This italic text is fancy blogger speak for "This is important. My crediblity is on the line here." The following blog is a product review, and I want you as readers to know that I was not paid or coerced to say things about said product. I've considered paid product reviews as a way to supplement the tiny advertising income this blog generates, but would rather have the people who come here be able to take me seriously.
So now that we're past the long winded disclaimer, why am I reviewing Guayaki's line of yerba mate based products? Simple answer. My co-worker Palm Springs was on campus for his calculus class, where he was accosted by one of Guayaki's marketing reps. (Edit: Guayaki contacted me after I initially posted this to let me know that they don't actually have reps. The person Palm Springs met on campus was one of the founders, and they still travel around the country promoting their product themselves.) They gave him a variety of products to try, all for free, with one caveat: "If you like it," the spokesman said, "give us a shout out on Facebook." Palm Springs brought the products home, and promptly gave them to me. Over the last month, I have entered into a contract with Boy in which I have given up the use of energy drinks and he in turn has given up candy, so PS knew that I would appreciate an alternative. When he gave me the drinks, he also gave me the demo guy's caveat, but I knew if I liked it I could go one better than Facebook.