Guayusa Bärbucha Kombucha
Aktualisiert: Feb 10
Our energy powerhouse - Guayusa Bärbucha is, like the name suggests made with the leaves of Guayusa plant (Ilex guayusa) which is a small tree that grows in the Ecuadorian rain forest, and whose leaves are rich in naturally-occurring caffeine. Guayusa contains less caffeine per cup than coffee, but more caffeine per cup than green tea or Yerba Mate.
Guayusa possesses a mild flavor, and a pleasant aroma.
The flavor is similar to Yerba Mate, but with a more plush, fruity flavor and a complete lack of bitterness. Taste wise it is more similar to green tea, but the flavor is less bitter (tannic) and the texture is more creamy
Here's a photo how it looks like: (1*)
Guayusa is unusual because on the one hand, it contains caffeine, and so is useful in helping to maintain wakefulness. But on the other hand, it also contains an ample supply of L-theanine, an amino acid that imparts a feeling of pleasant tranquility. The combination of the two creates a light & smooth stimulation. So basically in Guayusa you have a stimulant without ragged edges.(2*)
Besides caffeine & L-theanine, Guayusa also contains a range of beneficial flavonoids, polyphenols & saponins and twice the antioxidant levels of green tea.
To find out more, please check out DrinkGuya's website.
So in other words, our Guayusa Bärbucha Kombucha is a tasty energy stimulating Booch with benefits! And since Kombucha is already a drink that stimulates energy, this particular combination is a double whammy. Especially that after the fermentation its flavor is slightly reminiscent of peaches & apricots.
As usual we make this Bärbucha Kombucha just with 100% Guayusa (so no tea), sourced from Ecuador & provided to us by DrinkGuya (3*), a Berlin start up company.
It's exactly the same as with our other Kombucha, just 4 ingredients: unrefined sugar, filtered water, Kombucha culture & Guayusa in this particular case.
Because of the higher Caffeine amount in Guayusa, our Scobies naturally love it, too. They always come out perfect in this brew. With extra froth!
Guayusa always ferments without any problems. When it's done, it's time for the retail bottles.
And when all is set & done, we end up with beauties like this:
As a tea, Guayusa is not that impressive for us. As Kombucha it rocks, as the fermentation brings out so many fruity notes that we can't even believe!
Ingredients: Filtered & Revitalized Water, Live Kombucha Cultures, Unrefined Brown Sugar & Guayusa
(3*) & (4*) https://www.drinkguya.com/?lang=en