If you’re into the food and beverage scene, you probably have heard of Guyausa — the next big thing right after Mate and Matcha.
This tea is a more than a fad. It’s a real gift from the Ecuadorian rainforest and for Yours Truly it’s love at first sip. And of course, to meet the high standards we have here at BEAUTYCALYPSE, we’re enjoying organic and direct trade guayusa.
There are so many political, cultural, and environmental aspects to this beautiful plant, that we, the consumers, should definitely treasure it and request the top sustainable standards when shopping this power tea.
But what are the benefits of Guayusa tea anyway?
☕️ Guayusa has a smooth and rich flavour unlike most herbal infusions;
☕️ There are no bitter tannins at all, making the beverage easy on the stomach;
☕️ Guayusa delivers a steady (!), balanced coffeine release for an amazing, sustained state of focus and energy (unlike coffee); it also contains more coffeine and tastes smoother than yerba mate;
☕️ For me, enjoying guyausa in the morning, cuts dead any sugar cravings;
☕️ The leaves contain, apart from coffeine, theobromine (antioxidant known from cacao), L-theanine (reduces stress), Niacin (vitamin B3), Vitamin C, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, choline, triterpenes.
Guayusa is quite delicous prepared as a regular tea infusion — and if you buy the largely cut leaves, you can brew them two times, however, on hot summer days this power drink makes for an excellent, invigorating cocktail and mocktail base.
Yields 1 liter or 4 servings 250 ml each:
500 ml water
500 ml sparkling natural water
1 1/2 organic lime
1 ripe, organic pear
Brew a strong guayusa infusion (8 heaping teaspoons) with 500 ml boiling water and let it sit for up to 12 minutes, strain, and let cool.
To serve, fill each of the four glasses or cups with ice cubes, the juice of 1/4 lime, 1-2 thin slices of lime, 1/4 organic pear cut in cubes, pour in the cooled guayusa and fill up with sparkling mineral water.
The Kichwa — one of several Native Ecuadorian peoples and the ones whose cooperatives produce and distribute Guayusa these days — like to party with Guayusaso: a guayusa tea and schnapps cocktail. I also found a way to make it into a refreshing mocktail that’s just as fun.
Yields 4 servings:
16 g Guayusa
1 l water
1 or 2 cinnamon sticks (Ceylon Cinnamon)
Raw cane sugar to taste
Hard liquor (Pisco, Cachaca, Tequila)
Put guayusa leaves and cinnamon sticks into a pot filled with cold water and bring to the boil, then simmer for 10 minutes. Strain and set aside, keeping the tea warm. When it’s time to serve, pour the tea into the bowls and add 2 cl schnapps per serving.
For my mocktail version — that’s free from alcohol and added sugar — simply cut 1 organic orange into cubes and add to the cinnamon-spiced tea 5 minutes prior to serving. Skip adding sugar and liquor 😉 and decorate with orange slices.
A few current favourites.
 CHÉN CHÈ is a great Vietnamese restaurant, but what they specialise in as a tea room are exotic tea varieties. They also run their own bakery. A delight in itself: sipping a rose tea in the shadows of one of their two verdurous inner yards.
Rosenthaler Straße 13, 10119 Berlin.
 With Ylumi and nu3, Berlin is home to two completely different supplement companies. Ylumi focus on TCM-based, adaptogen-enriched supplements (available in powder form or in capsules).
nu3 stand out with 100% organic, vegan, “filler-free” and quite versatile protein shake powders.
 Another highlight from Berlin: Rice Up! fermented carrots as a vegan, organic (and killer yummy!) alternative to smoked salmon. So far spotted only in Bio Company & LPG supermarkets.
 The only non-Berlin highlight in these Food Notes are the artisanal Sacha chocolates, organic, lecithin-free, gluten-free, vegan-friendly, ethically sourced from the Ecuadorian rainforest: Kallari Futuro.
 Finally the “gluten-free folks” can enjoy a fragrant slice of real, handmade sourdough bread! AERA BREAD is more than a bakery, it’s really more like a bread boutique elegantly hidden in an inner yard with a black on black logo.
Fasanenstraße 74, 10719 Berlin.