Why the Toad?

Houston Toad mural by Louis Masai in downtown Austin, Texas(Have y'all seen this gorgeous Houston toad mural by Louis Masai in downtown Austin at 6th and San Jacinto?)

So, what does the Houston Toad have to do with yaupon?

So what does the Houston toad have to do with tasty, caffeinated yaupon, and why do we have the little guy on our logo? The short answer: We harvest our yaupon in areas where removing yaupon helps the toad! The long answer: In the past, the Houston toad lived all over the central coastal area of Texas, but thanks to development and drought, they are now critically endangered. Most of the remaining Houston toads (only about 2,000-5,000 total!) live in Bastrop county, Texas, in the Lost Pines Forest area. Over time, largely because of human impact on the land, the forest has gotten out of balance and yaupon has formed massive, dense thickets, which are bad for the toad and also a fire hazard for people living in the area. The yaupon thickets crowd out almost all other plants, including baby pine trees and the native grasses the toad calls home.

To help restore the forest and make the land more favorable for the toad, the Lost Pines Habitat Conservation Plan was created. The plan is designed to encourage property owners to create more favorable habitat for the toad and in return they get a wildlife property tax break. We work with property owners and help them clear their yaupon, and everybody truly wins! So bottoms up! It doesn't get much better than knowing the delicious yaupon you're drinking is actually helping the environment and our precious endangered critters AND energizing you at the same time.


Light Roast Yaupon Tea

Dark Roast Yaupon Tea

Yaupon Tea Concentrate

A tantalizing range of complex flavors. Brewed lightly it is smooth and bright with a hint of caramel sweetness. Stronger or longer steepings yield a more bold, nutty and grassy flavor with a silky texture.
Depending on brew strength, the flavor is anywhere from light, caramelly and buttery to intensely rich, complex, nutty and smoky with a velvety texture. Dark roast brewed strong makes a great coffee alternative.
Our yaupon tea concentrates make a half gallon of lightly sweetened iced (or hot) tea. Just add water and stir! Make a pitcher or a single serving at a time. Comes in Basil Lemon, Mint Lemon, Peach, Strawberry, Raspberry and Apple Spice. Made with all real ingredients and no preservatives!