At CatSpring Yaupon, we’ve learned that sustainability is about more than the land. It’s about people, too.
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.
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
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thrive Global: What gives you energy?
Richard Branson: Keeping really fit, drinking loads of tea and challenging myself every minute of the day.
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!)
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.
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.)
CatSpring Yaupon is the perfect way to begin your day feeling calm, centered, and focused. The antioxidant boost, caffeine benefits, and polyphenols found in Yaupon help to turn on your brain and create a stable energy boost to keep you feeling centered and motivated throughout the day.
So, to help you start your day off on the right note, we wanted to share our delicious recipe for a Tumeric Yaupon Tonic. We recommend you take a few extra moments this morning to sit outside, sip on some Yaupon & Tumeric, allow your body to absorb the incredible wellness benefits of Yaupon, and set your intentions for a focused & meaningful day.
Recipe: Turmeric Yaupon Tonic
- 2 1/2 cups maples medium roast
- 1/2 inch of turmeric
- 1/2 inch of ginger
- 1 tbls of honey (or sweeten to your liking)
- 1 tbls apple cider vinegar
- 4 mint leaves
- pinch of cinnamon
- dash of fresh black pepper
Instructions: blend all together & sip away the inflammation
Try a turmeric + maples yaupon tonic today. Shop the link below and let us know what you think!
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.
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.
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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