Frequently Asked Questions
Is Rasa safe for pregnancy and breastfeeding?
Please excuse the long answer, I like to give both sides so you can make choice that feels best for you & your baby!
The official FDA-sanctioned answer is that there is not enough information about several of the herbs in Rasa to determine safety for either pregnancy or breastfeeding.
HOWEVER, the FDA is simply not as familiar with some of our herbs as Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda—the traditions that these herbs hail from—are. These traditions have investigated these herbs in practical daily life application for hundreds, even thousands of years.
I actually co-created Rasa when I was breastfeeding my first son at 5 months old. I wanted something that would help me cope with the stressors of motherhood, and provide more sustainable energy than coffee could.
The Rasa formula was expertly crafted by an herbalist, & I've since had it run by over a dozen herbalists, Chinese medicine doctors, & Ayurvedic practitioners, all with decades in their fields. They all saw no major contraindications, including pregnancy or breastfeeding.
In fact, the two primary Ayurvedic herbs in our formula, ashwagandha & shatavari, are frequently *prescribed* during pregnancy and to help support healthy lactation.
Here’s a fun & illustrative contradiction, though: the FDA says ashwagandha is NOT safe for pregnancy or breastfeeding, while Ayurveda practitioners will often *prescribe* it during these times! There was a study indicating that ashwagandha can cause abortion...at EXTREMELY high doses in rats. You won’t get even close to that even drinking large quantities of Rasa! At normal therapeutic doses, Ayurveda actually recommends ashwagandha to help prevent miscarriage.
Anecdotally, I nursed my now 4-year old for 2 years while drinking Rasa regularly, drunk it most days during my recent pregnancy, & still drink it while nursing my 1-year old. That babe is probably 30% Rasa. 😄 Both babes are ludicrously healthy!
That said: ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS LISTEN TO YOUR BODY AND YOUR BABY.
For me, I personally felt almost repulsed by Rasa in my first trimester, so I didn’t drink it! From second trimester on, I craved it and drank it plentifully.
If you have a complicated pregnancy, maybe best to wait. If your baby has a very sensitive digestive system, maybe best to wait. If you feel unsure...maybe best to wait!
And if the fact that the FDA has not determined safety is sufficient information for you to make your decision, we wholeheartedly support you in that choice! Rasa will be here with open arms when you're ready. 🤗
I’m giving you all perspectives that I know so you can make the right decision for you, with your own (& your healthcare practitioner's) wisdom.
Please also feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org for detailed information on each blend if required.
Is Rasa safe for children?
This is one of those personal mama-judgment questions! The Rasa formula is a gentle, nourishing blend, designed to be balanced and safe for most people, most of the time. Because these are whole-herbs and not potentized extracts (such as a 10:1 extract), it should be fine for children.
But nothing is a one-size-fits-all! You know your children best. If you choose to share Rasa with your children, keep the dosage small and age appropriate. Sometimes I’ll serve my 3 year old a splash of Rasa with a bunch more almond milk. He loves it! If he’s taking a sip from my cup, he usually only has one or two sips, and that seems totally fine for him.
Can I drink more than 1 cup in a day?
Is Rasa gluten-free?
While we are not Certified Gluten-Free, Rasa contains no grains (like many other coffee alternative products) or gluten-containing ingredients, and is produced in a 100% gluten-free facility.
Is Rasa Kosher?
Each of the herbs we use are individually certified kosher, and Rasa is produced in a kosher facility. However, because of the financial and administrative overhead to obtain certifications, and our teeny company size, we are currently focusing all the bandwidth we have for certifications on Organic certification. We would be HAPPY to send you proof of the individual kosher certifications for each of our 12 herbs if you would like to see them!
Is Rasa organic?
Yes! Rasa is Certified USDA Organic by CCOF.
How much caffeine is in Rasa?
Cacao Rasa has just a teensy bit of caffeine (< 5 mg). Fun fact: the FDA says if a product has 5 mg or less, you can technically call it caffeine free! So there are many cacao products that say caffeine free that aren't quite—so if you are avoiding 100% of caffeine, you will want to stay away from cacao products!
