Leaf Type: Guayusa
Where to Buy: Stash Tea
GUAYUSA (gwhy-you-sa) is a rare herbal tea produced from the leaves of a holly tree (ilex guayusa) native to the Amazon Rainforest of Ecuador. Guayusa is naturally caffeinated and has an awakening effect similar to coffee and yerba mate. For this signature blend, we’ve combined Guayusa with lemony herbs and pure lemon oil for a slightly tart, refreshing taste.
Learn more about this tisane here.
Having trouble staying awake when you need to? Need some caffeine, but you don’t want the ordinary cup of coffee, you want something bright and flavorful … something that will put a spring in your step?
This is the beverage for you!
Guayusa is very caffeinated – I find it to be on the same level caffeine wise as coffee but, while coffee tends to upset my stomach a few hours after I’ve consumed it, I don’t have those same ill aftereffects with Guayusa.
What I’m enjoying about this particular blend is that the vibrant, coffee-esque taste – rich and flavorful – of the Guayusa marries so well with the sunny notes of the lemon. It is sweet yet tart, but not so tart that I feel myself wanting to pucker after a sip. The tartness sparkles lightly on the tongue in the aftertaste.
I’ve tried a few Guayusa blends by now, and I really like what I’ve tasted. I can’t say that the lemon blends are my favorite (I think that I prefer chocolate! I know, duh! right?) but I do enjoy the lemon-y Guayusa blends quite a bit. Very nice, and I could see how this would be a perfect choice for those mornings when you just can’t seem to shake that groggy, sleepy feeling. This has a refreshing, energizing taste to go with the natural invigorating qualities of the Guayusa.