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Guayusa Tea

  • Ilex guayusa
  • Origin: Ecuador
Guayusa Tea



Guayusa is the dried leaves and stems of a South American rainforest holly which is a close botanical relative to Yerba Mate. A tall tree native to the upper Amazonian regions of Ecuador, northeastern Peru, and southwestern Columbia, guayusa has been collected only rarely by botanists and is known almost exclusively as a cultivated plant. Traditionally, the indigenous cultures of Ecuador boiled guayusa leaves in water and drank the tea for its stimulating effects. Indigenous hunters often drink guayusa to sharpen their instincts and refer to it as the “Night Watchman” since it helps them stay awake and alert all night. There is also anthropological evidence that this herb may have been traded, as famous Harvard ethnobotanist Richard Evans Schultes found a 1500-year-old bundle of guayusa leaves in a shaman’s tomb high in the Bolivian Andes, far beyond the natural range of the plant.

Shade grown guayusa leaves are far more nutritious and tasty compared to sun grown guayusa. This difference is obvious just by glancing at the color of the dried material. Shade grown guayusa is a bold dark green, while the sun grown leaves are much more pale and are lacking in flavor.

Aroma And Taste

A full bodied green taste with a slight grassy character.

Brew Time And Color

5-7 minutes average, cloudy green similar to brewing Yerba Mate

Caffeine Content

Contains Caffeine

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