Dirty Rasa has actual coffee & 35 mg of caffeine, about 1/5 a standard cup of coffee. If you brew Dirty Rasa double-strong, an 8 oz cup will have 70 mg of caffeine.
How can Rasa be energizing if there’s no caffeine?
Where can I learn more about the herbs in Rasa?
Will this keep me awake if I drink it at night?
Because many of the herbs in Rasa are adaptogens, they’ll affect everyone a little differently! We get some customers who *only* drink Rasa at night, while others find it too stimulating to drink after dark. We recommend you try it in the daytime first, and then in the afternoon, and then see! We do find that many people say Rasa improves the quality of their sleep (gotta love that ashwagandha!)—we hope it supports you in that way, too!
Where do you source your herbs?
We’re committed to staying 100% organic, continuously improving our sustainability and testing, sourcing directly from traditional growing regions, and promoting quality herbal education.
Our Chinese Herbs come from one of the most respected organic herb suppliers in China. Several of our Chinese herbs come from the largest nature preserve in China, the famed Changbai Mountain, and are highly regulated for both environmental sustainability and purity.
Our Ayurvedic herbs come from small organic farm cooperatives in India. Our chicory is from a family farm & roaster in France (they’ve been roasting chicory since the 1800s!), and our mushrooms are sustainably cultivated in California (we use only chaga mycelium instead of wildcrafted chaga for sustainability reasons.)
All of our herbs are certified organic by CCOF and are tested for heavy metals and other possible contaminants.
How can I brew Rasa in an espresso machine?
Rasa makes GREAT espresso, you’re in for a treat! Just be sure to use only 1 tbsp of Rasa in the portafilter, DO NOT TAMP, and then brew a DOUBLE-double (yep, that’s two double shots!) The herbs in Rasa brew differently than coffee does so it needs this extra little bit of attention! We do find that it can take a time or two to find the exact right process for your tastes and your machine, so if it’s not perfect the first time, please give it another try!
How do I brew Rasa in a Keurig?
Rasa can be brewed in a Keurig using reusable K-cups. Just be sure to use no more than 1 tbsp of Rasa in the cup, and then brew it on the strongest setting. We do find that it can take a time or two to find the exact right process for your tastes and your machine, so if it’s not perfect the first time, please give it another try! We have many happy folks for whom Keurig is their primary way of making Rasa!
Can I brew Rasa a 2nd time?
And be sure to compost the Rasa grounds afterward! Plants love them. 🌿😍
Can I brew Original Rasa in a drip machine/Chemex/pourover?
Unfortunately, we do not recommend these methods for brewing Rasa. The roots and mushrooms in Rasa need some solid time in hot water to extract the good stuff (heh, like most of us 😏), and these methods just don’t do them justice! We want you to get the most benefit possible out of your Rasa!
- French press (10-15 mins)
- Espresso machine
- Keurig (with reusable K-cups)
- Moka pot
- Tea infuser or disposable tea bag (Just be sure to cover the mug while it brews so the water stays as hot as possible!)
Rasa can be rebrewed for better value! Just add another tbsp fresh dry Rasa to the used herbs and brew a longer second time.
Can I cold-brew Rasa?
If you want cold Rasa, that’s easy, just takes a little forethought. You have 3 options: choose your own adventure!
Can I drink more than 1 cup a day?
But of course, always always always listen to your body! Every body is different. If it feels like too much Rasa….it probably is!
We did have the formula run by numerous herbalists, and literally asked the question, “What if people drink 20 cups a day?” The herbalists all felt that the biggest risk was loose stools, because several of the herbs in Rasa are gently detoxifying.
But again: LISTEN TO YOUR BODY! The body knows, and it speaks! 💛
Does it taste like coffee?
Original Rasa is dark, rich, and roasty, earthy, nutty, and slightly bitter. It's robust flavor softens and sweetens dramatically when you add something creamy! It does NOT taste exactly like coffee!
