|Country of origin||Germany|
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 200 mg of caffeine per litre. Club-Mate has a relatively low sugar content of 50 g per litre, and low calories (200 kcal per litre of beverage) compared to other beverages such as cola or most energy drinks.
Club-Mate is available in 0.33-litre and 0.5-litre bottles.
Some Club-Mate bottles include the slogan "man gewöhnt sich daran" which roughly translates into a challenge to the drinker of “one gets used to it."
Geola Beverages of Dietenhofen, Germany originally formulated and marketed Club-Mate under the name Sekt-Bronte since 1924. The drink was only known regionally until acquired by Loscher and marketed under the name Club-Mate in 1994.
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.
In 2013, Club-Mate Granat, a Club-Mate variety with additional pomegranate flavor, was introduced.
As of July 2010, the company listed additional countries like the United Kingdom, the United States, Belgium, Bulgaria  and Luxembourg to reach distributors in 40 countries, primarily in Europe, but also in Canada, Australia, Israel, Turkey, Taiwan and South Africa.
Club-Mate has developed a following in computer hacker culture and tech start-ups, especially in Europe. Bruce Sterling wrote in Wired magazine that it is the favorite beverage of Germany's Chaos Computer Club. It is also popular at Noisebridge and HOPE in the United States, Electromagnetic Field in the UK, the Hack-Tic events in the Netherlands and the FOSDEM in Belgium. Club-Mate appeared in numerous leading media websites like Al-Jazeera, TechCrunch and Vice.
Ingredients and Variations
- Inverted sugar syrup
- Mate tea extract
- Citric acid
- Natural flavors
- Caramel color
- Carbonic acid
There are several variations on the original recipe available: Club-Mate IceT Kraftstoff (an iced-tea variant with slightly higher caffeine content (220 mg per L) and more sugar), Club-Mate Granat (with added pomegranate for a more fruity taste) and Club-Mate Winter Edition (with spices giving it a gingerbread-like taste - this edition is only available during the winter months).
|Commonly used ingredients|
|Preparation||Dice limes, put them together with the brown sugar into a high glass and crush both. Add crushed ice and pour the rum and the Club-Mate over it. Add a straw|
- Materva, a Cuban carbonated mate-based beverage
Notes and references
- "Club Mate Reviews, Photos, Information, Videos and TV Ads". dizzyfrinks.com.
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- "WaaAAAAAACH!!Als Sekt-Bronte begonnen, als Einhornpisse geendet". Die Tageszeitung: Taz. 27 December 2011. p. 13.
- "Goldgrüne Flüssigkeit zum Saugen". Der Tagesspiegel Online. 16 January 2006.
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- Bruce Sterling (2007-04-01). "Club-Mate, favorite drink of the Chaos Computer Club". Wired.
- "Club Mate - Noisebridge". noisebridge.net.
- "Club-Mate". 2600 Magazine. Archived from the original on 2015-08-15. Retrieved 2009-11-12.
- Stupp, Catherine. "German hackers' drink of choice". www.aljazeera.com.
- "Flying high on Club Mate – TechCrunch". techcrunch.com.
- "How a German Soda Became Hackers' Fuel of Choice | Motherboard". motherboard.vice.com. Archived from the original on 2014-03-02.
- "Club Mate Products Page".
- "Tschunk – Hacker's Cocktail with Club Mate".
- Silver, Vernon (27 June 2017). "The Chaos Computer Club Is Fighting to Save Democracy". Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
- "Club-Mate: The Favorite Drink of German Hackers and Club Kids Is Here". Eater.com. Vox Media. 8 September 2015. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
- "Hacking Club-Mate". Make. 24 May 2011.
- Judith Horchert (28 December 2013). "Chaospatinnen: Betreuung für den ersten Besuch beim Hackerkongress". Spiegel Online (in German).
- Home Page for Club-Mate
- "History of Loscher Brewery. Includes information on acquisition of Geola Beverages" (in German). Archived from the original on 2007-10-11. Retrieved 2008-05-23.