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Is guayusa like yerba maté?

Guayusa (Ilex guayusa) is the Upper Amazonian cousin of yerba maté (Ilex paraguariensis), which is from the Atlantic Rainforest. Both are caffeinated rainforest holly trees. Guayusa and yerba mate both contain healthy polyphenols and caffeine to offer sustained energy for consumers.

What does “RUNA” mean?

RUNA is a Kichwa term that translates to “fully alive” or “fully alive human being.” For the Kichwa people it is a term of immense cultural importance. As a company RUNA is committed to sharing the Kichwas rich cultural heritage with the global community.

Is RUNA certified organic?

Yes. 100% of the guayusa we produce is certified organic. We have annual audits and inspections to ensure the farmers we work with follow organic cultivation practices. All of our final products are certified organic.

Is RUNA Fair Trade certified?

Yes. RUNA earned Fair Trade certification from Fair Trade USA in February 2012.

Where does guayusa grow?

Guayusa is grown almost exclusively in the upper Amazon region of Ecuador, where the Andes Mountains meet the Amazon rainforest. This area is known to be one of the most biodiverse regions in the world.

Is there a risk of PAH (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons) in the processing of guayusa?

No. After being picked and washed, our guayusa leaves are dried using a high heat, natural gas-fired oven. They are not roasted or smoked – the roasting and smoking processes are what can lead to the presence of PAH in substances such as yerba maté.

Is guayusa kosher?

Yes.