Cacao Rasa tastes sort of like savoring the subtle notes of a dark chocolate bar. One customer said "opening the bag is like getting smacked in the face with a bar of chocolate," so if kinky chocolate face-slaps are your thing, you'll love Cacao Rasa!
Dirty Rasa tastes just like coffee! It's our herbal formula blended with coffee. The coffee we chose is medium roast, smooth, balanced, sweet, & with a chocolatey note. The herbs make the flavor of Dirty Rasa more complex than normal coffee.
What does it taste like?
Original Rasa is dark, rich, & roasty. Some people say it tastes just like coffee, many others think it has a flavor of its own (I tend to agree!) But it stands up to milk like coffee does, and it has a complex flavor. It has a little bitter, like coffee, and an earthiness (it is made with 9 roots, after all!) with a little bit of nuttiness and just a hint of cinnamon.
Like coffee, most people prefer Rasa with something creamy—myself included! It’s also delicious Bulletproof-style, ie blended with healthy fats (we call it the Phatty Rasa :)
Cacao Rasa tastes dark and rich like Rasa, but with a deep cacao flavor from French-roasted criollo cacao beans.
Dirty Rasa has a smooth, balanced, slightly sweet coffee taste. Most people can’t tell that it’s any different than normal coffee, even though it’s packed with herbs that are amazing for you!
It says my package was delivered, but it’s not here. Help!
We ship via FedEx! We have found that it is quite common for them to preemptively mark a package as delivered. And please check your spam folder, if they skip their committed delivery date there will be an update email from them.
Depending on your delivery date, if your delivery is marked as Saturday delivery and your business it closed. It is also common for Fedex to leave packages with your neighbors. Please check in with your neighbors, and wait a couple more delivery days.
However, if your Rasa still does not appear, let us know we are happy to work with you on your replacement order.
How long does shipping take?
We do our shipping in-house, so we can add a little actual love (& occasional goodies and freebies!) to your Rasa shipment. We do our shipping on Monday-Friday each week. So if you order Friday evening, then your order will be shipped on Monday morning.
Depending on the size of your package it could ship 2 - 14 days, depending on where in the US you are.
Do you ship internationally?
If you are an international retailer, please first contact us to work on the best methods to get your retail order to you. We currently ship via Fedex International but do look into all pricing options before we ship.
We cannot guarantee safe delivery on their behalf, but their success rate with international deliveries is very high.
If you have a designated agreement with your own shipping company, we are more than happy to work with your shipper, but do ask for a couple of days before an agreed pickup date.
Do you cover customs charges?
Rasa is not responsible for paying fees or rates charged by customs. Please read our Terms & Conditions Policy Here.
If you refuse to accept your package at customs due to high customs fees, we are not responsible for refunding that order or reshipping the order via another carrier. The package will be abandoned at customs. If you want a refund on your order, you are responsible for paying the customs fee to ship the package back to us. As such, once the package is received back at our warehouse, you will be credited for the cost of your order minus the original shipping charge and minus the customs charge to send the package back to us (if you haven't paid it yet).
Rasa is not responsible for reshipping orders that are refused at customs. If customs refuses a package, sends it back to us, and we receive it back from customs, we can issue you a refund for the order only if we receive the package back and if the contents are in sellable condition.
In the event the package is not returned to us by customs or is lost in transit, we cannot issue you a refund. We are not responsible for paying for the package to be returned to us or for reimbursing the customer for that cost.
International orders/shipments may be subject to the possible opening of packages and inspection of goods by customs officials in the country of delivery.
Rasa is not responsible for orders that are held up at customs, damaged by customs, or refused entrance by customs due to this process.
What is your return policy?
Please read our Terms & Conditions Policy Here
How do I change my order?
Once your package has shipped, we're unable to make changes or cancel the order. We absolve ourselves of the responsibility to replace orders sent to wrong addresses or with items you didn’t mean to order. We will do our best to make those changes if the order hasn’t gone out yet.
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