Get to Know Yaupon Tea

Posted on July 28, 2020 by Anne Milneck

Yaupon is the only caffeinated plant native to North America. It's been harvested, dried and drunk as "tea" by many indigenous peoples for centuries.

A quick segue. In official circles, the word "tea" is only reserved for beverages made from the Camellia Sinensis plant. This plant, depending on the processing technique, creates caffeinated black, dark, pu-ehr, green, white, yellow and oolong teas. Caffeine or not, every other plant creates a Tisane. While technically incorrect, we use the word "tea" for Herbals, Yaupon and Mate. 

Back to Yaupon. Often referred to as North American Mate, Yaupon brews up a lovely, tan-colored elixir with zero tannins. That means it will be smooth with zero bitterness and astringency. The caffeine delivery is smooth as well. This tea is a favorite of store owner Anne. She says, "Unlike an espresso, there is zero lift and crash with Yaupon. I drink it to power through work in the afternoon, and there are no jitters and I fall right to sleep that night."

We source our medium roast Yaupon from women farmers in Texas. They wildcraft their yaupon with true sustainability in mind. So much to feel good about!  Be sure to try our Cold Brew Yaupon.  It's the perfect match for the Flask Tea Jug.


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