When The Emerald Coast Tea Company started promoting the fact that our wild harvest yaupon tea is made from a plant indigenous to the United States, and that everything about our products is 100% made in the USA, some people quickly turned up their noses or cited that fact as a “shortcoming.”
We at The Emerald Coast Tea Company are proud that our products are 100% made in the USA. We are proud to support the American companies from which we purchase our packaging. We feel it is responsible to contribute to the local economies so that we help to fuel a healthy local economic cycle.
The idea that a tea product is “better” simply because the processed plant leaves are imported from China, Sri Lanka, India, Argentina, Japan, or any other tea exporting nation, is a dedication to short-sightedness and an willful blindness to history.
Yaupon tea was the most popular tea in the United States throughout the 18th and 19th Centuries up to the US Civil War. It was even being exported to Britain, France, and Asia. The port blockades of the US Civil War and the marketing of coffee saw yaupon’s popularity wane.
Today, The Emerald Coast Tea Company – a founding member of the American Yaupon Association – is proud to help reintroduce yaupon to the American people and all the peoples of the world. We are certain that once you try it you will wonder why we even import foreign teas.
So, “Made in the USA”? Abso-freaking-lutely! And we are damn proud of it!