History of Yaupon
America's only natural source of caffeine for centuries
Yaupon’s history is traced back to use by native people of the southeast coastal region. Native folks prepared an everyday, vitalizing drink from Yaupon’s leaves and twigs. The tea was also used ceremoniously.
During the Civil War, the Union hoarded coffee. Caffeine deprived Southerners were lucky to have Yaupon on their land as a substitute.
It remained a popular drink into the late 1800s. Going out of fashion during the later years as tea from worldwide flooded the North American shores and could be taxed.
Today, we all know which plant is our true caffeinated love. The time has come again that American tradition of a cold glass of iced tea comes right from our own backyard!