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A Must-Try Ice Tea Blend to Serve at Every Summer Event


Now, we’re no slouches but we’re constantly meeting entrepreneurs who put us to shame. Take, for example, Runa cofounder Tyler Gage, who started the gamechanging tea company with Dan MacCombie when they two were still undergrads at Brown. Now based in Brooklyn, the company makes tea blends powered by organic guayusa, a naturally sweet leaf that is native to the Amazon. Runa sources all its tea through fair, sustainable efforts that support over 2,000 producers in Ecuador. And thanks to the guayasa, their blends have more caffeine than your typical black tea, double the antioxidants of green tea, and taste ridiculously good. 

We caught up with the globetrotting Gage in between trips and got his take on the best way to enjoy tea (hint: you might have to hop a plane) and a killer recipe for a heat-beating Arnold Palmer.

You and your cofounder have both spent a lot of time in the Amazon—what is your best tip for anyone visiting the region? 
Wake up before sunrise. Dawn is the most magical time in the jungle - the bird calls and light breaking through the canopy are magical. Also, chew raw garlic and put lime in your water to protect your guts!

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