About Yaupon Brothers

                   Kyle and Bryon    

 WE GROW, PROCESS, AND SELL THE BEST                                    YAUPON ON EARTH!

     Co-founders Bryon and Kyle White reintroduced the Yaupon Holly into commerce in 2012, for the first time in over 100 years. We discovered how delicious and stimulating the Yaupon was when prepared as an herbal tea, but we couldn't buy it anywhere. We decided to fix that, and in 2012 we co-founded Yaupon Asi Tea, which became the first provider of Yaupon. In 2013, we became the first processor, handler, and grower of Yaupon to adhere to the strictest standard in the land: the USDA Organic Certification. By 2014, our Yaupon fields in Volusia County, Florida had grown to fifty acres. Our Yaupon was sold in twenty states, Canada, and the UK, in over 180 retail locations. Yaupon was back, and in a big way! Today, Yaupon is a growing American agribusiness with a bright future, and we've changed our branding and business model to serve you better. Yaupon Brothers maintains partnerships with Florida farmers to cultivate Yaupon, and we grow our shade-grown Yaupon on our 12-acre farm in Volusia County, Florida. 

 

It's an understatement to say that Yaupon has a beautiful and complex history in the United States. Before any Europeans made their way over the pond; before Rome, and even before Babylon and ancient Egypt, Yaupon was being consumed by Florida's indigenous people. In fact, archeological records show that Yaupon has been consumed in Florida for at least 10,000 years. It's also been found thousands of miles outside of its native range, suggesting that it was the subject of a sophisticated trade network. Native Americans went through a lot of trouble to get their daily dose of Yaupon, and the reasons for this are simple. Yaupon is delicious, healthy, and stimulating. It is North America's only native caffeinated plant, and it's packed full of healthy antioxidants. A close relative to the Yerba Mate and Guayusa, Yaupon is America's answer to coffee and tea. Quite possibly the perfect beverage for our culture and time.

 At Yaupon Brothers, we imagine a new industry centered around Yaupon. In which a native and fully sustainable raw material is grown in a natural setting, free from chemicals and in harmony with the environment. With your help, we can make it happen. And we can build a bright future with a new Yaupon industry in America. Give our teas a try, and we're sure you'll be hooked.

Here's to your health!

All our best,

 

Bryon & Kyle White

 

Our Team

Bryon White - CEO

Bryon is the driving force behind procurement and product development at Yaupon. An avid amateur naturalist, Bryon has years of experience in the Yaupon industry. In 2012, Bryon and his brother, Kyle, introduced the first commercial supply of Yaupon Holly Tea into commerce in more than a century. He continues to focus on expanding the Yaupon supply chain, and he's passionate about Florida agriculture and ecosystems. Bryon and Kyle co-founded the American Yaupon Association, which brings Yaupon growers and producers together to establish industry standards and marketing initiatives. Bryon is an active triathlete and open water swimmer, and competes when he "feels like it." Bryon earned a Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies from the University of Central Florida, and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration with distinction from Loyola University New Orleans. He lives in New Smyrna Beach, Florida with his wife, Megan, and their two dogs. He's also a "recovering police officer," but likes Yaupon alot more. 

 

Kyle White - COO

Kyle is the other Yaupon Brother, and co-founded the current iteration of Yaupon Brothers with Bryon. He's a natural connector, and loves interacting with customers and people and in general. Under Kyle's direction, Yaupon Brothers won the 2017 UCF Joust small venture competition, and was named the #1 business venture to emerge from the USA's largest university. Kyle operates the Yaupon Brothers sales office in the Canvs at downtown Orlando, Florida. He also attends the Rosen College of Hospitality Management at UCF. When he's not working, (and we work basically all the time), Kyle can be found swimming competitively. In 2018, he served as the president of the UCF Swim Club, which ranked 15th in the nation!

Mark Steele - CTO, Production Manager

Mark is a co-founder of Yaupon Brothers, and served as Kyle's mentor and role model throughout his years at New Smyrna Beach High School. Mark is a retired USAF fighter pilot and also a retired airline captain. After decades in the air, Mark now serves to keep our feet on the ground with his remarkable technical skills and outside-the-box thinking. When Yaupon Brothers needs a machine to increase production or improve quality, Mark finds it or builds it himself. Aside from an uncanny ability to stay ahead of problems and achieve goals, Mark is passionate about helping others live the dream, too. Yaupon Brothers provides employment to those who need a helping hand, and helping those in need is what Mark is all about! Mark lives in New Smyrna Beach with his wife, Mary.