Jason Ellis is based in Austin, Texas. 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. He and two friends decided to turn this into a business and bring yaupon into the mainstream, so they founded Lost Pines Yaupon Tea Company.