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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…

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    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…