We'd like to take the time to highlight American-grown teas with our American-Grown Tea Shop. What kinds of American-grown tea are there? Yaupon is North America’s only native caffeinated plant. Learn more about Yaupon. Our brand partners CatSpring Yaupon and Yaupon Brothers are part of a movement to reintroduce people to the benefits of Yaupon tea, which faded into obscurity for 200 years.
We’re also featuring Stash Tea, whose Super Mint has been grown by dedicated farmers in Oregon and Washington for decades.
And finally, learn more about Asheville Tea Company and their regionally-sourced herbs and botanicals from farmers in the Southeast.
By purchasing these American-grown teas, you can support American farming traditions and sustainable agriculture. American-grown teas have a smaller carbon footprint, since they do not need to be transported across the globe. These three Sips by brand partners work with their communities to grow delicious tea and improve conditions for everyone.
AMERICAN-GROWN TEA SHOP
Explore the Sips by American-Grown Tea Shop to shop yaupon, mint, and other teas with American-grown ingredients.
Sisters Abianne and JennaDee founded CatSpring after an historic drought in Texas in 2011. On their family ranch, they watched as Yaupon plants survived conditions that decimated other crops and began to research the history of the plant.The more they learned, the more they wanted to share about this special Texas resource.
CatSpring also works to combat inequities in the criminal justice system through their dignified employment initiative. They work directly with probation officers in rural communities to hire, and they hire women with a history of generational poverty in their packaging facility.
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Yaupon Brothers focuses on job creation through sustainable agriculture. They are focused on Yaupon because, as a native plant, it requires fewer inputs like pesticides, fertilizers, and herbicides. Fewer inputs means less pollution in soil and waterways. And all Yaupon Brothers growing and processing operations are certified organic.
Since Yaupon has been used as an important food, medical, and ceremonial item by indigenous people for thousands, of years, Yaupon Brothers supports the native food rematriation movement and donates five percent of online sales to NATIFS (North American Traditional Indigenous Food Systems) and the Indigenous Food Lab. Yaupon Brothers is also distributed by Sweetgrass Trading, which is wholly-owned by the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, and through Eufaula Indian Community Distributors in the Mvskoke Nation of Oklahoma.
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Stash’s Super Mint contains wild mint grown in the Pacific Northwest. The unique microclimates there make for mint with a higher menthol content, making their tea extra aromatic and flavorful. Until the late 1970s, mint grown in the Pacific Northwest was used primarily for essential oils. As the demand for herbal tea grew, Stash worked with local peppermint farmers to try producing mint for tea, a very different challenge. Stash worked with the farmers to develop the process and continues to work with their original partners to this day.
Their Super Mint is their mintiest tea, a bright, refreshing brew that has a cooling effect.
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ASHEVILLE TEA CO
Asheville Tea Co works with farms in the Southeast to make vibrant, additive-free teas inspired by the terroir of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Their goal is to spearhead the farm-to-teacup movement by partnering with regional farms, supporting both their local economy and sustainability, and 80% of their ingredients are grown in the Southeast. Some of the locally-farmed ingredients they source include mint, lavender, chamomile, and organic rose hips. Taste them in Asheville Tea Co's Chamomile Lavender and Elderflower Mint blends.
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About Sips by: We’re a female-founded and led startup that makes discovering tea fun, personalized, and affordable. The Sips by Box is the only multi-brand, personalized tea subscription box. Each month, we match tea drinkers across the U.S. with delicious teas from over 150 global tea brands that we’re sure they’ll love. Based out of Austin, Texas, we are adept at savoring a hot mug even when it’s seasonally inappropriate.