Native to much of southeastern USA, yaupon holly is a tenacious evergreen that was used by Native Americans for centuries to brew a delicious, antioxidant-rich tea. Texas sisters Abianne Miller and JennaDee Detro are tapping into that tradition with Cat Spring Tea, produced domestically using sustainably-grown, native Texas yaupon. Like maté, yaupon's South American cousin, the tea contains both caffeine and theobromine (a non-jittery stimulant), and has a mild, earthy flavor. Cat Spring Tea is currently available in one green (unroasted) and two black (roasted) blends, each with its own mellow yet complex flavor profile.
Not only is the tea homegrown and sustainably made, the sisters' business has a social angle as well. The Cat Spring Tea operation focuses on the greater good by providing fare wage, second chance employment for people whose lives are affected by poverty, addiction and disability.