If you are someone who is dealing with hormonal imbalance and headaches, this Rasa Coffee Alternative review might be worth your time.
I have been drinking coffee every morning since college. It’s a delicious, warm beverage that helps kick start your day on a positive note!
But I’ve always been sensitive to caffeine, so I could tolerate about a single cup of coffee in the morning and that was it. Any more than that and I would be jittery all day and unable to sleep at night.
I switched to Fizz Sticks after giving birth to my second son, but after I stopped breastfeeding, all of that changed. My endocrine system went completely out of balance and I could no longer tolerate any caffeine at all. Even caffeine from a couple pieces of chocolate would give me headaches, hormonal acne, and an entire host of other symptoms.
So I set out to discover a coffee alternative that wouldn’t cause these side effects. Rasa coffee alternative was the product I discovered, and here’s my review!
Rasa Coffee Alternative
Yes, Rasa Coffee Alternative is vegan, organic, non-GMO, gluten free, sustainable, and free from caffeine! Instead, it’s made from herbs and mushrooms that help reduce stress (rather than add to it, as coffee does).
There are 30 servings in each bag if you use the recommended 1 Tablespoon per serving.
The company was started by a mom who created the drink so that she could have something to drink postpartum that wouldn’t fry her nervous system. Her story is worth the read.
Rasa is made in the United States and ships from Colorado.
The price to purchase a bag is $22 for regular and $38 for Bold. They have other blends as well, ranging from Calm Rasa, Dirty Rasa, Cacao Rasa, and Super Happy Sunshine. They even have an AIP-friendly blend!
Rasa offers a 100% money-back guarantee so if you don’t like the product, you can get your money back.
There are a lot of adaptogenic herbal coffee alternatives out there. Here’s what the deal is.
Adaptogenic herbs have been used for thousands of years to manage different conditions. But we now have studied them scientifically and know that they help to manage stress by “regulating a stable balance in the hypothalamic, pituitary, and adrenal glands”.
The three main adaptogens are Siberian ginseng (eleuthero), Rhodiola, and schisandra (not included in Rasa Original, see more below).
Or skip the ingredients section to read my review.
Rasa Ingredients: What’s in it?
Here are the ingredients for Rasa Original:
Roasted chicory, burdock, & dandelion roots; eleuthero, shatavari, he shou wu, codonopsis, chaga mycelium, ashwagandha, rhodiola, Ceylon cinnamon, reishi extract.
Let’s talk about a few of these!
Chicory root is native to the Mediterranean and primarily used in the production of black coffee and herbal tea. It’s a substitute for coffee or chocolate. Often, companies will use chicory in place of dark chocolate coating (like many granola bars) or mixed with coffee to cut down on caffeine.
But did you know that chicory has a lot of health benefits, like helping to control blood sugar levels, having lots of inulin (fiber), and helping to keep your digestive tract more regular.
Dandelion roots are literally the roots of the common weed! They’re used frequently in herbal detox teas.
They are rich in potassium, iron, and calcium. It is is also a diuretic, which means that it helps the body get rid of extra water.
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Burdock is merely a vegetable, but it has a lot of benefits, namely that it helps your body fight fatigue. It has been shown to increase endurance, increase performance during exercise or sports, and reducing fatigue.
Siberian ginseng is one of the adaptogens that everyone has heard of. It’s known for boosting energy, improving cognitive function, enhancing exercise, and even boosting the immune system to short the length of colds.
Also called Indian ginseng, Ashwagandha another one of the adaptogenic herbs that is known to reduce inflammation, pain, and anxiety. It helps to manage the body’s stress response by normalizing cortisol levels.
Here’s another herb that’s great at helping your body managing stress. This awesome herb is known to increase energy, mental capacity, and physical performance. It’s even known to boost libido and sexual function!
Cinnamon is one of those spices that is used all the time, but did you know that it actually has health benefits? It’s full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that help your body reduce free radicals. Cinnamon has been known to help reduce inflammation and may help reduce cholesterol levels.
Another adaptogen, Reishi is a type of mushroom that was called “the mushroom of immortality”. It boosts the immune system, support the liver’s detoxification process, and help boost mental clarity.
(Rasa Bold does not contain Reishi extract.)
Rasa Bold Also Includes…
…Cordyceps extract, lion’s mane extract, schisandra extract, gynostemma extract, shilajit extract, and chaga mycelium.
Cacao is exactly what you think: the base plant for chocolate! But cacao is made from the same plant but it’s a little different. It’s packed with flavonoids, which can help lower blood pressure and reduce risk of heart disease. Cacao can even help with gut health and reducing the symptoms of IBS.
Another kind of mushroom, cordyceps are thought to help the body by increasing its production of ATP, which is a protein that delivers energy to muscles in the body. It has anti-aging properties, anti-tumor effects, and may even help with managing diabetes.
Lion’s Mane Extract
Lion’s Mane is another mushroom with adaptogenic properties that help with anxiety and also reduce inflammation.
