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Wikipedia: Ilex_guayusa | Teaviews: guayusa-tea 
Last Updated: May. 6, 2013 

About Guayusa

Ilex guayusa tree, Photo © Mauricio Caceres Vega, CC BY-SA 4.0.
Guayusa, also sometimes spelled wayusa, is a caffeinated drink made from the Ilex guayusa plant, a type of holly. Yerba maté and yaupon are closely related, produced from a different species of holly. Guayusa is much less well-known than most other caffeinated plants, although more so than yaupon.

Guayusa more closely resembles Yerba mate than any other drinks, although it has its own distinct flavor and characteristics, owing both to differences in processing and innate differences in the plants. Typically, Guayusa is produced by an initial withering (natural air-drying) followed by industrial drying.

Photo by Anna Premo, © Anna Premo, Free Art License.

Traditional vs Modern Production & Consumption

Guayusa has been consumed by indigenous peoples of South America since as early as 500AD, but it is only beginning to be cultivated commercially. One effort for such cultivation is beginning in Ecuador. Guayusa is native to Ecuador and all but a small portion of it occurs there; the native and production range of guayusa extends slightly into a small portion of Columbia and Peru as well.

In some regions of South America, Guayusa is frequently consumed with alcohol.

We classify blends of guayusa with other flavorings under flavored guayusa.

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Traditional Guayusa (Teabags) from Runa

Style: Guayusa – Region: Ecuador
May. 15th, 2015

Very interesting. This herbal tea has a smooth, herbaceous sweetness that reminds me of something I can't quite put my finger on. It's somewhere between chia seeds and, what, goji berries? It's good, though.

It also has undertones of non-bitter black tea, though it contains no tea.

It easily makes a second cup an...

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Pure Guayusa from Stash Tea

Style: Guayusa – Region: Ecuador
Oct. 20th, 2014

Unlike any tea I've had before! This was fantastic. It has a nice somewhat lemony smell and a great flavor. I honestly can't pinpoint what the taste is like, it's unique, somewhat floral and extremely subtle in flavor with a soft sweetness that is barely perceptible. This tea is also super smooth. Extra points from...

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Traditional Guayusa (Teabags) from Runa

Style: Guayusa – Region: Ecuador
Nov. 30th, 2013

This is the first time I've tried plain (unflavored) guayusa. I'm used to drinking black teas and other similar things, so that's what I'm comparing it to. It smells kind of like the woods on a wet day. The flavor is weird - it tastes okay but it has a hint of rotting plant flavor, and that turns me off to it. I added ...

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Traditional Guayusa (Teabags) from Runa

Style: Guayusa – Region: Ecuador
Oct. 6th, 2011

I was very curious to try this. It is more tea-like than Yerba mate...less sweet, I find. Definitely similar to Yerba mate, more so than any other drink, but still fairly distinct. Brews a fairly clear brown cup with a slight greenish tinge.

Aroma is hard to describe...almost perfumey, but in a subdued way. Remi...

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Traditional Guayusa (Teabags)

Brand:Runa
Style:Guayusa
Region:Ecuador
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Teabag
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Brand:Stash Tea
Style:Guayusa
Region:Ecuador
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
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Brand:Runa
Style:Guayusa
Region:Ecuador
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