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    Art of Tea Cucumber Mint Guayusa 2QT Iced Tea Pouches

    Country of Origin: not listed Leaf Appearance: small, dark green Ingredients: organic guayusa, organic spearmint, natural flavors Steep time: 8 hours Water Temperature: room temperature Preparation Method: Takeya Flash Chill Iced Tea Maker Liquor: dark amber As much as I love cups of hot tea, I still really enjoy iced tea and drink it frequently. I prefer my iced tea cold brewed and these large tea bags worked perfectly for that. The sweet, grassy earthiness of the guayusa paired perfectly with the flavors of mint and cucumber. It wasn’t bitter at all and there was a crisp, clean finish. On a hot day the cooling aftertaste is incredibly refreshing. Usually green tea would…


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    Stash Tea Guayusa and Chocolate

    Country of Origin: Ecuador Leaf Appearance: small, dark green with dark brown nibs Ingredients: guayusa, cocoa nibs Steep time: 5 minutes Water Temperature: 205 degrees Preparation Method: ceramic cup Liquor: greenish brown This tea was simple yet decadent. The earthy guayusa played off of the richness of the cocoa really well. It was lightly sweet with a smooth mouthfeel. This tea would not stand up well to milk and sugar but I don’t think either of them are necessary. Guayusa has quickly become one of my favorite herbs because it provides a boost of energy without the crash that you might normally associate with caffeine. I’m also a total chocolate addict so this…

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    Runa Tea Guayusa Spice

    Country of Origin: Equador Leaf Appearance: small, sage green leaves mixed with pale stalks of lemongrass and brown pieces of cinnamon bark Ingredients: organic guayusa, organic lemongrass, organic cinnamon Steep time: 5 minutes Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain mug Liquor: deep gold The aroma of this herbal teasan was incredibly spicy, almost reminding me of a strong chai. I’m not big on spicy teas so thankfully the taste was not nearly as powerful as I thought it would be. Cinnamon is so rich and earthy that it almost completely dominated the other ingredients. The guayusa was detectable only as a bit of sweetness at the end of each sip. I couldn’t…

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    Runa Tea Ginger Citrus Guayusa

    Country of Origin: Ecuador Leaf Appearance: small, irregular and dark green with a sprinkling of orange peel and ginger pieces Ingredients: Organic RUNA guayusa, organic orange peel, organic ginger Steep time: 5 minutes Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain mug Liquor: brassy gold I’m not big on ginger “teas” so I was bit hesitant to try this one. I usually find them overdone and artificial tasting. The ginger and citrus in this herbal blend were natural tasting and played off of each other perfectly. The guayusa provided an earthy and nutty base that stayed in the background. From what I’ve seen so far guayusa lends itself very well to flavored teas for…

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    Runa Tea Peppermint Guayusa

    Country of Origin: Ecuador Leaf Appearance: small, dark green with a strong mint aroma Steep time: 5 minutes Water Temperature: 212 degrees Liquor: dark gold Ingredients: organic Runa guayusa, organic peppermint This herbal tea was just what the doctor ordered on a super hot summer day. Peppermint never fails to cool and refresh, even when served hot. It was strong but not medicinal. The guayusa was barely detectable as a light nuttiness in the background. That being said, it is rare to find a base tea that can manage to shine through a flavor powerhouse like peppermint. I’m finding that I really enjoy drinking guayusa after work, when I need a pick me…

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    Runa Tea Traditional Guayusa

    Country of Origin: Ecuador Leaf Appearance: small, dark green Ingredients: Guayusa Steep time: 5 minutes Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: ceramic teacup and mesh infuser. Liquor: dark gold This herbal tea was packaged in a silky pyramid tea bag. The flavor was mildly meaty and nutty with just a bit of sweetness. Many herbal teas are vegetal and bitter but this one is actually quite pleasant. According to +Runa Guayusa, this is because guayusa does not contain tannins. They are often responsible for the bitterness that we experience in teas. This plant has become popular because of its relatively high caffeine content. It is a member of the holly family grown in Ecuador…