It all started in Argentina in 2015.
Hola! My name is Nia. I'm the founder of Leafy Sol Yerba Mate Co. If there is one thing you should know about me, it's that I LOVE Argentina. It was my home for almost 2 years.
I stepped foot in Argentina knowing very basic Spanish. (Imagine the Dora the Explorer vocabulary). As soon as I met my first Argentine, I probably looked like a deer in the headlights. They don't speak "normal" Spanish!! They speak a dialect they call CASTELLANO (cast-e-shan-o).
I didn't understand a word they were saying, and I thought they were angry. As I began to understand, I realized they are just passionate.
My first morning in Argentina I saw everybody "smoking" from these little cups. I asked my American companion what these people were doing! She explained, "They aren't smoking. They are sipping a tea called MATE!"
When we returned to our little apartment, she made me my very first cup of mate with a little tea-bag. It tasted like grass.
As I sipped it, my taste-buds acclimated and the drink developed into something more than brewed lawn clippings.
I was tasting hints of sweet mixed with bitter. It made me feel relaxed, but more energetic.
I. Was. Hooked.
When I returned back to the states, I couldn't shut-up about this amazing miracle tea called Yerba Mate!
I drank it at everywhere and shared it with everyone and anyone who was brave enough to try it.
Then, I took a business class that required us to start an online business. I noticed a space that I felt was not being fulfilled by the existing yerba mate companies. I wanted to support local artisans and share the "Mate Culture" that I discovered in Argentina. So Leafy Sol was born!
Here at Leafy Sol, we are dedicated to making sure you find what's Good for your Sol!