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.
For centuries, the Kichwa Indigenous people in the Amazon have used Guayusa as a source of natural energy and a way to connect with KI (mother earth) and their community. A ‘pilche’ cup filled with Guayusa tea keeps them sharp for hunting during the day, and vigilant during night watches. Everyday, before sunrise, families wake up and gather around a fire to hold the sacred Guayusa ceremony. They share about their dreams and plan their day as a clay pot brews an infusion of fresh Guayusa leaves. "KI"-chwa legend has it that the KI energy comes through brewed Guayusa to protect them from snakes and other wild animals.
KI is the spiritual energy within all living things. It's the unseen "life force energy" that flows in and through us.