Deep in the humid shade of the Ecuadorian rainforest, rows of our Amazonian Guayusa grow in strange order amid the chaos of jungle vegetation. An untrained eye might miss this treasure entirely, but an experienced jungle explorer might recognize chacras—traditional forest gardens of the Kichwa people. To maintain the harmony of the natural rainforest—and ensure that the crops being cultivated retain the same qualities they would naturally develop in the wild—native plants and endangered hardwoods are carefully integrated alongside herbs, spice trees, cacao, medicinal plants and coffee trees.
Our Amazonian Guayusa is planted from cuttings which slowly mature under the protection of the forest canopy. When they are ready for cultivation, indigenous families harvest the mature leaves by hand, which are then carefully dried and milled before finally beginning their mythic canoe journey down the Amazon River. What arrives in your cup is as close to the authentic heart of the Amazon rainforest as you can get without making the expedition yourself—which, of course, we suggest you do.
“The clearest way to the Universe is through a forest wilderness.”
– John Muir