Guayusa is an Amazonian holly (Ilex guayusa) which contains caffeine - its dried leaves have been used to make a revered tea for hundreds, if not thousands, of years.
Guayusa comes from the same family of rainforest holly trees as yerba mate, the popular caffeinated tea that is drunk all over South America.
Yerba mate grows in the Atlantic rainforest whereas guayusa thrives in the Amazon rainforest. Grown primarily in Ecuador, it has been an important part of tribal life for centuries.
Please note that it is not possible to market guayusa as a food item due to the current Novel Food regulations affecting the EU and UK. We offer for sale on this site dried and milled guayusa leaves from the Ecuadorian Amazon for study or display only in unbranded packs.
We are working to gain Novel Food approval so we can market this product as a tea in the future.
You can learn more about Novel Foods here.
A regular sized cup of tea made with 2g of guayusa would give around 38mg of caffeine where a normal cup of coffee might be more in the region of 90mg.