Yaupon (YO-pawn) was once called "the beloved tree" for its revitalizing, healthful and magical qualities. Lost Pines Yaupon wild harvests this native plant 30 miles from our front door in Austin, Texas. Our artisanal curing and roasting methods create flavors ranging from bright, clean, floral and slightly sweet to caramelly, buttery, smoky and nutty. While tasting similar to black or green tea, yaupon also has its own distinctive complex flavor. In addition to providing a delicious and healthy tea, we at Lost Pines Yaupon are devoted to the ethics of local sustainable caffeine. We know you, along with many others, care as well. That's why we started Lost Pines Yaupon. We strive to be the most ethical caffeinated beverage. We welcome all contenders. No, seriously, let's get in a goody-goody contest and save the world!

The buzz about yaupon tea, caffeine and theobromine

Yaupon, like its cousins yerba mate and guayusa, is naturally caffeinated. Yaupon also contains the related stimulant theobromine, the mood elevator familiar to lovers of bittersweet dark chocolate.  The name theobromine originates from Greek and means food of the gods. While yaupon contains less caffeine than coffee or tea, it contains more theobromine. This more balanced ratio gives yaupon its jitter free buzz. Caffeine increases alertness, while theobromine increases focus and feelings of well being. Theobromine is longer lasting and doesn't give you the crash you feel after coffee or tea.

Health facts about yaupon. Antioxidant rich. Anti-inflammatory. Beyond organic. No fertilizers, herbicides or fertilizers

Yaupon is antioxidant rich, comparable to other superfoods such as blueberries and green tea. Theobromine, found in yaupon, has been shown to lower blood pressure and prevent tooth decay. Yaupon is also anti-inflammatory and has shown promise in studies as a preventative of cancer. Our tea is wildcrafted and beyond organic. No pesticides. No herbicides. No fertilizers.  Mother nature grows her yaupon with rain and sunshine.

Reducing pollution. We use biodegradable packaging.

The U.S. is the world's number one consumer of caffeine at 80 billion servings a year. Almost all coffee and tea is shipped from the other side of the planet. Yerba mate is shipped from South America. Over the course of a year, one large cargo container ship produces as much pollution as 50 million cars.  The world's 16 largest container ships equal the pollution of all the world's cars. There's no need to import our caffeine from around the world; yaupon grows right here in the Southern coastal states of the US. And our commitment to a sustainable and environmentally friendly product extends beyond our tea, so choosing the right packaging was a really big deal. So, like yaupon, our bags are made in North America. We don't want to contribute to the world's waste stream, landfills and that nasty island of plastic trash growing in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. We use omnidegradable bags by Tekpak. They are recyclable, compostable and biodegradable in any environment, from backyard compost pile to landfill, unlike any other shelf stable packaging on the market. Our omnidegradable bags are "the only viable solution available today" according to The European Union’s Committee on Sustainable Plastics.

Hugging Trees. Restoring forests instead of deforesting.

In 2011 Bastrop, Texas suffered one of the most damaging wildfires in US history. The Bastrop Complex Fire burned down massive tracts of the Lost Pines Forest. Now the yaupon is growing back faster than the pines and other native plants. This is where we get your yaupon. Harvesting yaupon helps create space for the pines to grow back. Coffee and tea plantations are responsible for massive deforestation and destruction of ecosystems. By enjoying yaupon, you're not supporting the deforestation of ancient forests. You're supporting the restoration of our own ancient local forests.

Saving toads.

Bastrop, Texas is home to the largest breeding population of the first amphibian ever added to the US endangered species list, the Houston Toad.  Together we're helping restore natural plant community balance and enhance habitat by thinning yaupon to reduce underbrush density.  Amphibians are an indicator species, meaning they're one of the first to go when an ecosystem is in danger. But, it's not all about the toad.  If we can save the toad we can save a lot of critters along the way.

Light roasted loose leaf caffeinated and theobromine rich yaupon tea Buy Dark Roasted yaupon tea
Light Roast Yaupon Dark Roast Yaupon
A tantalizing range of complex flavors. Brewed lightly it is 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 substitute.


 Yaupon growing wild in the Lost Pines Forest before it's made into tea  Lost Pines Yaupon founders Jason, Heidi and John Close up of yaupon growing wild in the Lost Pines forest of Bastrop, Texas