When Rasa founder Lopa van der Mersch had her first newborn in 2015, she knew she needed something more than coffee to get her through those sleep-deprived early days of motherhood.
She went in search of a natural coffee alternative and came up empty. There was nothing on the market that checked all three important boxes: caffeine-free, nourishing, and tasty.
So she teamed up with an herbalist friend that helped her create a fully organic, sustainable product that helped her stay awake without the tummy troubles of drinking too much coffee.
After the original Rasa blend, she grew her product lineup to include small amounts of caffeine alongside the coffee-free original. The Energy Alchemist Trio includes the best blends: a coffee-based Dirty Rasa and chocolatey Cacao Rasa alongside the Original. This way, you can mix and match to create a blend that energizes you just the way you need it. Become your own health alchemist and see what works best for you!
- Roasted chicory, burdock, & dandelion roots; eleuthero, shatavari, he shou wu, codonopsis, chaga mycelium, ashwagandha, rhodiola, Ceylon cinnamon, reishi extract
- Fair-trade coffee; roasted chicory, burdock, & dandelion roots; eleuthero, shatavari, he shou wu, codonopsis, chaga mycelium, ashwagandha, rhodiola, Ceylon cinnamon, reishi extract
- Fair-trade Ecuadorian criollo cacao; roasted chicory, burdock, & dandelion roots; eleuthero, shatavari, he shou wu, codonopsis, chaga mycelium, ashwagandha, rhodiola, Ceylon cinnamon, reishi extract
For a single serving, add one tablespoon of your favorite Rasa product (or mix up your favorites) to a French press. Add eight ounces of boiling water. Let it brew for 10-20 minutes, then press down and pour into a mug.
You can also double or triple the amount you’re brewing to serve a crowd.
While the Original Rasa blend contains zero caffeine, keep in mind that the Cacao Rasa contains about 5mg of caffeine, while the Dirty Rasa contains 35mg. This is still much less caffeine than a regular cup of coffee.
Adaptogens are considered safe for most healthy people. Be sure to check in with your doctor if you’re pregnant, breastfeeding, or taking medication to get cleared of any potential drug interactions.
Caffeine has a big effect on your adrenal glands. Drinking coffee stimulates your adrenals to produce fight-or-flight chemicals known as catecholamines, which gives you the uplifting feeling of energy. However, it’s basically putting your body through stress in order to achieve this hormone activation.
Caffeine also releases the stress hormone cortisol. Over time, your body naturally builds up a resistance to this process, so you need more and more in order to get the same effect.
When your body needs a reset, adaptogens are a great place to start. Adaptogens are herbs, like the ones in all the Rasa products, that balance your hormones to help your body better cope with stress, rather than create stressful situations, like coffee.
Each adaptogen in the Rasa products work to nourish your hormone health in a different way. For example, Rhodiola helps to calm stress and fight adrenal fatigue, while animal studies find that ashwagandha nourishes your thyroid, improves memory, and evens out mood swings.
All three products in the Energy Alchemist Trio contain the same blend of adaptogenic herbs, while the Cacao Rasa includes cacao beans and the Dirty Rasa is made with an organic, fair-trade coffee base. The Dirty Rasa only contains about a fifth of a regular cup of coffee, so you can still get your caffeine without overdoing it.
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