Types of Yaupon

Our founder, Abianne Falla, shares a quick video segment on the differences between our blends of Yaupon. Whether your go-to is a hot cup of black tea in the morning, or an iced green tea to keep you motivated and energized throughout your afternoon, Yaupon can be an amazing compliment to your daily routine. Check out the video below! We hope you enjoy watching Abianne share her love of Yaupon, as much as we do.

5 Reasons to Try CatSpring Yaupon


CatSpring Yaupon is not your average caffeinated drink.

So, what makes CatSpring Yaupon so great? For starters, Yaupon is the only naturally caffeinated indigenous plant in North America, and was brewed for centuries by Native Americans. When the Spanish arrived in North America, they even exported this indigenous plant, but the English didn't want anything to disrupt the power of the tea trade, so they downplayed this native resource. Now, Yaupon is making a comeback.

We partnered up with Mind Body Green to share all of the incredible benefits of CatSpring Yaupon. Check out the overview below or click through to the original article here.

1.It’s local.

Consuming domestically harvested products reduces carbon emissions, promotes local job creation, boosts the local economy, increases transparency in the supply chain, and more.

2. It’s better for the environment.

Coffee and tea production, as an industry, is notorious for environmental degradation. Effects such as rainforest clearing, biodiversity loss, soil damage, and pollution due to the ubiquitous use of fertilizers and pesticides can make these imports an ethically complex purchase. Further, the energy and water required to make a cup of coffee available is extreme.One study conducted by Dutch researchers found that a single cup of coffee requires 140 liters of water to grow, process, and make at home. Yaupon, on the other hand, grows abundantly in a natural state in the southeastern U.S. and can be sustainably wild harvested without the use of detrimental growing, harvesting, or labor practices.


3. It has the same benefits as other caffeinated wellness drinks.

Did you know that there's a caffeinated plant native to North America? Previously viewed as a weed by farmers, yaupon holly is a widespread plant that can be dried and turned into a healthy and delicious tea. Yaupon is almost equal to yerba mate in caffeine and antioxidant content (a cup of brewed yerba mate contains about half the amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee). Choosing yaupon tea over imported teas can give you the same benefits without the stress caused by the complexities of a lengthy and detached supply chain.

4. It has polyphenols.

Like coffee and tea, yaupon is rich in polyphenols. According to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, there is a strong case for polyphenols in the prevention of degenerative diseases, particularly cardiovascular diseases and cancers. Further, a 2011 study published in Filoterapia has demonstrated the specific polyphenols found in yaupon tea to have anti-inflammatory and chemopreventive effects.

5. Its antioxidants are stable.

One study demonstrated that the antioxidant levels of yaupon tea are not affected by a change in packaging or storage. In comparison, some antioxidants found in green tea have the possibility of being diminished when packaged in a certain way.

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This year, we dreamed big for the holidays and couldn't be more excited to announce our Holiday gift bundles! Shopping can be tedious & time consuming, so we wanted to help you out a little. We gathered our favorite ethically sourced products & worked with local makers to create a unique gift for someone in your life this holiday season....or let's be honest, a gift for yourself, because you deserve it!

In the next few weeks we'll breakdown what's inside each bundle, feature makers & there just might be a giveaway - so stay tuned! Pre-orders open today and the first batch of bundles will ship out November 18th.


IN THE NEWS: Entrepreneur Magazine & NPR Business Review

A lot is happening around here: re-branding, new packaging (coming soon!) & business chats with a few of our favorites. To say we are humbled, is an understatement. Each step of this journey is incredible and we don't take a single venture for granted. 

First up, we sat down with Entrepreneur Magazine to discuss the mindset behind our name & how it's best to keep things simple. If you're a fellow small business owner -- they developed two great "rules to live by" tips that you shouldn't miss! 

Over on the Livingston + McKay Business Review for NPR, we shared how to keep your eyes open for opportunities hiding in plain sight. This 2 min feature is the perfect addition to your afternoon coffee break. 

We might be slower to share on our blog, but we're quick to overshare on Instagram:


The team over at Odd Duck have dreamed up some delicious concoctions with CatSpring Yaupon. As their menu changes seasonally, so do their craft cocktails & thirst for creative new ways to use everyone’s favorite native caffeinated leaf. Recently they’ve whipped up a homemade kombucha that would make any fermentation fan’s heart flutter.

Another favorite of the CatSpring team is their version of a frozen Long Island Iced Tea. And with the current 100+ weather in Austin - we'll take two please!

