Guayusa / Energy from Ecuador

  • Guayusa
  • Conserves the Rainforest

What is guayusa?

Guayusa (gwhy-you-sa) is a rare, naturally caffeinated herbal infusion produced from the leaves of a holly tree native to the Amazon Rainforest of Ecuador.

Guayusa has been part of Amazonian culture and cultivation for over 2000 years, treasured for its unique balance of caffeine, antioxidants, vitamins, amino acids*, and its energizing effect that is similar to that of coffee and yerba mate.

Guayusa is grown on small family farms and hand-picked by local farmers from the rich soil under the canopy of the Amazon Rainforest. It serves to not only make a difference in the lives of Ecuadorians through income generation, but also helps conserve the rainforest.

Unlike coffee or other energy drinks, guayusa provides balanced energy without the jitters or the sudden crash commonly associated with caffeinated drinks. Its catechins provide a slow release of caffeine for awake and sustainable energy.

Guayusa is naturally smooth and neer bitter, with a rich and earthy aroma and slightly sweet finish.

Caffeine

Guayusa is naturally caffeinated and has an energizing effect similar to coffee, tea and yerba mate. Unlike coffee or other energy drinks, guayusa provides balanced energy without the jitters or the sudden crash commonly associated with caffeinated drinks. Its catechins provide a slow release of caffeine for awake and sustainable energy. This gentler and more sustainable caffeine release is said to create mental strength and focus rather than a caffeine buzz. It is a distant cousin of yerba mate, but without the strong bitter flavor.

FAQ

Is Guayusa tea?
Technically Guayusa is not tea. It is produced from the leaves of a caffeinated Amazonian holly tree (Ilex guayusa) and is not related to the tea plant (Camellia sinensis) that produces green and black tea.

Where is Guayusa grown?
Guayusa is grown almost exclusively in the upper Amazonian region of Ecuador. It grows where the Andes Mountains meet the Amazon Rainforest, one of the most biodiverse regions in the world. Guayusa is harvested from trees that grow under the shaded canopy of the rainforest setting, giving local farmers an economic incentive to conserve the rainforest.

Is Guayusa like Yerba Mate?
Guayusa is the Amazonian cousin of Yerba Mate (Ilex paraguariensis) from the Atlantic Rainforest in and around Argentina. Both are caffeinated rainforest holly trees; however, Yerba Mate has a strong bitter flavor while Guayusa has a smooth taste.

Does Guayusa actually have caffeine or a different stimulant?
Guayusa does have caffeine, but is also composed of other stimulating “methyl xanthine alkaloids,” theophyline, also found in green tea, and theobromine, the stimulant in dark chocolate that provides a soothing feeling. Guayusa is a unique stimulant offering a balanced energy lift.

What is the proper way to brew Guayusa?
Bring fresh, cold water to a rolling boil. Don’t let it boil too long, as it will boil away the flavor releasing oxygen and result in a flat tasting cup of tea. Pour boiling water on leaves and steep for 4-7 minutes, or longer for a darker brew. Use 2 grams of loose leaf Guayusa per 8 oz of water. Guayusa also makes a refreshing iced tea.

Flavors

  18 ct Retail (6/Case)

Pure Guayusa


Naturally smooth taste with a rich and earthy aroma and a slightly sweet finish. Organic and Fair Trade Certified.
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Guayusa with Chai


Ecuador meets India in an aromatic blend of smooth Guayusa and spicy Chai. Organic and Fair Trade Certified Ingredients.
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Guayusa with Chocolate


Natural chocolate combines with Guayusa for a dessert-like tea that's rich and stimulating. Organic and Fair Trade Certified Ingredients.
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Guayusa with Lemon


Lemony herbs and natural lemon oil combine with Guayusa for a slightly tart, refreshing taste. Organic and Fair Trade Certified Ingredients.
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Guayusa with Mint


Peppermint and spearmint are paired with Guayusa for a refreshing, rejuvenating taste. Organic and Fair Trade Certified Ingredients.
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Guayusa with Yerba Mate and Ginseng


Guayusa is paired with Yerba Mate and ginseng for an invigorating blend that is sure to awaken the senses. Organic and Fair Trade Certified Ingredients.
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Displays

  72 ct Retail Display Shipper

Guayusa Tea Display

Contains 12 boxes each of: Pure Guayusa, Guayusa with Mint, Guayusa with Chocolate, Guayusa with Yerba Mate & Ginseng, Guayusa with Lemon, and Guayusa with Chai. Guayusa Tea header.
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