Club-Mate (German pronunciation: [ˈklʊp ˈmaːtə]) is a caffeinated carbonated mate-extract beverage made by the Loscher Brewery (Brauerei Loscher) near Münchsteinach, Germany, which originated in 1924. Club-Mate has a relatively high caffeine content (20 mg per 100 ml), low sugar content (50 g/kg), and low calories (20 per 100 ml of beverage), compared to other beverages such as cola and other energy drinks.
Club-Mate is available in 0.33 and 0.5 litre bottles.
Geola Beverages of Dietenhofen, Germany originally formulated and marketed Club-Mate under the name Sekt-Bronte. The drink was only known regionally until acquired by Loscher and marketed under the name Club-Mate. Three examples of Club-Mate-based mixed drinks are vodka-mate, Tschunk, a combination of rum and Club-Mate and Jaeger-Mate a mix of Jägermeister and Club-Mate mainly common in Berlin. Also available is Club-Mate IceT Kraftstoff, which is an ice-tea variant with slightly higher caffeine content (22 mg/100ml) and with more sugar than original Club-Mate.
In December 2007, Loscher marketed a Club-Mate winter edition. The limited-edition Club-Mate consists of the original formula mixed with cardamom, cinnamon, star anise and citrus extract. It is since sold regularly for a limited time during winter.
In 2009, a Club-Mate-styled cola variety was introduced. Unlike other colas, its recipe includes mate-extract.
- Inverted sugar syrup
- Mate tea extract
- Citric acid
- Natural flavors
- Caramel color
- Carbonic acid
Club-Mate has developed a following in computer hacker culture, especially in Europe. Bruce Sterling wrote in Wired magazine that it is the favorite beverage of Germany's Chaos Computer Club as well as Noisebridge and HOPE in the United States.
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