They boil the leaves of the guayusa tree in the gurgling centerpiece, and gently sip its tea-like drink.
“My ancestors are guayusa,” posits Frederico, with a more mystical approach to the genesis theory.
Grown in the jungle by the indigenous Kichwa, guayusa (gwhy-you-sa) is a sacred leaf used in ceremonial rituals.
Whether or not guayusa is a product of selective breeding, the Kichwa have learned to harness its power.
No one knows for certain where guayusa was first grown, but several theories exist about its origin.