Runa Amazon Guayusa Traditional Tea, 1 Pound
- Naturally packed with caffeine and antioxidants, but lacking bitter tannins, guayusa delivers the energy you want with the sweet taste you'll love
- Guayusa is a naturally-caffeinated herbal tea from the Amazon Rainforest
- RUNA is Organic, non-GMO, Fair Trade, Gluten-free, Paleo, Kosher, and grown in sustainable forest gardens
- Contains healthy polyphenol antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and 25 essential amino acids; Low tannins; so it tastes naturally smooth and sweet
- RUNA is committed to sustainable agro-forestry practices that help preserve the bio-diversity of the Amazon; RUNA works with over 3,000 indigenous farming families in a Fair Trade relationship
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Guayusa gives you a unique kind of energy, different from what you get from coffee or traditional energy drinks. We think of it as “clean energy” – it’s how we describe what Amazonian hunters call the “mental strength and courage” they get from drinking guayusa.
The compounds in guayusa give you sustained and focused energy. There are no harsh chemicals. No feeling burned out later. Just organic, healthy energy from a leaf. Drink guayusa to get the energy you want now without sacrificing how you feel later. Not all energy is created equal – keep yours clean.
Guayusa contains twice the antioxidants of green tea. These compounds neutralize free radicals and may help prevent premature aging. It also contains chlorogenic acids, which have been reported to contribute to cardiovascular health, help reduce high blood pressure, and regulate body weight. In addition, guayusa contains 15 essential amino acids and has ferulic acid, which can help improve blood circulation.
Guayusa is grown in biodiverse agroforestry plots, or chakras. To the untrained eye, these ‘forest gardens’ look like pristine natural rainforest, though, to the farmers who cultivate them, they are highly managed agricultural plots combining a diverse mix of plants. Guayusa is a shade-grown plant – meaning it needs the shade of other trees to fully develop – and flourishes in this setting.
After a long history of cultivation, guayusa no longer naturally reproduces. New trees are planted from cuttings. This process involves taking part of a branch from an existing tree and placing it in rich soil. New cuttings reach productivity approximately 3 years after planting, when they grow to a height of about 8 feet.
Runa regularly purchases fresh leaves from Kichwa farmers. We then dry and mill the leaves in our processing facility in the small town of Archidona, in the Napo Province of Ecuador. The leaves are air-dried (we do not use burning wood in the drying process).
Traditionally, indigenous Kichwa families wake up before dawn and gather around a communal fire to drink gourds of guayusa. During this early-morning ritual, community members share dreams, myths, and legends. Several myths recount how the guayusa plant taught human beings how to dream, and throughout the morning shamans interpret dreams from the previous night.
Hunters also drink guayusa before nighttime hunting trips in order to heighten their senses of awareness and focus. Drinking guayusa enables them to get more in touch with the surrounding environment, allowing them to hunt safely in the jungle. For this reason guayusa is known as “The Night Watchman.”
In contrast to many indigenous communities in the Ecuadorian Amazon that grow coffee or tea (plants imported from other parts of the world), the Kichwa people grow guayusa, a native plant of immense cultural importance and mythological significance. Growing guayusa and sharing it with an international community is a powerful way for the Kichwa people to observe traditional cultural practices and recognize important values they hold in the modern world.
- Brewing Instructions: Boil water until it reaches 185 °F / 85 °C then add 2 grams of guayusa (about 1 spoonful) per 8 oz. of water. Let steep for 4-6 minutes.
Heat water until it reaches 185 °F / 85 °C then add 2 grams of guayusa (about 1 spoonful) per 8 oz. of water. Let steep for 4-6 minutes.
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Top Customer Reviews
The indigenous people used guayusa to treat body aches and as a mouthwash. I was told it kept their teeth clean. I can attest that during my time in the Amazon, I ate less than usual but had more energy.
I was able to bring a small amount of the tea back with me but quickly ran out and was not able to find it anywhere else until last year.
I was so extremely thrilled to find it for sale on Amazon. This price cannot be beat! It comes so fresh and pure.
Upon reading up on the company how surprised was I to find that Runa, works in Archidona with members of the community that I was able to meet. They work with some members of the family that I lived with as well.
