I’ve heard a lot about guayusa, so I was very excited when I saw this at Zhi Tea in Austin! Guayusa is an Ecuadorian drink that packs as the same type of caffeinated kick as coffee, but also has a ton of health benefits like green tea. Like yerba maté, guayusa isn’t a “tea” per se; it’s a tisane.
The taste is very clean, with hints of parsley and pepper and a bit of sweetness. It’s great hot or iced (I had it both ways), and it won’t go bitter if you oversteep it. Sounds like a winner to me!