As soon as the sun sets, my kitchen is transformed into an iced tea laboratory. Replace beakers and microscopes with pots and infusers. Just consider me the late-night mad tea scientist with a delicate apron. Every night, I steep a pitcher or two so that when I wake there is a refreshing sip "magically" waiting for me.
A few nights ago, I decided to break in a new blend, Organic RUNA Guayusa & Organic Peppermint. According to Runa's incredibly informative website, Guayusa is "a natural, delicious source of energy and nutrition from the Amazon. Brewed like an herbal tea, Guayusa offers clear and focused energy - what the native Kichwa people call 'mental strength and courage.' A caffeinated holly leaf native to Ecuador, guayusa contains an exceptional balance of caffeine, antioxidants, vitamins, and amino acids for your whole body and mind."
After steeping the blend in boiling water for 4 minutes, I removed the infuser to reveal a deep amber color. First sip, the mint was refreshingly pungent and awakened the senses and palate. The Guayusa was smooth and anchors the very bright peppermint notes. A naturally sweet sip, this is a true treat for mint lovers who are looking to sip outside the traditional Camelia Sinensis cup and try a new leaf.
A cup or two into the blend, I felt revitalized and rejuvenated thanks to the kick of caffeine (FYI there are 90mg of caffeine in an 8oz cup of Guayusa, 50mg in black tea, and 120mg in coffee). I recommend that you steep a cup in the early hours for a minty, morning jolt or even early afternoon refresher. Cheers to Runa Guayusa for introducing me to a new leaf and sip.