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Bye Bye Latté, Hello Guayusa: Why The Amazon Holds the Secret to a Cleaner, Healthier Caffeine

It’s 4am on the river. The fire crackles beneath an iron cauldron. A boiling brew is scooped into makeshift bowls—hollowed out coconut halves. Frederico leads the others around the hearth as they gently wash their faces with cupfuls of warm liquid. In the still of the night he breaks the silence and begins: “everything in …

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Guayusa

“No. Wait here for a second. I have to get something for Schultes.” Tim rapped on the door until an old woman appeared at a window. Time said something, and both of them glanced toward a short bushy shrub planted in the front garden. Pedro laughed. Tim handed the woman some money and then clipped …

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Ecuador’s “Superleaf” Tea: Could It Replace Your Afternoon Coffee?

By Emma Weissmann, National Geographic For the Kichwa people of the Ecuadorian Amazon, teatime isn’t an afternoon tradition that pairs dainty finger sandwiches with porcelain cups. Instead, it begins at 3 a.m., when members of this indigenous community gather around a fire and brew guayusa, a highly caffeinated drink with twice the antioxidants of green …

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Aquifoliaceae of Neotropics

Habit, vegetative morphology.— Tree, evergreen, 6–30 m tall. 23–50 cm dbh (pour un arbre de 20–25 m). Current year’s branchlets glabrous (parfois poils très courts). Branchlets older than one year smooth or furrowed, reddish, glabrous. Lenticels on current year’s branchlets present. Internodes 0.5–3 cm. Stipules persistent or caducous, linear-triangular, 1–2 mm. Petiole glabrous, smooth surface, …

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