Review: Runa Amazon Guayusa

Overall Rating:

Taste: Taste: 4 of 5 leaves: Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 5 of 5 — this tea is easy to make!:

Abby says:

Temperature: @ 210 (boiling)
Steeped: 4 minutes
Served: Nothing added

Nutty, earthy and a little sweet, Guayusa is a nice change of pace from green and black tea. Though it gives you plenty of energy like black tea, it drinks more like an herbal tea. It is so easy to drink and with no bitterness (even if you forget to take the tea bag out of your mug, like I often do). When I drink traditional guayusa I don’t add anything to it. You are thinking, ‘Yeah, what’s new?” I know, I know. But I just want to stress how much flavor this tea has on its own and how different and unique it is from what most people typically think when they hear the word “tea”. It is different , but wonderfully tasty. Back in March I did a post about several other guayusa teas in my Final Four Edition post. Katie and I also reviewed a couple of guayusa blends (a chocolate and a peach cobbler) in February, so if you are interested in trying different guayusa blends check those out too!

As borrowed from their website http://www.runa.org/, “RUNA means “fully living human being” in the indigenous Kichwa language of the Ecuadorian Amazon. It is a term of immense cultural pride for the Kichwa people, and represents our company’s commitment to sharing the Kichwa’s rich cultural heritage with a global community”. I thought that was pretty cool and of course, I have to give more props to Runa, this tea is USDA certified organic!

Taste: Taste: 4 of 5 leaves: Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 5 of 5 — this tea is easy to make!

Katie says:

Temperature: @ 210 (boiling)
Steeped: 4 minutes
Served: Nothing added

What the heck is Guayusa? I know I found myself asking this question the first time I heard of it. Well, lucky for you I’ve already researched it. Guayusa is a naturally caffeinated herbal tea. It is said to give a balanced energy boost without the shakes or typical caffeine crash. It’s also, like most teas, a good source of antioxidants.

This a a very different tasting tea. It’s got an almost earthy taste and it steeps to an odd greenish-yellow color. Guayusa isn’t for the non-adventerous tea drinker. That being said, if you like to try different and unique teas than this one is for you! It has qualities of both black and green teas with a unique nutty-earthy taste. I do like it on it’s own for a change of pace. I also think Guayusa makes a nice base for bending flavors. As Abby mentioned, we just loved the peach cobbler guayusa that we reviewed a while back. Go ahead, live on the edge & be adventurous, give this one a try!

Taste: Taste: 4 of 5 leaves: Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 5 of 5 — this tea is easy to make!

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