America’s First Caffeine Drink

As a young kid growing up in New England, Lou Thomann was fascinated with Native American culture. But it was not until when he was 53 years old, while on a family trip to Ossabaw Island in Georgia, that he rediscovered his true passion for the culture. While hiking, a naturalist introduced him to yaupon holly, a tree native to the Southeastern United States. He discovered that yaupon is the only indigenous source of caffeine in North America.

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Yaupon Teahouse was one of the first members of the GGIC.  Congratulations!  

Lou Thomann started the first organic yaupon row crop at Temples Farm in Metter and has expanded to the Florida panhandle. You can also find Yaupon Teahouse products in the Metter Welcome Center.

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