Club-Mate [‘klup ‘ma:tƏ
] is a smoky tasting, caffeinated, carbonated, yerba mate infused beverage that has developed a following in Germany’s computer hacker culture. It is, famously, the favorite beverage of the “galactic community of life forms, independent of age, sex, race or societal orientation, which strives across borders for freedom of information”
known as the Chaos Computer Club.
Geola Beverages of Dietenhofen, Germany originally formulated and marketed Club-Mate in 1924 under the name Sekt-Bronte. The drink was only known regionally until acquired by the Loscher Brewery of Münchsteinach and marketed under the name Club-Mate.
Is it healthy? Club-Mate contains 20 mg of caffeine per 100 ml., enough to refresh and stimulate without making you fidgety, a relatively low sugar content of 5 g/100 ml, and is low in calories (20 kcal/100 ml of beverage) compared to other energy drinks. It contains B and C vitamins, polyphenol antioxidants, has a slightly higher antioxidant capacity than green tea, and is suitable for vegans and vegetarians
Researchers from NCI found that both cold and hot water extractions of yerba mate products contain compounds originating from a drying process that involves smoke from the burning of wood. These compounds are similar to the ones found in wood-smoked meat.
Club-Mate is available in 0.33-litre and 0.5-litre bottles. There is an ice-tea variant, Club-Mate IceT Kraftstoff, with a slightly higher caffeine content (22 mg/100 ml) and more sugar than original Club-Mate.
In December 2007, Loscher marketed a Club-Mate winter edition. The limited-edition Club-Mate consists of the original formula mixed with cardamom, cinnamon, star anise and citrus extract.
In 2009, a Club-Mate-styled cola variety was introduced. Unlike other colas, its recipe includes mate-extract.
In 2013, Club-Mate Granat, a Club-Mate variety with additional pomegranate flavor, was introduced.
Popular Club-Mate-based mixed drinks are vodka-mate, Tschunk (or “Chunk"), a combination of rum and Club-Mate, and Jaeger-Mate, a mix of Jägermeister and Club-Mate.
Club-Mate is distributed in 40 countries, primarily in Europe, but also in Canada, Australia, Israel, Turkey and South Africa.Club-Mate