Maté “teas” are very polular in the countries of South America. The plant used to make maté beverages is “yerba maté” and it belongs to the family of hollies. After firing, the leaves are powdered and then infused with hot water producing a very energizing drink, rich in caffeine.
Chai is a westernized term for a sweet spiced tea from India (Masala Chai). All chai has four basic components – a strong black tea (very often Assam), a sweetener, milk, and a variety of spices. The most common spices are cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and pepper. It is a very wholesome and delicious drink.