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Once Yaupon a Time

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Buckle up, because no sooner than you start telling people how much you’ve been enjoying your Yaupon, someone is going to pipe up and say "Why would you drink that? Don’t you know it makes you vomit?" It is classified as Ilex vomitoria, after all. Depending on your personality you could take the defensive route ("Really? Did you throw up when you tried it? Oh, you never tried it? Thought so"), or the educational route ("As it turns out, this assumption is merely based on an observational mistake") or maybe you’d prefer to just lock eyes with them in perfect silence except for...

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Some Like It Hot Recipe Series - Part 3

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Dark Yaupon When we told you Yaupon is both delicious and versatile, we weren’t exaggerating. To prove it to you, we’re bringing you six recipes that are sure to excite your senses and inspire you to incorporate more wildcrafted ingredients into your caffeinated daily rituals. Our loose-leaf tea is compatible with french presses, tea strainers, coffee makers, and even your reusable Keurig cup (about 1.5tsp per serving). While it’s delicious on its own, it combines nicely with your wild foraged or cultivated plants, as well as with other Surthrival products! The dark roast has the richest flavor of the three, and is...

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Some Like It Hot - Recipe Series Part 2

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Yaupon - Medium Roast  When we told you Yaupon is both delicious and versatile, we weren’t exaggerating. To prove it to you, we’re bringing you six recipes that are sure to excite your senses and inspire you to incorporate more wildcrafted ingredients into your caffeinated daily rituals. Our loose-leaf tea is compatible with french presses, tea strainers, coffee makers, and even your reusable Keurig cup (about 1.5tsp per serving). While it’s delicious on its own, it combines nicely with your wild foraged or cultivated plants, as well as with other Surthrival products! MEDIUM ROAST YAUPON If you've ever enjoyed Yerba Mate—Yaupon's South...

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Some Like It Hot Recipe Series - Part 1

Posted by Eric Nowels on

When we told you Yaupon is both delicious and versatile, we weren’t exaggerating. To prove it to you, we’re bringing you six recipes that are sure to excite your senses and inspire you to incorporate more wildcrafted ingredients into your caffeinated daily rituals. Our loose-leaf tea is compatible with french presses, tea strainers, coffee makers, and even your reusable Keurig cup (about 1.5tsp per serving). While it’s delicious on its own, it combines nicely with your wild foraged or cultivated plants, as well as with other Surthrival products! GREEN YAUPON Green, un-roasted Yaupon has many of the flavors and characteristics of a traditional green...

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Caffeine Comes Home

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All of your caffeine is imported. Just let that “steep” for a minute. Your coffee is imported from countries like Brazil, Colombia, and Indonesia. You’re getting teas from as far away as India and China, matcha from Japan, and Yerba Mate from Argentina and Paraguay. Even synthetic caffeine is imported to the U.S. at a rate of 7 million kilograms per year for use in sodas and energy drinks. This often-essential element of our daily lives is so far-reaching with so many ecological, sociological, and even moral implications we are unable to see from the other side of the coffee...

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