About Us

<aside> ⚡ Rasa is rethinking the way we energize with our highly functional, adaptogenic coffee alternatives that support balanced, sustainable energy with herbs and mushrooms, instead of caffeine.

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A woman-owned Public Benefit Corporation from Boulder, Colorado, Rasa makes it easy to get a functional daily dose of adaptogens by simply upgrading their morning brew. Their coffee alternatives support sustainable, balanced energy with adaptogenic herbs and mushrooms, instead of caffeine, to nourish the nervous system—not tax it.

Rasa is a superfunctional morning brew of adaptogens that clears your mind with calm, jitter-free energy, sharpens your focus, and helps you better handle stress by balancing your neurochemical and emotional stress response. Under the guidance of our Chief Herbalist and co-founder (who has read over 100 peer-reviewed papers in the formulation process), our line has grown to 9 products: Original, Cacao, Dirty, Bold (Energy Tonic), Calm (Chill Tonic), Golden Chai (Recovery Tonic), Super Happy Sunshine (Joy Tonic), Spicy Rose Cacao (Sex Tonic), Well, Well, Wellderberry (Immune Tonic), and our adaptogenic creamer, Crème de la Creamer. Each product has functional doses of adaptogens and mushrooms, ranging from 1,500-10,000 mg per cup.

Meet the Founders

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Lopa van der Mersch Founder and CEO

Lopa van der Mersch is many things: Ayurvedic practitioner. Mother of two. Sustainability advocate. TEDx speaker. Recovering cult member. Her adventures have taken her around the world in search of health, spiritual fulfillment, and deep energy. In 2018, she added a new chapter to her life story: Founder and CEO of Rasa, the adaptogenic coffee alternatives revolutionizing people’s relationship to their energy.

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Ben LeVine Co-Founder and Chief Herbalist

Sitting quietly atop a Colorado mountain peak, Ben LeVine felt a voice from his favorite herb that would define his future: “You were meant to become an herbalist. Just let the plants guide you.” That path has led him to the farthest corners of the Earth and back, driven to unravel the mysteries of the world’s most powerful plants. Now as Co-Founder and Chief Herbalist of Rasa, he’s using those potent herbal secrets to revolutionize your morning energy ritual with the power of adaptogens.

<aside> 🤔 What are adaptogens, anyway?

We’re so glad you asked. Adaptogens are a special class of herbs that help the body adapt to and defend against the toxic effects of stress (hence the name).

Adaptogens work systematically in the body to help balance, restore, and protect. They actually adapt their function according to your body’s specific needs—helping your body find homeostasis within your unique circumstances. They work bi-directionally—meaning they can rev up or slow down the body as needed.

While the term adaptogen was coined 70+ years ago by Russian scientist Nikolai Lazarev, adaptogens have been used for thousands of years in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, Indigenous cultures, and traditional European herbalism.

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The Definitive Guide to Adaptogens We’re so passionate about the power of these herbs, and also fighting misinformation (which abounds!) about adaptogens, we wrote a 28-page guide on the topic. Still have additional questions about these wonderful plants and fungi? Shoot us a note at [email protected], we’d be glad to help.

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