and I had everything we needed for three weeks of self-supported kayaking; it was crammed in the hulls of our boats, in the Pelicases strapped behind our seats or swimming in the water around us… everything but the damned honey!

Yerba Mate is great for kayaking, particularly touring or expeditions. A bunch of us from the San Juan Islands like to paddle the northwest coast of BC. We often go in big, tribal-like groups, other times with a partner, sometimes alone. We love this wild seacoast that civilization hasn’t caught up with yet and we love the challenge of getting there under our own power in our own small boats. We look forward to an all-you-can-eat seafood buffet, high pressure and hot sand and even the great gales and storms of September, and we try and spend several weeks or more here each year. Read More