This is an event where you can connect online with the WINAK association of Quichua, the indigenous people of the Ecuadorian Amazon, to learn how to drink guayusa tea, which is rarely seen in Japan, and its cultural background!
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An interpreter will be provided on the day of the event, so please feel free to participate.
It's OK to just listen, and I would be happy if you could actively interact with me.
Guayusa tea will be brewed locally, so we recommend that you purchase guayusa tea at Mamano by the day of the event and have it ready at hand so that you can enjoy it even more.
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What is Guayusa
Guayusa (Ilex guayusa) is a tree native to the Ecuadorian Amazon.
Guayusa is one of the most popular plants in Aboriginal daily life, used to wake up.
Much like coffee, but with some additional benefits.
The indigenous Quichua people drink guayusa leaves to start the day, and drink guayusa tea early in the morning to relieve fatigue from hunting, fishing, and working in the chakra (farm). Guayusa is often used for medicinal purposes.
Mamano has started selling guayusa tea, an important tree leaf that grows with cacao using traditional agroforestry farming methods, as a new product. Together with chocolate, I would be happy if you could be energized by the natural power of the rainforest.
- How to grow guayusa
- production method
- Edible cooking method
- how to drink
If you are interested, please join us!
Mamano Latin America National Team
After studying forestry in Germany, he moved to Ecuador to protect the rainforest and plant trees.
Since 2009, he has been working with cocoa farmers and organizations that help them enter the international market.
In 2012 he completed a master's degree in marketing at the University of Wismar, Germany, with a focus on direct trade with smallholder farmers.
Since then, we have been working in Ecuador with Mamano and smallholder associations to ensure not only the quality of our products, but also their social and environmental sustainability.
Born in Meguro Ward, Tokyo
After working at a venture company, etc., after the Great East Japan Earthquake, mainly in Minamisanriku, he participated in reconstruction product exhibitions and volunteer NPO activities.
2013 Established Mamano Chocolate (Kotaro Co., Ltd.)