The best pairing though, in our humble opinions, is the Odd Duck burger, plus good ol’ Austin sunshine and a tall glass of CatSpring Iced Yaupon - it just doesn't get much better. Every ingredient at this Austin establishment is carefully curated & locally sourced; needless to say, we're honored to be on the menu!


It's getting hot out there, friends. Austinites know the best way to cool off is a great cocktail, so we decided to team up with a few of our favorite restaurants in town to bring the people what they want — the #CATSPRINGCOCKTAILCRAWL.

But wait, there's more. When you raise a glass on Instagram & include: a photo of the cocktail + #catspringcocktailcrawl + tag the restaurant & @catspringtea --- you'll be entered to win our GRAND PRIZE. 

What's in the GRAND PRIZE you ask? Well,

  • $25 gift card to all participating restaurants
  • A pair of OH! Fox Creative ceramic vessels - meant for a modern wine glass or morning coffee.  
  • Basket of CATSPRING Yaupon goodies
  • 25% discount on all CATSPRING Yaupon products ordered through 2016.

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Ask for a map at any of the participating restaurant, and you'll be on your way towards a cool & refreshing end of June. Cheers!


First and foremost, we'd like to thank yaupon, for doing it's thing & growing wild. We wouldn't be where we are today without you, lil' holly.

When the leading Southern lifestyle magazine named us the BEST TEA, there are no better words to explain our gratitude and jubilation than, well, we're sure happier than a pig in mud.

On behalf of the entire CatSpring Yaupon family, we want to say a big ol' thank you to Southern Living. We're raisin' glasses of iced yaupon tea to y'all.


One morning, we woke up unable to choose between a beloved cup of CatSpring Yaupon & an equally nutritious smoothie.  If you’ve ever been in the same situation, we know your struggle. It’s a real one. Well, fret not - because on that same morning, inspiration struck & we created the CatSpring Yaupon Smoothie. Now you can have your fruit & theobromine energy, too.

  • 1 cup CatSpring Yaupon Tea // we steeped up It's Not Easy Being Green
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1.5 cups frozen fruit // our choice: Mango, Cherries & Pomegranate
  • 6 mint leaves
  • Add ice to thicken

*makes two servings


CatSpring Spotlight: The Hotel Emma

Maybe it’s the masses of SXSW visitors in Austin or the snapchats from friends enjoying spring break beaches, but we’re craving a getaway of our own. So if the wanderlust vibes are distracting you from 9 to 5, then we know exactly what you need: a weekend at the Hotel Emma in San Antonio, TX.

The Hotel Emma is the new embodiment of the restored Pearl Brewery. As you pass through the threshold you are captivated by the modern space that’s an ode to the slower days of years past. Lush leather couches & vintage-inspired tiles calls you inside to relax, rejuvenate & reinvigorate your senses.

In today’s society we are called to be “on” all the time. You deserve some “you” time. You work hard for this time to yourself - so enjoy it. We are all about curating moments for yourself, whether that’s at home on the couch or enjoying the luxurious beds at a fancy “new” hotel.

At the Hotel Emma, the beauty is truly in each curated detail. Which is why Cat Spring Tea has been honored to be selected as the official tea of this beautiful establishment. It’s truly a match made in heaven -- yaupon, the formerly forgotten caffeinated leaf of Texas -- celebrated at a vibrant new hotel at a restored San Antonio institution. Cheers to revitalization for everyone!

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Cheers to National Hot Tea Month

Cat Spring Tea curates moments where you can be yourself, reconnect with what it means to be a human being and suspend yourself outside the busyness of life. At Cat Spring Tea, we cultivate and roast farm-fresh yaupon; preparing a drink that’s refreshing, all-natural and delicious. It’s sunshine and rainwater in a glass.

Enjoy the smooth and refreshing taste of the only caffeinated plant native to North America. Drink in the heritage and legacy of the storied yaupon and enjoy its ability to support, sustain and satisfy over centuries. Aren't we all frazzled and pulled in every direction? A moment with yaupon tea is a reminder that we're connected, that we're returning to our roots. Cat Spring Tea is pure American goodness in a cup.

We are returning to the true American values of sustainable farming and good stewardship of the land. Because tea is more than just a leaf, it’s the community behind the cup. It’s a community that’s redefining the experience of tea and returning to core American values. Cat Spring Tea makes yaupon tea that allows people to reconnect with themselves, their values, the part they want to play in the world, and the people around them.

Join us. Experience the pure American goodness of yaupon tea, from our family to yours.