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Guayusa leaf has been brewed for centuries by the indigenous people of Ecuador. Guayusa contains a perfect mix of caffeine, l-theanine, theobromine and 2x the antioxidants of green tea. Unlike coffee or other teas, guayusa leaves contain no tannins meaning the taste is always smooth and never bitter. Guayusa has become an important revenue stream helping to sustain farmers in the Ecuadorian Amazon. The indigenous Kichwa people of the Amazon drink guayusa to help interpret dreams and visions.



Ilex guayusa is a species of tree of the holly genus, native to the Amazon Rainforest. One of three known caffeinated holly trees (related to yerba mate), the leaves of the guayusa tree are dried and brewed like a tea for their stimulative effects. The earliest evidence of human usage is a 1,500-year-old bundle of guayusa leaves found in a medicine man’s tomb in the Bolivian Andes, far beyond the natural range of the plant.

The leaves contain a unique balance of caffeine (1.75-3.5%), theobromine, as well as L-theanine, antioxidants, vitamins and amino acids. Guayusa is known for its smooth taste (due to lack of tannins) and energizing effect without the jitteriness associated with other caffeinated drinks. Makes a great substitute for coffee or tea!

*Note: If you are looking to order this item individually it’s also available with free lettermail shipping (no tracking is provided and the packaging may differ to fit the size requirements).

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3 reviews for Guayusa

  1. Georgia

    What a great, smooth morning brew. Very fast delivery. Great service all round. Thx

  2. Ethan (verified owner)

    Wonderful source for quality plant medicine

  3. Ann (verified owner)

    Botanic Elevation’s Guayusa is the best! Love the aroma and the taste makes a sacred ritual for my early mornings!

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