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Coffee Alternatives That'll Wake You Up (Sans all that caffeine)

Rasa is a wellness tonic/herbal coffee alternative with 3100mg adaptogens per serving. The 12-herb blend is part nutty, part sweet, and will help wake you up without typical caffeine jitters. 

-Natalia Lusinski

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RASA is another adaptogenic coffee alternative that gets its boost from herbs. Some of their bestselling drinks include Bold, a blend of nine adaptogenic herbs, and Original, a rich, roasty blend. If you want to try a few flavors before committing to a full bag, they sell sample packs of their entire collectionas well as bestsellers.

- Abigail Abesamis Demarest

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I’m riding the Rasa wave until I burn my dang tongue off. This stuff—made from chicory, burdock, and dandelion—tastes vaguely of dark butterscotch. It’s not a perfect coffee imitation, but it’s a good adaptogen-packed alternative for people who like a dark, complex blend or want a late-night espresso without the tweaks. I’ll fill up my French press and sip on it all morning long.

-Ali Frances

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Formulated by clinical herbalists and sustainably made, RASA products include herbal adaptogens designed to decrease stress and increase energy without relying on caffeine. In 2021, revenues increased 60% over the previous year and are projected to reach $10 million in 2022.

“Rasa is a seamless expression of my joy in creating a business that uplifts the entire ecosystem that it depends on, from employees to suppliers to customers to investors and beyond,” says van der Mersch.

—Mei Mei Fox, Forbes

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Thoughtfully made with nine adaptogenic herbs and mushrooms such as rhodiola, schisandra, shatavari and cordyceps, along with roasted burdock, chicory and dandelion, this is a potent brew designed to boost energy and focus without jitters.

-Beth Lipton

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One of the standout super-functional coffee alternatives from the brand is Magnificent Mushrooms. It is an extract powder packed with Turkey Tail, Reishi, Cordyceps, Lion’s Made, Tremella and Poria. A serving–or two–each day fortifies immunity, enhances energy levels, and optimizes how we face the world each day. Magnificent Mushrooms is also recommended for those looking to boost vitality and focus. The team at RASA adds, “Oh, and did we mention it’s the most potent on the market?”

—Bianca Salonga, Forbes

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“Among others, Rasa sources the beverage from ashwagandha, reishi, chaga and rhodiola, herbs commonly known for their positive effects on immunity, anti-inflammation and mental health. Van der Mersch believes the adaptogenic drink allows people to wear a 'stress suit,' or what she calls a 'nice padding between me and stress.'”

—Allison Yates, OZY

RS Recommends: Can Mushroom Coffee Replace Your Morning Joe?

“Coffee might dominate our mornings, but it’s not the only way to kickstart your day — or necessarily the best. Some people, tired of jitters, over-dependency, upset stomachs, and a built-up tolerance to caffeine, are now replacing their morning cup of Joe with mushroom coffee. And they might be on to something: the best mushroom coffees could bring attractive benefits including calm, all-day energy and a stronger immune system.”

—Oscar Hartzog, Rolling Stone

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“I‘ve been trying to find more natural alternatives of morning energy instead of the go-to matcha, so I've replaced it with a cup of this adaptogenic herbal coffee replacement. No gluten, caffeine, sugar, or coffee! Perfect remedy to get you going without the disservice to your adrenals.”

—Sierra, for Free & Native

Lopa van der Mersch Founder & CEO of Rasa

“Having integrity really helps me to be productive. If I am proud and fully standing behind all of my decisions in the business, and I am executing in the business in accordance with my values, then I don’t have energy, thought, and money tied up in feeling like I didn’t quite do the right thing. Having a strong compass of values helps me to make decisions faster and choose *which* decisions to make more quickly, as well.”

—Lopa van der Mersch, founder of Rasa

Try These Healthy Alternatives To Coffee And Transform The Way You Energize

"For most people, a pot of morning coffee is a mandatory step of their AM routine that gives them a jolt of energy that gets them through the day ahead. This is not the case for everyone. For others, a mug of java can trigger their nerve systems leaving them with physical jitters, lingering anxiety, insomnia, and even panic attacks."

—Jenn Barthole, EBONY

Quitting Coffee + Some of My Fave Coffee Alaternatives

“Another adaptogenic coffee brand I am obsessed with, that was started by a working mama who needed to get her coffee fix but wanted to do so in the healthiest way possible. They have 7 adaptogens & 2 mushrooms, plus 4 other herbs that are great for detox, lymph health, and digestive support.”

—Jordan Younger, The Balanced Blonde

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“I love consumable gifts because they don’t lead to clutter, they are very fun, and they are a special treat while often serving a purpose (meaning less waste!). Consumable gifts can be fancy or special food items, beauty products, candles, or more. ... RASA offers a health-supportive herbal coffee blend that comes in compostable packaging.”

—Sara Weinreb, Forbes



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