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.
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.
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.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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