Porteñas is a unique establishment that brings South America’s best-loved treat: the spiced drink yerba mate. Speedy service, sleek décor, and bold and unusual flavors will combine to give customers an organic food experience where convenient meets exotic.
Porteñas experience will offer our audacious patrons an invigorating cup of yerba mate, served with a filter straw in an authentic gourd. And what is yerba mate? It’s a tea-like beverage from South America, where it’s often called “the tea of the gods.” Its history stretches back to pre-Columbian Paraguay, where it was first enjoyed by the indigenous Guaraní.
Yerba mate is the intelligent alternative to coffee. It stimulates the brain, increasing lucidity and slowly releasing sustainable energy throughout the day, and without the “crashing” effect you feel with coffee. It even has medical benefits, as the Guaraní knew long before the arrival of Europeans.
Yerba mate stimulates the immune system, combats inflammation and obesity, and is packed with vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2, B3, B5 and B complex. It also contains many essential minerals, fatty acids, flavonols, and antioxidants.
Yerba Mate is a wonderful source of vitamins and minerals, reduces bad cholesterol, and is a powerful antioxidant. In fact, yerba mate provides 90% more antioxidants than green tea, due to its high concentration of polyphenols, which improve the body's natural defenses and protect it from cell damage.