How small a world it is.
One tip- this tea does not produce any tannins (which create bitterness in other teas when boiled too long) so you can leave it in boiling water for a long time without degradation in flavor - its another way to extract all the goodness in the teas.
On to my actual review of this product- I drink it almost everyday. I add a little agave to sweeten it for me. It has replaced any kind of energy drink or coffee for me. I am focused, awake and aware. I love this tea.I actually get to reuse the tea material 2 -3 times before it gets too clear and I have to use a new batch.
If you need a pick-me-up, try this out. I don't think you will be disappointed.
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This guayusa tea is made from the leaves of an evergreen holly tree that is native to the Amazon rain forests in Ecuador. Yerba mate tea comes from a different species of holly tree that is native to regions south of Ecuador such as Bolivia and Argentina. Even though both guayusa and yerba mate are similar in their botanical origins, the two teas taste different, and yerba mate tends to have a bitter essence to it, especially if you steep it too long in boiling water. I drink both French-press coffee and loose-leaf tea without the addition of sugar, milk, or cream, and I do not find yerba mate to be too bitter, but this guayusa is definitely smoother in flavor than yerba mate and it also does not have the slightly bitter tannins present in most kinds of black tea and green teas. Even though some people do not like this tannic aftertaste from teas, I do not mind it; I just consider that to be part of the character of the tea leaves, just as I accept the slight bitterness of Brussels sprouts.
The flavor of guayusa is similar to yerba mate tea, but more smooth and without its bitterness. The problem that I find with yerba mate is that it is easily over-brewed, which increases it bitterness. I like to steep all my teas longer for a stronger flavor, loading the tea leaves in a mesh tea ball. This guayusa can be steeped in boiled water for a long time without becoming over-brewed, and it never turns bitter. And the leaves can be re-steeped at least three or four more times before the flavor starts to fade. This compares favorably with some premium-grade teas that I have purchased in China before where the flavor peaks between the second and third re-steepings.Read more ›
I love the smell & taste. It's so refreshing served iced on a hot day, but so soothing & warming (as well as being refreshing) served hot on a cold day. I really love the energy boost it gives me. It truly is a "clean energy," I don't think there's a better way to explain it. I can drink cup after cup of the stuff & I don't get jittery or anxious, like I do when I drink coffee or energy drinks. After I drink about half a cup/glass, it feels like my body just naturally starts to wake itself up. My gears start to turn a little more quickly & I feel like a cloud starts lifting. There's no jolt at all, it's so gradual I usually don't notice it at first. I've even drank it late at night & was alert for movie date night, but I was able to go right to sleep afterward without any problems.
It's a bit earthy tasting, & I can understand that some people may not like that as much as I do. I recommend trying a $2 bottle of the iced tea to see how you like it before spending $7 on a box of tea bags, or $18.49 for the pound of loose tea. The iced tea bottles come in several flavours (drink it extremely cold the first time to lessen the earthy flavour) & the tea bags have three that I've found at Whole Foods. The UNSWEETENED GUAVA is an amazing flavour, I highly recommend that if you can find it.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've been buying canisters of this tea for some time now and I love it. I ordered the one pound bag because it was more cost effective, but the minute I opened the bag I got a huge... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Denee Curry
This is our 2nd purchase of Runa Guayusa Traditional Tea, and it is a favorite in our house. Great flavor, smooth and we get to use the leaves twice! We'll purchase again for sure!Published 6 days ago by Terri_Wickwire
This tea has completely replaced coffee for me. I drink it all morning and into early afternoon.Published 19 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is the second flavor I have tried made by RUNA and I love the taste. The flavor reminds me of Juicy Fruit with a tingly ginger aftertaste. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Keith L.
Delicious tea! Lurve this flavor combination with the dried ginger pieces. I will definitely be ordering more when I run out. This gives me a great start to my day. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Patricia A. Johnson
My new favorite morning wake up. Smooth, not jittery, gentle caffeine that's mellow and lasts for hours. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
I am a long time fan of yerba mate and was excited to see that Runa offers traditional guayusa at a good price. Guayusa is a bit smoother (and nuttier? Read morePublished 24 days ago by Ryan