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Zappyo’s energetic world is ready to be discovered


(Ottawa, ON)  On February 1st, Zappyo  a local and energetic loose-leaf Yerba Mate online store  has finally gone live to the public.  

Zappyo was created in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic in the nation’s capital when business and life partners, Exequiel Alcober and Cedric Belisle, were motivated to brainstorm an innovative way to energize the world and spread positivity. Combining a piece of Exequiel’s native Argentinian culture with Cedric’s creative mindset, a new and exciting journey began. Successfully funded in 10 days on Kickstarter, Zappyo has already energized hundreds of happy customers.

“We wanted to find a way to bring smiles back to the world. With the Covid-19 pandemic and the turbulent political and social climate looming over us, we felt the need to do our part in bringing happiness to a world that so desperately needed it.” says Belisle, former Cirque du Soleil artist and co-founder of Zappyo.

Zappyo offers a delicious and healthy alternative to coffee and energy drinks, blending naturally caffeinated Yerba Mate loose leaves with explosive flavour infusions. Each blend is rich in nutrients and antioxidants offering the same zap of energy as coffee, but with all of the health benefits of tea. The best part is, due to its slow releasing and balanced caffeine content, caffeine jitters and crashes are a thing of the past. Easy to prepare, Zappyo is the new source of pure and healthy energy.

Exequiel Alcober, CEO and co-founder of Zappyo says, “I am so proud of what my partner and I have been able to create and very excited to introduce Zappyo and a piece of my Argentinian culture to the world. I have always believed in finding positivity in every situation and my goal with Zappyo is to help share that positive energy I channel every single day with as many people as I can.”



About Zappyo

Zappyo is a proud Canadian company on a mission to spread positive energy around the world one blend of Yerba Mate at a time. Built and created by life partners Exequiel Alcober and Cedric Belisle, Zappyo’s mission is to lift spirits, spread love, encourage imagination, and bring joy to its customers. Zappyo has created all-natural blends of loose-leaf Yerba Mate, a high-quality, healthy alternative to coffee and energy drinks. Each blend is high in caffeine, antioxidants and nutrients, making it an excellent source of energy. With six different flavours, there is an option for every taste palette.

About the Zappyo Movement Initiative 

The Zappyo movement is about more than just a delicious and energizing product. It represents a joyful experience that hopes to reach far beyond the homes of its customers.

With every order placed on its online store, Zappyo will send a complimentary postcard for customers to pass on the good vibes too. Zappyo encourages its consumers to reach out to someone in their lives and send them a zap of positive energy by mailing this postcard. A simple message can brighten someone’s day and this young and modern brand aims to cultivate smiles across the globe.


Zappyo Fact Sheet 

Who we are

Zappyo is a Canadian e-commerce store, offering energizing and all natural Yerba Mate loose-leaf blends. 

  • Founded in November 2020
  • Co-founded by life partners
  • Owned and operated by proud LGBTQ members
  • All natural ingredients
  • GMO Free
  • Ethically Sourced
  • Balanced and slow-releasing caffeine levels preventing jitters or crash

 About the Founders

Exequiel Alcober:Born and raised in Mendoza, Argentina, Exequiel “Zeek” immigrated to Canada in 2005 and proudly became a Canadian citizen in 2013. 

“Growing up in Argentina, Yerba Mate was always a big part of my everyday life. In fact, it is so much more than just a drink in South American culture. For us, it represents positive moments, family and union. I’ve always wanted to find a way to introduce this incredibly healthy, all-natural caffeinated leaf to the world outside of South America. I believe people will fall in love with Yerba Mate the way I did and I can’t wait to share this part of my culture with the rest of the world.”

Cedric Belisle:Born and raised in Ottawa, Cedric “Ced” followed his childhood dream and ran away with Cirque du Soleil performing around the world, before returning home in March 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The unprecedented global changes to the entertainment industry gave me a chance to focus on my creative and entrepreneurial spirits. After spending the last 10 years as an acrobat with Cirque du Soleil, I was suddenly forced to pivot and decided to use my creativity to design a brand that would stand out. Though I could no longer perform on stage, I was still determined to entertain and bring joy to the world in new ways.”

Our Values

Staying humble is one of Zappyo’s core values. We deliver high-quality products while encouraging creativity and opening our minds and our hearts to the world around us.


Media Inquiries 


Exequiel Alcober & Cedric Belisle

Email: hello@zappyo.ca

Tel: +1 (873) 376-5790                         


Instagram: @zappyo