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Runa Amazon Guayusa, 1 Pound

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Traditional Tea
  • Organic certified; Fair Trade certified; partnership with over 2,000 indigenous farming families
  • Non-GMO certified; Kosher certified
  • Clean, focused, balanced energy; 66mg caffeine
  • 159mg polyphenols; No tannins ? naturally smooth and sweet
  • Shade grown in biodiverse agroforestry plots, supporting rainforest conservation

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Ingredients
Organic guayusa

Directions
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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Product Description

Flavor: Traditional Tea

Guayusa (gwhy-you-sa) is a super-leaf naturally packed with caffeine and antioxidants. It gives you the clean, focused energy you need to do the things you love. Guayusa lacks the bitter tannins that traditional teas have, so it is naturally smooth and sweet. Runa’s guayusa is certified organic, Fair Trade, non-GMO, and Kosher. Energizing, smooth and rich, with a hint of natural sweetness, traditional guayusa keeps you awake and alert.

Product Details

Flavor: Traditional Tea
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B004FSASKU
  • UPC: 857732002099
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,639 in Grocery & Gourmet Food (See Top 100 in Grocery & Gourmet Food)
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Customer Reviews

I notice no 'crash' feeling drinking it like some energy and caffeine drinks and pills.
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Drinking one or two cups of guayusa in the morning gives me energy all day long, without any buzz or jittery feeling.
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The flavor of guayusa is similar to yerba mate tea, but more smooth and without its bitterness.
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101 of 104 people found the following review helpful By Dabi on March 28, 2012
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I had the extreme pleasure of going to the Ecuadorian Amazon a few years ago. During that time, I stayed in small village named Mariposa outside of Archidona in the province of Napo. I lived with wonderful healers who everyday drank Guayusa. At the time, I had never heard of it. But it became part of our morning ritual. I found that it took my hunger pangs away and gave me alot of energy. The healer I was with was over 80 years old and had tons of energy - more than me at the age of 21.

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.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By victor gamolsky on August 1, 2011
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This is hands down the best quality Guayusa you can buy anywhere today. Rich, fresh, consistent, and not too dry or too dusty.
The tea has a slight nutty flavor somewhat reminiscent of Darjeeling tea, and is very tasty and grounding. It has quite a bit of caffeine, but compared to coffee it is much gentler on the body.
The quality of the tea is very consistent between orders - I have received 5 orders in the last 4 months and they all were very similar and consistently excellent.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By connie ferrey on July 24, 2013
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A clean source of nutrition, chlorophyll rich, antioxidant dense, super smooth taste, the most amazing of all the caffeine containing plants. No bitter-astringent taste like with Camellia sinensis, a great raw leaf for cold soaks, leaves can be reused several times. It meets all tea/tisane connoisseur's criteria for being an outstanding tea/herb. Highly recommended.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Fred Maurer on February 10, 2011
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I've been drinking this just about daily for a while now. It makes a delicious tea, never over-stimulating, and it seems it may be helping to regulate my blood pressure. I highly recommend it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By AJRLS on July 4, 2013
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I drink a ton of tea. Usually I stick to green. I tried this stuff due to the information on their website regarding higher antioxidant levels than green tea, along with the higher caffeine and the great price. I was not disappointed! It tastes great, and no matter how long I have let it steep there is no bitter after taste. I gag trying to drink my green tea if it gets cold, the bitterness really bothers me. But I can still easily drink this tea when it has cooled, no problem! I drink at least one cup of this per day, I have had my 1lb bag over a month now and there is still a ton left. Great value! I almost always go for this when I am at home and my green tea has become pretty neglected :)
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