Runa Clean Energy, Organic Loose Leaf, Mint Guayusa Tea, 1 Pound

Runa Clean Energy, Organic Loose Leaf, Mint Guayusa Tea, 1 Pound

Runa Clean Energy, Organic Loose Leaf, Mint Guayusa Tea, 1 Pound

  • Organic certified; Fair Trade certified; partnership with over 2,000 indigenous farming families
  • Non-GMO certified; Kosher certified
  • Clean, focused, balanced energy; 32mg caffeine
  • 77mg polyphenols; No tannins ? naturally smooth and sweet
  • Shade grown in biodiverse agroforestry plots, supporting rainforest conservation

Guayusa (gwhy-you-sa) is an Amazonian super-leaf naturally packed with caffeine and antioxidants. It gives you the clean, focused energy you need to do the things you love. Guayusa lacks the bitter tannins that traditional teas have, so it is naturally smooth and sweet. Runa’s guayusa is certified organic, Fair Trade, non-GMO, and Kosher. An energizing duo of punchy peppermint and naturally sweet guayusa.

List Price: $ 18.49

Price: $ 18.49

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  1. 132 of 135 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    An old friend, March 28, 2012
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    Dabi

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    I had the extreme pleasure of going to the Ecuadorian Amazon a few years ago. During that time, I stayed in small village named Mariposa outside of Archidona in the province of Napo. I lived with wonderful healers who everyday drank Guayusa. At the time, I had never heard of it. But it became part of our morning ritual. I found that it took my hunger pangs away and gave me alot of energy. The healer I was with was over 80 years old and had tons of energy – more than me at the age of 21.

    The indigenous people used guayusa to treat body aches and as a mouthwash. I was told it kept their teeth clean. I can attest that during my time in the Amazon, I ate less than usual but had more energy.
    I was able to bring a small amount of the tea back with me but quickly ran out and was not able to find it anywhere else until last year.

    I was so extremely thrilled to find it for sale on Amazon. This price cannot be beat! It comes so fresh and pure.

    Upon reading up on the company how surprised was I to find that Runa, works in Archidona with members of the community that I was able to meet. They work with some members of the family that I lived with as well.

    How small a world it is.

    One tip- this tea does not produce any tannins (which create bitterness in other teas when boiled too long) so you can leave it in boiling water for a long time without degradation in flavor – its another way to extract all the goodness in the teas.

    On to my actual review of this product- I drink it almost everyday. I add a little agave to sweeten it for me. It has replaced any kind of energy drink or coffee for me. I am focused, awake and aware. I love this tea.I actually get to reuse the tea material 2 -3 times before it gets too clear and I have to use a new batch.
    If you need a pick-me-up, try this out. I don’t think you will be disappointed.

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  2. ƒůŽźŸ ωŬ... Reply September 7, 2014 at 3:17 am
    42 of 48 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Smooth stimulating tea, without coffee’s caffeine surge or yerba mate’s bitter tinge; a bit like Darjeeling, oolong, or pu’erh., January 31, 2013
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    This guayusa tea is made from the leaves of an evergreen holly tree that is native to the Amazon rain forests in Ecuador. Yerba mate tea comes from a different species of holly tree that is native to regions south of Ecuador such as Bolivia and Argentina. Even though both guayusa and yerba mate are similar in their botanical origins, the two teas taste different, and yerba mate tends to have a bitter essence to it, especially if you steep it too long in boiling water. I drink both French-press coffee and loose-leaf tea without the addition of sugar, milk, or cream, and I do not find yerba mate to be too bitter, but this guayusa is definitely smoother in flavor than yerba mate and it also does not have the slightly bitter tannins present in most kinds of black tea and green teas. Even though some people do not like this tannic aftertaste from teas, I do not mind it; I just consider that to be part of the character of the tea leaves, just as I accept the slight bitterness of Brussels sprouts.

    The flavor of guayusa is similar to yerba mate tea, but more smooth and without its bitterness. The problem that I find with yerba mate is that it is easily over-brewed, which increases it bitterness. I like to steep all my teas longer for a stronger flavor, loading the tea leaves in a mesh tea ball. This guayusa can be steeped in boiled water for a long time without becoming over-brewed, and it never turns bitter. And the leaves can be re-steeped at least three or four more times before the flavor starts to fade. This compares favorably with some premium-grade teas that I have purchased in China before where the flavor peaks between the second and third re-steepings. The flavor is earthy and nutty with a very slight fruity sweetness, and a creamy smooth texture, somewhat like a smooth Darjeeling, oolong, or pu’erh tea.

    Note: At the time of this review’s writing, the Amazon product description incorrectly lists this as “Ingredients: Organic RUNA Guayusa, Organic Peppermint”. But that ingredient list is for the Runa Guayusa Peppermint tea, and not this Ginger Citrus Tea.

    This guayusa loose-leaf tea blend is shipped in a foil-lined resealable bag, and it contains both organic orange peel and organic ginger. Both the orange peels and ginger are not powdered, but exist as small chunks and pieces mixed in with the leaves. Because this mixture may have settled during storage and shipping, you should give the bag a thorough shaking to evenly distribute the blend before dipping a spoon into it. The aroma and flavor of the ginger is obvious in this tea, but not too strong, while the presence of the orange peels is also subtle in adding a citrus tangy flavor. Compared to some other ginger tea blends that use powdered ginger, the mild-flavored ginger in this tea is not spicy or peppery hot, and the overall flavor is more mild than most of the other Runa guayusa tea blends. If you are accustomed to drinking strong guayusa or yerba mate teas, this blend may taste a bit mild to you. But I appreciate the subtleties in this blend.

    Both guayusa and yerba mate have about 90 milligrams of caffeine per 8-ounce serving. Compared to the 25-60 milligrams of caffeine per 8-ounce serving of most black teas or green teas and the 100-150 milligrams of caffeine per 8-ounce serving of dripped or French-pressed coffees, guayusa tea definitely provides more stimulant than most black teas and green teas, but it is less potent than some coffee drinks. If you find yourself getting too jittery from drinking coffee, this guayusa tea can help stimulate and pick you up without the caffeine buzz of coffee or that roller-coaster surge-and-crash feeling when you consume too much caffeine too quickly. I still love my French press coffee too, and I like to alternate between coffee and this guayusa tea in the morning. By mid-afternoon on work days, I may switch to drinking green tea if I want to wind down on the caffeine. As a general rule, to prevent caffeine from interfering with your sleep, you should stop drinking caffeinated drinks 5 to 8 hours before bedtime. Everybody metabolizes caffeine differently with varying sensitivities. If you regularly consume caffeinated drinks, you tolerate it more and have less sleep interference from caffeine. If you rarely consume caffeinated drinks, drinking just one cup of green tea late at night may keep you awake in bed. Caffeine also affects men more than women; women tolerate caffeine more and men feel its effects more quickly than women.

    Indigenous hunters referred to guayusa as “night watchman” because its stimulant qualities helped them stay alert and focused during nighttime hunting trips. Like green tea and dark chocolate, guayusa has heart-healthy flavonoids, polyphenols, and saponins. Also like green tea, guayusa…

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  3. 34 of 41 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Exceptional quality, August 1, 2011
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    This is hands down the best quality Guayusa you can buy anywhere today. Rich, fresh, consistent, and not too dry or too dusty.
    The tea has a slight nutty flavor somewhat reminiscent of Darjeeling tea, and is very tasty and grounding. It has quite a bit of caffeine, but compared to coffee it is much gentler on the body.
    The quality of the tea is very consistent between orders – I have received 5 orders in the last 4 months and they all were very similar and consistently excellent.

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