Guayusa versus Yerba Mate
||Naturally caffeinated holly
||Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay
||Grown from cuttings.
||Grown from seeds.
||Leaves are air- or oven-dried.
||Leaves are dried or roasted (sometimes giving them a smoky flavor).
||Steeped or boiled.
Traditionally boiled (as whole leaves) in a communal pot.
Traditionally steeped in a gourd and drunk through a straw with a built-in strainer.
(Stimulant found in chocolate; increases heart rate, decreases blood pressure)
(Stimulant found in tea; increases heart rate, increases blood pressure)
(Found in tea; moderates effects of caffeine)
The site Caffeine Informer
shows guayusa and yerba mate having similar caffeine levels, with both lying between black tea and coffee:
(Milligrams caffeine per eight ounce serving.)
If you follow the links, you'll see that caffeine content is really a wide range, depending on infusion time among other factors - your mileage will vary!
Guayusa has a mild flavor, similar to oolong tea ("Chinese restaurant tea").
It blends well with other herbal and flavored teas, such as mint, vanilla, orange spice, or chai.
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Updated: 2 Mar 2015