Abianne Miller Falla & JennaDee Detro

Two sisters who grew up deep in the heart of Texas (literally) found a way to turn adversity into an exciting tea business. During the worst of the Texas drought, when their family cattle ranch was thinning the herd and every other plant withered in the heat, JennaDee Detro noticed that the Yaupon trees survived. Piecing together the ancient Native American herbal lore with new research into the benefits of brewing the leaves — like the traditional Camellia sinensis tea plant — inspired the two sisters to combine their talents and develop another family business on their ancestral land.

About Cat Spring Yaupon Tea

Yaupon tea embodies the goodness that the land produces for us. It’s natural. It’s stimulating. It’s delicious. It’s sustainable. It’s recognizing potential. It’s realizing that lives are being restored and transformed. At Cat Spring Tea, we are dedicated to sharing the goodness of yaupon tea.  We are dedicated to creating jobs that change our employees lives for the good.  We are dedicated to bringing the pure American goodness of yaupon tea to you.

When you enjoy a cup of yaupon tea, you’re experiencing the goodness of our community.  It’s a community that’s redefining the experience of tea and returning to core American values. Join with us. Experience the pure American goodness of yaupon tea, from our family to yours.

from the Cat Spring Yaupon Tea Website

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“Texas Tea”: Native North American Yaupon Tea

Podcast #9 is more about the spirit of brewed tea that includes botanicals other than Camellia sinensis. In this case, our guest interviewees grow Yaupon, a North American native* of the holly family similar to Yerbe Mate. The Yaupon plant is the only native species in North America that produces a caffeinated beverage and has a similar taste to the tea brewed from the Camellia leaf.

*Note: while there are Camellia sinensis tea farms in the US producing small artisan teas as well as larger commercial crops, these are not native.