Lost Pines Yaupon was founded in 2015 in Austin, Texas by three good friends Jason Ellis, Heidi Wachter and John Seibold. Years ago Jason went down an internet rabbit hole about a fascinating little plant, the yaupon holly. He learned about the long history of Native Americans roasting the yaupon leaves and using it as an energizing drink. Jason spent years experimenting with different methods of harvesting, curing and roasting yaupon until he came up with the methods we’re using today to make what we consider the best yaupon tea around. Heidi and John tried the tea and were hooked.
The three of us decided to turn this into a business and bring yaupon into the mainstream. Making yaupon tea is truly an art form that changes with the seasons. We’re constantly evolving our process to find ways to improve our craft.
We love the natural world. We’re socially and environmentally conscious and knew the only way to start a business was if it was one we could be proud of. We strive to bring our customers the most environmentally friendly caffeinated beverage around. If you have ideas for how we can improve our company, we want to hear them.