Amazonian Guayusa (herbal tea)

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Amazonian Guayusa

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  • 3.5 oz Tin $13.95
  • 0.9 oz Sample $3.95
  • 2.0 oz Pouch $6.95
  • 8.0 oz Pouch $16.95
  • 1.0 lb Pouch $29.95
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Here it is. We are super into this AMAZING herb and happy to share the love. Incredibly smooth, with a taste eerily similar to GABA Oolong. This is a nicely energizing tea, similar in effect to maté, but with much different flavor characteristics. Firstly, it has no grassy taste and is incredibly smooth. No bitterness and a hint of natural sweetness. A long steep produces an incredible mouth feel, as well.

Guayusa contains 50% more antioxidants than green tea and is full of polyphenols, flavonoids, and saponins. These compounds in guayusa offer a range of holistic health benefits from calming the nervous system to cardiovascular health.
A traditional drink from Ecuador with thousands of years of history and magic.

2.0 oz Pouch $6.95 - 30 servings 23¢ per cup | 3.5 oz Tin $13.95 - 53 servings 27¢ per cup

Customer Reviews

  1. January 4, 2013 Review by mary

    I was pleasantly surprised by how very tea-like this is, in a good way, of course. It has no bitterness, no grassy taste, no weird and unconvincing imitation tea flavors, and none of that yucky, bitter decaf nastiness. It tastes very smooth, a little earthy but clean, very refreshing, but in a quiet way. It is energizing, but no jitters. I've had herbal teas that I enjoyed, but this is the only one that I thought was anything like an actual tea. I hope that Zhi acquires some more of this. I recommend it and will buy it again.

  2. January 4, 2013 Review by mary

    I was really surprised by this herbal tea. I expected it to taste like an herb for medicine or perfume. Or else it might taste like grass, or maybe just a weird and not very convincing imitation of tea. I am not a tea expert and don't know the terminology, but to me, this was very smooth, a little earthy but clean, very refreshing. There's no grassy taste, no bitterness at all. In one sip, I caught a little strange something, but it never appeared again. I didn't try a second steeping, so I can't say anything about that. It was good cold as well as hot. It's energizing, but no unpleasant buzz like when you drink one cup of coffee too many. I was able to sleep after drinking it. I strongly recommend this, especially for people who want a drink without too much of the jitters and without that harsh, bitter decaf off taste. It looks like this herb is almost out of stock. I hope that Zhi will get more. If they do, I will buy some.

  3. November 25, 2012 Review by Zach

    great discovery

    I am deeply indebted to Zhi for introducing me to this great herb. Guayusa tea is absolutely delicious. I normally can't tolerate caffeine in coffee level doses, but the effects of this tea are unique and excellent. It is very energizing, but I don't experience any of the overintense stimulation, difficulty concentrating, or crash after a few hours that I get with coffee.

    Strongly recommended!

  4. December 7, 2011 Review by Meggy Kate

    I stopped into the Zhi Gallery and ordered a pot of tea to drink in the shop while studying. I am not usually an avid tea drinker but after trying Guayusa I bought a tin for myself and my college roommate. This tea has an earthy flavor and gave me the mental alertness and concentration to finish all of my work. I have also heard that Guayusa reduces mental and physical stress. Great tea option!

  5. October 3, 2011 Review by david L.

    Got a sample out of curiosity. Surprisingly good. I would say it is more enjoyable than mate, but quite different so hard to compare. Mild stimulant properties, at least for me. I normally drink black tea. I would drink this again, for sure. Great outdoors-y taste. Mild and slightly sweet.

Water: 208°F | Leaves: 1.5 tsp per 12 ounce cup | Infusion Time: 4 - 7 minutes

Basic Steeping Tips
- Use filtered or spring water, whenever possible
- Don’t over-boil water
- Remove leaves after recommended time (adjust to taste)
- If you want stronger tea, use more leaves instead of steeping for a longer time. Although, you can steep guayusa as long as you want with no bitterness.
Guayusa does contain caffeine – more than other teas but less than coffee. One cup of guayusa offers 90 mg of caffeine. Interestingly, guayusa also contains other stimulants in the same family as caffeine, known as methylxanthine alkaloids. Theophylline is a clarifying and uplifting compound also found in green tea. Theobromine is the stimulant found in dark chocolate that offers that pleasant whole body feeling many are familiar with. Theobromine is known to offer a settled and bodily energy. Guayusa’s unique mix of caffeine, theophylline, and theobromine is what gives the balanced energy effect without any jitters, crash, or jolted buzz.
Guayusa (botanical name ilex guayusa) is not related to the camellia sinensis plant, the parent of white, green, oolong, and black teas. It is one of three caffeinated holly trees that exist in the world, and is a distant cousin of Yerba Maté (ilex paraguariensis). Guayusa leaves have a smooth ribbed edge, similar to the distinctive shape of a holly tree leaf (but without the spikes). Very large in size, guayusa leaves can reach over 15 cm in length (about as long as your hand)

Guayusa trees can reach a height of over 50 feet and live to be over 100 years old. They tend to produce lots of small trunks on one bush, and therefore are full of leaves (perfect for harvesting).

While guayusa is endemic to the Upper Amazon regions of Ecuador, Peru, and Colombia, it is estimated that over 98% of the guayusa trees in the world are located in Ecuador.

Interestingly, guayusa does not produce fertile seeds. This unique botanical characteristic demonstrates the intricate role that guayusa has played with human development in the Amazon. Botanists believe that after being propagated asexually for hundreds of years, guayusa lost it’s ability to produce fertile seeds. Just as we depend on it for a health source of energy, it depends on us to keep growing.

Did you know that caffeine serves as a natural insect repellent? Botanists believe that plants first produced caffeine in order to give insects an unpleasant jolt to their nervous system when they eat a plant’s leaves. We strange creatures find it pleasant.

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