The chemicals in schisandra help speed up liver function and promote liver cell growth. The liver is responsible for detoxifying our bodies.
2 Ways to Make It:
A french press is usually used for making coffee. But you can use it to make your Rasa in the morning too. It’s usually made of glass and has a plunger with a filter. It’s a manual way to make your coffee in the morning.
Here are some directions for how to use a French press.
A moka pot is essentially an Italian, stovetop espresso machine. I was introduced to the moka pot in Italy by one of our AirBnB hosts on our honeymoon, an old surfer named Luciano. (They say that old Italian men and American millennials are the only people in the world who use the moka pot, and they might be right! 😉 )
The Moka Pot method was how I brewed my Rasa. Here are directions for using a Moka Pot.
My Honest Rasa Review
Rasa Coffee Alternative showed up on my Facebook feed as a product I might be interested, and when I read some reviews, I decided that I wanted to try it.
Original Rasa Coffee Alternative
The reviews are overwhelmingly positive. The reviews claim that this herbal coffee helped them mellow out, get off caffeine or coffee, and makes them feel great!
In my own opinion, I think it was alright. The flavor of the original blend was of dandelion roots. It did not taste like coffee at all. It tasted more like a tea blend. If you’re looking for a coffee replacement that will taste more like coffee, this one probably isn’t for you.
Rasa original has about 3,500 mg adaptogenic herbs in it but it’s caffeine free. My body was so out of whack that a lot of days I was drinking two cups of it just to get through the day, so I blew through that first $22 bag pretty quick.
Next, I decided to try Rasa Bold because I knew I needed something that would give me a bigger boost that I was looking for.
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Rasa Bold Coffee Alternative
Rasa bold is definitely more of an actual adaptogenic coffee alternative.
A lot of reviews state that Rasa Bold helped them cut back on their caffeine intake and helped them feel better. Other reviews talk about how they drink this in the afternoon which helps them sleep. They like the slight energy boost without feeling the crash later on.
My own review is similar. For me, this one is my favorite. I’ve purchased it several of times now.
The flavor is far superior to the Original Rasa. It doesn’t taste quite as strongly as dandelion tea and has a stronger, richer flavor more similar to coffee. It’s not too sweet and not too bitter.
Now, don’t think you’re going to order this and that it will exactly taste like coffee… because it doesn’t! But compared to other coffee alternatives, this one tastes the most like coffee. Some reviews compare it to drinking mushroom gravy, but I didn’t get this taste at all.
It’s particularly delicious to drink in the morning with a splash of coconut milk (the full fat kind from the can). I’ve tried it both hot and cold, and I very much prefer it hot.
I also don’t consume food and drink beverages at the same time. (This is an ayurvedic practice that I just found beneficial with my lifestyle.) Although, I’m sure that Rasa would pair well with a variety of breakfast foods!
Many of the negative reviews of Rasa Bold are that they didn’t get any energy from it. Rasa Bold again doesn’t have any caffeine, so don’t expect that jolt of energy you get from coffee. But it does have 9700 mg of adaptogens, so you’re getting more of a kick from this one. It’s a more constant, beneath-the-surface kind of energy that keeps you going, not necessarily the frantic energy that coffee gives you.
In fact, the Rasa bold was so powerful that after I had been drinking it for a couple of weeks, I had to cut back on the amount that I was putting into my Moka pot to brew. The serving size is 1 Tbsp, but I cut back to 1 teaspoon per serving and I was only drinking 1 serving per day.
I really think that boost of adaptogens when I had to go cold turkey from caffeine was the lifesaver I needed to continue to wake up at 3:00am to teach ESL to students in China.
Last, I should mention that they also sent me a trial size of their creamer (pictured here) with my last Rasa coffee alternative order. The creamer was okay, although I prefer coconut milk. (I also do not have a frother, which may have made a difference.)
Rasa Subscription Program
The Rasa website and subscription has been one of the easiest to maintain. You can access your account at any time to update information, skip or cancel your subscription with ease, or switch out products.
They even send you an email a few days before your next month’s products get sent out so that you have time to change anything if you want to order extra or skip that month.
Delivery is super quick and I’ve never had an issue with anything being delayed. I’ve also heard great things about the service. Looking at the reviews on their website, they reply to any questions and have been very helpful.
Conclusion of My Rasa Coffee Alternative Review
Rasa Coffee Alternative is a fantastic choice if you’re looking to go caffeine free.
If you’re still looking for that kick of caffeine but you’re interested in the benefits of all the adaptogenic herbs in Rasa, then I would definitely check out Dirty Rasa.
Rasa Bold adaptogenic coffee alternative was the choice for me. The herbs were powerful and I felt the effects of the adaptogens much greater than the Rasa Original. There are other flavors that I would love to try!
Are you thinking about trying Rasa coffee alternative?
Let me know what you think about it when you try it!