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Great video about the production of Guayusa by Runa

Posted by Linda Elliot on

This is an interesting video that gives an insight into how guayusa is used traditionally in Ecuador.

It also goes into good detail on how Runa have set up an amazing factory that produces Fair Trade, non GMO and organic guayusa tea that we know tastes and feels great - because we drink it everyday ourselves!


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Great video about the production of Guayusa by Runa

Posted by Linda Elliot on

This is an interesting video that gives an insight into how guayusa is used traditionally in Ecuador.

It also goes into good detail on how Runa have set up an amazing factory that produces Fair Trade, non GMO and organic guayusa tea that we know tastes and feels great - because we drink it everyday ourselves!


Read more


L-Theanine - a goddess in the guayusa?

Posted by Linda Elliot on

Guayusa tea leaves in a basket after harvest

We thought we'd continue our series of blogs that look further into the chemical composition of guayusa by focusing next on L-Theanine.

We didn't do Latin at school, but we now know that the 'Theo' in theobromine (a stimulant also found in guayusa) means 'God' so, we think, 'Thea' could mean its feminine equivalent - a goddess.

L-Theanine is found in various plants and fungal species, and was uncovered as a constituent of green tea all the way back in 1949. It is also present in black and white teas to a volume of about 1% of the dried weight.

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L-Theanine - a goddess in the guayusa?

Posted by Linda Elliot on

Guayusa tea leaves in a basket after harvest

We thought we'd continue our series of blogs that look further into the chemical composition of guayusa by focusing next on L-Theanine.

We didn't do Latin at school, but we now know that the 'Theo' in theobromine (a stimulant also found in guayusa) means 'God' so, we think, 'Thea' could mean its feminine equivalent - a goddess.

L-Theanine is found in various plants and fungal species, and was uncovered as a constituent of green tea all the way back in 1949. It is also present in black and white teas to a volume of about 1% of the dried weight.

Read more


Guayusa: Food of the gods

Posted by Linda Elliot on

Guayusa tea drying out at the factory

We thought it would be quite interesting to learn a little more and write about some of the magical properties of guayusa tea.

One of the well known stimulants in guayusa is, of course, caffeine. But there's another kind of stimulant hidden inside this wonder plant, called 'Theobromine'.

Theobromine is commonly found in chocolate, and is scientifically classified as a 'xanthine alkaloid' (which is, interestingly, also what caffeine is classed under).

Theobromine itself works to stimulate the body in a similar way to caffeine - but is less intense. It was first discovered as a compound way back in 1841 by a chemist from Russia called Alexander Voskresensky.

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Guayusa: Food of the gods

Posted by Linda Elliot on

Guayusa tea drying out at the factory

We thought it would be quite interesting to learn a little more and write about some of the magical properties of guayusa tea.

One of the well known stimulants in guayusa is, of course, caffeine. But there's another kind of stimulant hidden inside this wonder plant, called 'Theobromine'.

Theobromine is commonly found in chocolate, and is scientifically classified as a 'xanthine alkaloid' (which is, interestingly, also what caffeine is classed under).

Theobromine itself works to stimulate the body in a similar way to caffeine - but is less intense. It was first discovered as a compound way back in 1841 by a chemist from Russia called Alexander Voskresensky.

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How we make our hand stamped packaging

Posted by Linda Elliot on

petroglyphs from Yumbos Archeological Site, Tulipe-Ecuador

It's coming up to a year since we started out on our project to get some great quality guayusa over to the UK. 

We wanted to explain a bit more about the thought and process behind the packaging design in the hope you find it interesting. We had a lot of fun during this creative procedure - and after lots of trial and error, are really proud of the final result.

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How we make our hand stamped packaging

Posted by Linda Elliot on

petroglyphs from Yumbos Archeological Site, Tulipe-Ecuador

It's coming up to a year since we started out on our project to get some great quality guayusa over to the UK. 

We wanted to explain a bit more about the thought and process behind the packaging design in the hope you find it interesting. We had a lot of fun during this creative procedure - and after lots of trial and error, are really proud of the final result.

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Website soft launch

Posted by Linda Elliot on

Screenshot of the website homepage

Hi there everyone, here is our new website, where hope to raise awareness of guayusa and provide the opportunity to buy high quality specimens of guayusa.

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Website soft launch

Posted by Linda Elliot on

Screenshot of the website homepage

Hi there everyone, here is our new website, where hope to raise awareness of guayusa and provide the opportunity to buy high quality specimens of guayusa.

Read more