It’s been a week and a half since I started my networking challenge, “30 Virtual Cups of Coffee (or Yerba Mate) in 30 Days with 30 People” and I’ve talked to quite a few people already (and thanks to the good folks at Guayaki, I’ve been fully-stocked with delicious bottles of yerba mate for the entire challenge. Thank you, Guayaki!).
I’ve learned a ton during this week and I’m excited to share my thoughts with you.
What I’ve Learned So Far:
I talk with business owners all the time. Every single day, in fact. Because of the nature of what I do, I’m usually talking to business owners about their businesses and giving them advice and coaching around how to grow their businesses. And I enjoy my work. But carving out some time so that I can talk to business owners in a casual, agenda-free way is also fun. It’s refreshing for me, and I am having a great time!
I’ve been reminded that every human being I encounter is a teacher. Each person I’ve talked to has shared at least one little nugget that has given me something to think about later.
One thing I’ve been surprised about in this entire challenge is that so far, no one has tried to sell me anything or hook me up with their multi-level marketing company. So far, so good.
I’d love to “meet” you and have a chat. Maybe we haven’t talked in awhile or we’ve never talked at all. Doesn’t matter. Let’s talk now. All you have to do is click below to message my assistant that you’d like to schedule a chat in my calendar one day in advance and when the time comes, I’ll call you.
Since So Many of You Have Asked…What is Yerba Mate?
Yerba mate is a tea-like traditional drink that I first discovered when I met my husband, Leo, who is from Uruguay. It is something that the people of Uruguay drink a lot, and it’s something that is embedded into the culture. It’s quite common to see people walking in the street or even in the grocery store, with a leather-covered thermos tucked under one arm and a mate gourd in the other hand, with a silver bombilla (a special straw with a filter at the end) sticking out of the top.
When in a social setting, Uruguayans pass the yerba mate around, sipping from the same gourd. It’s a social, familial, friendly custom, and one of the things that exemplifies the sharing nature of the Uruguayan culture.
From a health standpoint, in addition to the antioxidants and A, B complex, and C vitamins in it, the caffeine stimulant in mate is a gentler one than one finds in coffee and soda, and it is a little longer-lasting.
Yerba mate as a drink takes some getting used to. In its purest form (where the leaves are placed into the gourd and hot water poured over them), it’s quite bitter and strong. Because you repeatedly pour water into the gourd and drink it, it does get weaker over time, but it takes some time to develop a palate for the flavor.
I started out drinking Guayaki’s canned and bottled mate drinks (which you really don’t find in South America—my Uruguayan in-laws were amazed when I told them about the mate products we have here), and then I migrated to teabags, which helped me to develop my palate and get used to the flavor of mate. Now I’m fine drinking straight from the gourd along with my family and sometimes in the mornings, Leo and I even share a gourd.
So, now that you know the scoop, join me for a virtual cup of yerba mate, though if you prefer it, you’re perfectly welcome to sip a cup o’ joe while we chat.