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Rediscover a lost American resource - yaupon tea. We're homegrown, ecologically sustainable, and focused on the greater good.
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UPDATE: New Stretch Goal of $12,000 for improvements to our packaging, a specialized label printer, and new packaging supplies. We know we need to make some improvements to increase our appeal to retailers!

Cat Spring Tea is making more readily available the only caffeine native to North America while intentionally creating fair wage jobs for marginalized individuals in Texas. 

Our Story

  Cat Spring Tea gives tea lovers the chance to rediscover the forgotten natural resource of yaupon tea, thriving in its natural habitat here in Texas. We sisters grew up watching farmers wrangle their hay pastures away from the vigorous growth of this tenacious plant without any idea of yaupon's benefits. Yaupon's cousin plants, guayusa and yerba mate, are rapidly gaining avid appreciators far removed from their growing regions in South America.

  Now, as we're acting as stewards of both natural and human resources, we're beginning to realize how many people and their abilities are just as overlooked as the much maligned yaupon plant. Our goal is to give both the yaupon and individual Texans struggling with the effects of poverty a second chance. 

Yaupon Tea - plants grown and tea made in Texas by Texans
Yaupon Tea - plants grown and tea made in Texas by Texans

Our Mission & Values

1. Carefully crafted in the USA

2. Ecologically sustainable wild harvested native yaupon and environmentally conscious yaupon tea manufacturing processes and packaging

3. Fair wage employment opportunities that transform the lives of individuals effected by poverty or disability

America's Natural Caffeine Resource

  Why are we Americans still importing caffeine when we have a tasty, readily available, domestic option that's rich in antioxidants? Cat Spring Tea drinkers can enjoy their yaupon tea with confidence, knowing that only sunshine and rainwater touches our trees! Rarely do Americans experience this kind of quality assurance and knowledge of a product's source with other naturally caffeinated drinks.

Worldwide Tea and Yerba Mate Production and Native Yaupon Habitat
Worldwide Tea and Yerba Mate Production and Native Yaupon Habitat
Details about Cat Spring Tea's Yaupon Tea
Details about Cat Spring Tea's Yaupon Tea

Where Your Money Is Going

 Would you please share the Cat Spring Tea story with those you love?  Through your support, we will be able to test the tea for specific antioxidant and theobromine content levels at food and beverage laboratories.  Additionally, our distribution capacity will increase with a centralized food warehouse; making our yaupon tea more quickly available for coast to coast consumption! 

  Any support - sharing our story or backing our project - is greatly appreciated.  Also, feel free to purchase yaupon tea directly (independent from this kickstarter campaign) at www.catspringtea.com

Risks and challenges

We have done our best to mitigate the risks and challenges for this kickstarter project.

After months of research and experimentation, we have been producing and selling yaupon tea since March 2013 to rave reviews and enthusiastic tea lovers (and quite a few formerly coffee-only lovers). Having discovered a wealth of modern research and historical details about yaupon tea, we refined preparation methods before bringing the tea to the marketplace. We regularly hear from Americans who have been searching for yaupon tea.

Both our product and our employment initiatives have been warmly received and strongly encouraged by professionals in a variety of industries. Universities and academic research projects have informed us of the general antioxidant and theobromine benefits of yaupon tea. We desire to further identify and quantify specific antioxidants and caffeine levels so that we may continue to educate Americans of the benefits of yaupon tea.

That said, there are inherent risks as we build a new product category within the world of tea. As few US food labs are familiar with teas, our testing is significantly more expensive than more common food and beverage testing.

Our manufacturing processes are in constant evolution to keep up with increased demand for our teas. After this project is successfully funded, a centrally located food warehouse facility will also allow increased availability of delicious yaupon tea. Regular updates of exciting Cat Spring Tea milestones will be made available to our kickstarter backers.

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    A THANK YOU shout out on our social media feeds. It's a small, rather public, token of our appreciation of your much needed support! The shout out can simply include a first name and last initial, if you prefer. We'll also keep you in the loop on our new blends and exciting company updates.

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    A SAMPLE of both our Green Yaupon Tea & our Black Yaupon Tea in compostable tea bags. Experience our focused energy caffeine boost firsthand. We'll also keep you in the loop on our new blends and exciting company updates.

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    A THANK YOU shout out, a SAMPLE for your enjoyment, and ... a beautiful collectable 16 ounce BPA-free plastic Cat Spring Tea TUMBLER perfect for use with your iced yaupon tea!

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    One LIMITED EDITION TIN of our available first on Kickstarter blend! This yaupon tea blend is brand new and not yet available anywhere else. Get your focused energy boost every morning. Or afternoon. It's up to you and when you want to steep!

    Also includes a THANK YOU shout out and a SAMPLE to share, and a Cat Spring Tea TUMBLER. And we'll keep you in the loop on our new blends and exciting company updates.

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    Pledge US$ 100 or more About US$ 100

    Two LIMITED EDITION TINS: Green Yaupon Tea or our Black Yaupon Tea AND a special available first on Kickstarter blend. We will send your yaupon tea tins as loose leaf or in tea bags, depending on your personal tea preparation preferences. A THANK YOU shout out, a SAMPLE to share, a Cat Spring Tea TUMBLER, and you'll have FIRST ACCESS to our new (super secret) blends!

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    Pledge US$ 250 or more About US$ 250

    Three LIMITED EDITION TINS: Our available first on Kickstarter collection of of 3 tins of yaupon tea! This collection of three yaupon tea blends is brand new and not yet available anywhere else, each blend is a new and unique way to enjoy yaupon tea. Also included is a THANK YOU shout out, a SAMPLE to share, a Cat Spring Tea TUMBLER, and a LIMITED EDITION TIN (your second tin of tea) of either our Green Yaupon Tea or our Black Yaupon Tea either as loose leaf or in tea bags.

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    Pledge US$ 1,000 or more About US$ 1,000

    An elegant, intimate dinner in Cat Spring, Texas with the team. A catered night of great food and good company in our namesake town in the heart of yaupon country. Dinner to be scheduled at a later date.

    Also included is a THANK YOU shout out, a SAMPLE to share, a Cat Spring Tea TUMBLER, a LIMITED EDITION TIN of either our Green Yaupon Tea or our Black Yaupon Tea either as loose leaf or in tea bags, and three LIMITED EDITION TINS - one of each of the brand new yaupon tea blends collection - as soon as it's available!

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Funding period

- (30 days)