German Soda Becomes Hackers’ Fuel of Choice

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“They brought their magic potion with them and infected everyone at the camp,”​ Ohlig says. The soda is infused with extract of yerba mate, a caffeine-laden plant native to subtropical South America. “The first time you drink it,” Ohlig says, “it kind of tastes like horse urine filtered through hay.”

The drink owes its popularity as much to its function as its flavor. It provides a more mellow and enduring caffeine buzz than coffee and avoids the saccharine slap of energy drinks like Red Bull or Monster. It’s crisp and tart on the front and has a grassy finish familiar to anyone who’s sipped yerba mate tea.


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