• Reviews

    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…

  • Reviews

    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…

  • Interviews

    Interview with Runa Tea

    I recently had an opportunity to interview Anna from Runa Tea. They produce a nifty little herbal tea called guayusa. It seems as though it will be the next yerba mate (which it is actually related to) as far tea trends go. Keep an eye out for reviews of their tea soon! 1. What is Guayusa? GUAYUSA (gwhy-you-sa) is a natural, delicious source of energy and nutrition from the Amazon. Brewed like an herbal tea, Guayusa offers clear and focused energy – what the native Kichwa people call “mental strength and courage.” A caffeinated holly leaf native to Ecuador, guayusa contains an exceptional balance of caffeine, antioxidants, vitamins, and amino acids for your…