What is Domestic Sourcing and Why Does it Matter?

Domestic Sourcing


When producers of your favorite ready to drink teas and coffee drinks purchase their ingredients, they are limited to relying upon a series of certifications that indicate whether the ingredient was produced in an environmental or sustainable manner or adhere to responsible labor practices. This is a good system, but these businesses are often far removed from the supply chain that they are using and vetting. In many cases, they have nothing but a circular graphic to tell the story of the people, plants and processes that go into growing and harvesting the ingredients. One way to gain deeper insight and greater access to the ingredient supply chain is to source domestically. In fact, there are several benefits to sourcing domestically that go beyond fossil fuel reduction and transparency. Here is what we have learned from our work sustainably wild harvesting yaupon from the farms of central Texas.

Sourcing from domestic suppliers also has an impact on:

Job creation: Agriculture and production have become increasingly outsourced, off-shored and automated. Growing businesses that supply a domestic product increases manufacturing and processing jobs in local communities.

Labor rights: Domestic producers are required to legally employ with a minimum wage. International producers are not always held to a wage standard or it is difficult to enforce.

Transparency: In the US, suppliers must comply with Good Manufacturing Practices and must be licensed by the FDA. While the Food Safety Modernization Act has allowed great strides in terms of improving international standards, the participation in this program is currently voluntary.

Environmental Sustainability: Beyond the reduction of fuel used in shipping and transporting, domestic manufacturers are often held to higher standards than developing countries for pollution. Also, there is commonly less packaging used when ingredients are distributed domestically.

Personal connection with suppliers: Quality control is a more direct and transparent process when purchasers are able to visit and develop a personal relationship with suppliers. Developing these relationships also allows a deeper opportunity for feedback, collaboration and community development.

Improved inventory carrying costs: When sourcing from domestic producers there is accessibility to order more frequently and in smaller batches, thus reducing inventory carrying costs.

Tax and tariff burden reduction: When purchasing domestically there is less fee complexity and fewer taxes.

Green Yaupon: A Labor of Love

It's that time again! Our founder, Abianne, shares a video about our Green Yaupon. By the time the Green Yaupon reaches your cup, it is a true labor of love.  Enjoy!

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Cardamon Rose Tea Latte Recipe

We love sharing our favorite yaupon recipes with our customers to add to their wellness routine. This month's recipe was inspired by all things cozy & comforting for fall. Check out our Cardamon rose tea latte recipe & let us know your thoughts! 



  • 1 tsp cardamon pods lightly crushed

  • 2 tablespoons dried rose petals

  • 2 teaspoons Marfa CatSpring Yaupon

  • 2 cups

  • Splash of Nut Milk

  • instruction: steep loose tea with cardamon pods & rose petals for at least 10 minutes, this will infuse your tea with vibrant flavor. pour through a tea strainer (we love this one in our shop!). add a splash of warm nut milk, sprinkle of ground cardamon & rose petals for garnish. take a deep inhale, sip & relax.



Interested in trying this recipe for yourself? 

4 Facts You Never Knew About Yaupon

4 Facts You Never Knew About Yaupon, the Native Plant Growing in Our Backyard.

Yaupon is a fascinating plant and as a country, we know relatively little about this hearty, indigenous wonder. One of the most exciting parts of our job is getting to share all of the interesting information we uncover about Yaupon with our growing audience! Check out the information below and let us know what questions you have regarding the plant, and we will do our best to keep you informed. 

  1. Yaupon has gone by many names - yaupon, yaupon holly, black drink, American tea plant, appalachine, Carolina tea, cassina, Christmas-berry tree, coon berry, and South-Sea tea.

  2. Yaupon is an Ilex – just like it’s better-known South American cousin plants yerba mate (ilex paraguaysis) & Guayusa (ilex guayusa). Available records indicate that 25 species of ilex are used for tea by indigenous groups in South America, North America, and the Sino-Tibetan mountainous area. The caffeine content of these three of the species (vomitoria, paraguariensis, and guayusa) have been confirmed.

  3. The habitat for yaupon holly is varied and includes maritime forests, dunes, forest edges, pine flatwoods, and wet swamps. Yaupon is a large shrub that forms thickets from horizontal roots or rhizomes that spread. In our experience, we can see the desperation in which yaupon grows towards the sun so whether it’s out or up, these hearty plants will find as much sunlight as they can.

  4. As you can see in the map below, Yaupon grows along the gulf coast and up the east coast of the US. Where we are in Texas, the Yaupon grows under pine and live oak trees in clay and sand. We’ll see it along fence lines and it grows through abandoned buildings, anywhere wild or left to return wild.

Productivity & Wellness Routines

These Thriving Entrepreneurs Spill the Tea on Their Wellness & Productivity Secrets


Thrive Global sat down with some of the most brilliant minds in business to get the scoop on their wellness routines, productivity secrets, and inspiration for growth. We were so excited to find that some of the most well known names in philanthropy and business, share a similar secret to what’s behind their source of energy...Tea! Check out the list below and click the links to read the full story.

Richard Branson:

Thrive Global: What gives you energy?

Richard Branson: Keeping really fit, drinking loads of tea and challenging myself every minute of the day.

Michael Kors:

Thrive Global: What gives you energy?

Micheal Kors: My curiosity, nature and iced tea.

(….we feel you MK. Check out our favorite iced tea recipes here!)

Susie Lee:

Thrive Global: What’s your secret life hack?

Susie Lee: Planned-not planned naps, which consists of a good article to read, hot tea, cozy couch, and the freedom to fall asleep for a few minutes.

Lo Bosworth:

Thrive Global: What’s your secret life hack?

Lo Bosworth: Lots of turmeric tea.

(We love turmeric too, Lo! Check out our turmeric Yaupon tonic recipe here.)