Stash Tea Guayusa with Chocolate - 18 Tea Bags
Stash Tea Guayusa with Chocolate is naturally energizing, rich and dessert-like. Stash Tea Guayusa with Chocolate is naturally caffeinated and has an awakening effect similar to coffee or yerba mate. For Stash Tea Guayusa with Chocolate, they have combined guayusa with velvety cocoa for a dessert-like tea that's rich and stimulating.
What is guayusa?
Guayusa (gwhy-you-sa) is a rare, naturally caffeinated herbal infusion produced from the leaves of a holly tree native to the Amazon Rainforest of Ecuador. Guayusa has been part of the Amazonian culture for over 2000 years, treasured for its unique balance of caffeine, antioxidants, vitamins, amino acids, and its energizing effect that is similar to that of coffee and yerba mate.
Guayusa is grown on small family farms and hand-picked by local farmers from rich soil under the canopy of the Amazon Rainforest. It serves to not only make a difference in the lives of the Ecuadorians through income generation, but also helps conserve the rainforest.
Guayusa is naturally smooth and never bitter, with a rich and earthy aroma and slightly sweet finish.
Guayusa is naturally caffeinated and has an energizing effect similar to coffee, tea and yerba mate. Unlike coffee or other energy drinks, guayusa provides balanced energy without the jitters or the sudden crash commonly associated with caffeinated drinks. Its catechins provide a slow release of caffeine for awake and sustainable energy. This gentler and more sustainable caffeine release is said to create mental strength and focus rather than a caffeine buzz. It is a distant cousin of yerba mate, but without the strong bitter flavor.
Guayusa is cultivated on small family farms underneath the canopy of the Amazon Rainforest. Guayusa serves to not only make a difference in the lives of Ecuadorians through income generation but also helps conserve the rainforest. Organically grown in the shade, protected from intense sun and rooted in the rich ecosystem of the rainforest, guayusa creates a profitable alternative to slash-and-burn and clear cutting agricultural methods. It can also be grown with other food, fruit, timber and medicinal plants to create biodiverse and ecologically healthy agricultural plots that allow local farmers to thrive and generate a sustainable livelihood for the community.
Culture and Ritual
Guayusa has been part of the Amazonian culture and cultivation for thousands of years. Traditionally, indigenous families of Ecuador wake up at 3 a.m. daily to sit around the communal fire drinking gourds full of Guayusa tea until sunrise. During this time, the village elders teach the youth about ancestral myths, hunting techniques and social values.
Community shamans will also play a traditional bamboo flute (known as kena) and a two-sided weasel-skin drum, and sing soft rhythmic songs during these early morning hours. The shamans interpret dreams from the previous night, and make recommendations to guide the community and help them live in harmony with the rain forest.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Guayusa tea?
Technically Guayusa is not tea. It is produced from the leaves of a caffeinated Amazonian holly tree (Ilex guayusa) and is not related to the tea plant (Camellia sinensis) that produces green and black tea.
Where is Guayusa grown?
Guayusa is grown almost exclusively in the upper Amazonian region of Ecuador. It grows where the Andes Mountains meet the Amazon Rainforest, one of the most biodiverse regions in the world. Guayusa is harvested from trees that grow under the shaded canopy of the rainforest setting, giving local farmers an economic incentive to conserve the rainforest.
Is Guayusa like Yerba Mate?
Guayusa (Ilex guayusa) is the Amazonian cousin of Yerba Mate (Ilex paraguariensis) from the Atlantic Rainforest in and around Argentina. Both are caffeinated rainforest holly trees; however, Yerba Mate has a strong bitter flavor while Guayusa has a smooth taste.
Does Guayusa actually have caffeine or a different stimulant?
Guayusa does have caffeine, but is also composed of other stimulating “methyl xanthine alkaloids,” theophyline, also found in green tea, and theobromine, the stimulant in dark chocolate that provides a soothing feeling. Guayusa is a unique stimulant offering a balanced energy lift.
What is the proper way to brew Guayusa?
Bring fresh, cold water to a rolling boil. Don’t let it boil too long, as it will boil away the flavor releasing oxygen and result in a flat tasting cup of tea. Pour boiling water on leaves and steep for 4-7 minutes, or longer for a darker brew. Use 2 grams of loose leaf Guayusa per 8 oz of water. Guayusa also makes a refreshing iced tea.
About Stash Tea
The Stash Tea Company is a privately-held company headquartered in Tigard, Oregon, a suburb of Portland. Founded in 1972, Stash Tea originally operated out of an old Portland Victorian style house, supplying loose herbal teas and bulk herbs to natural food stores. Starting in 1975, the company broadened its focus to include bagged teas and then began to sell a full line of traditional, specialty blend and herbal teas directly to fine restaurants and through a mail order catalog to consumers.
Today, Stash Tea is one of the largest specialty tea companies in the United States, with products available through foodservice, grocery stores, tea and coffee shops, club stores, mass merchandisers, natural foods stores, mail order and the Internet. Stash Tea is also available in Canada and in several other countries.
The company derives its name from an entertaining aspect of tea folklore. In earlier centuries, tea was a valuable commodity traditionally transported by clipper ship. The ship’s captain often was presented with some of the finest teas for his personal use. This supply was his “stash,” stowed carefully as his “private reserve.” Today, the term is still used to denote anything put away carefully because of its preciousness.
To become the leader in creating and selling high quality specialty teas and products that enhance the tea drinking experience.
To continue the 5000 year old tea tradition. A company for the 21st century and beyond.
- They believe in creating top quality products with 100% natural ingredients that are healthy and great tasting
- They believe in providing superior customer service
- They believe in providing excellent value and competitive prices in the marketplace
- They believe in keeping their products exciting; in delighting their customers and consumers
- They believe in pursuing profitable growth
- They believe in fostering team spirit and building an environment which is a rewarding and enjoyable place to work
- They believe in high ethical standards, integrity and fairness in all their dealings with suppliers, customers, and employees
- They believe in hiring people with a commitment to excellence
- They believe in training their employees and rewarding above average performance
- They believe in work/life balance
Social & Environmental Responsibility
Since their start in 1972, Stash Tea has sought to balance social and environmental responsibility with economic reality. Although a small company, Stash Tea is aware of their responsibility to the environment, both locally and globally, and strives to be a green, responsible, and socially conscious organization.
Tea Garden Selection
They take great pride in carefully selecting the tea gardens from which they purchase their teas. Through the years, they have chosen to do business with tea gardens of the highest quality and that treat their workers honestly and fairly.
They also sell premium organic teas that meet their exacting standards. All of these teas are 100 percent natural and USDA and QAI certified organic.
Renewable Energy & Transportation
At Stash Tea, they are committed to renewable energy and purchase green power through their local electric utility, Portland General Electric.
A 2005 lighting upgrade project in their plant replaced metal halide high-bay fixtures with new energy-wise fluorescent light fixtures and other energy-efficient lights and saving nearly 50,000 kWh annually and improving the quality of lighting for employees.
They also encourage the use of public transportation by paying for half the cost of monthly bus passes for their employees.
Recyclable Paper & Packaging
They reuse and recycle packaging materials, office supplies, printer cartridges, scrap paper and newspaper. In fact, they began using recycled paper for packing material in their shipping department more than 12 years ago when bubble wrap and foam peanuts were still the industry standard.
They also use recycled paper and paper from sustainably managed forests for their packaging and other printing projects.
They always look for a greener option. In an effort to create more sustainable packaging, they have eliminated their package overwrap. Their all-new packaging is 100% recyclable.