Yes! There is zero sugar in any Cusa Tea products. They taste great that way, but if you prefer a sweeter taste to your tea, they also taste great with added honey, sugar, stevia or other sweeteners. If you are diabetic, you can absolutely drink Cusa Tea.
We use dehydrated fruit, meaning no fruit juices make it into our teas. After we cold-brew our tea to perfection, we strain out the tea leaves and fruit before the tea undergoes our gentle dehydration process. So the taste of mango remains in the finished product, but there are no pieces of mango or mango juice in it that would have calories or sugar.
Yes. Currently, all of our teas have natural caffeine. They contain 42-79mg of caffeine per 12-14oz serving, depending on the flavor (more for black teas and less for green). Since all teas with green or black tea leaves have caffeine (unless it has been removed through an artificial decaffeination process), our green and black teas do, too. For those who don’t or can’t drink caffeine, don’t despair! We’re working on some caffeine-free herbal teas, too.
Our Oolong tea has 79mg of caffeine per 12-14oz serving, which is the highest caffeine content of all our teas at this time. For comparison, a cup of coffee is between 120-150mL per serving.
Our Mango Green Tea and Peach Green Tea both have 42mg of caffeine per 12-14oz serving. They have the least caffeine at this time.
No, the tea is not certified Kosher at this time. It is something we plan to do in the future.
The green and black tea we use is USDA Certified-Organic. However, some of the Chai spices and the fruit in the Lemon Black, Peach Green and Mango Green teas are not yet organic. Therefore, we can't say that 100% of our teas are organic. We're working on this. All of them are 87% organic or more. The ones that are 100% organic are our English Breakfast, Oolong and Green teas.
Our teas are 100% gluten-free. They contain only organic green or black tea, real fruit and real spices. We have had all of our tea products tested and they came back with zero parts per million for gluten, so drink with confidence!
Of course not! You just have a slightly different taste preference than our average customer. Add less water for stronger tea next time, or more water for weaker tea.
The short answer is yes - our green tea is slightly oxidized. However, this is intentional - oxidation is a common and natural practice part of curing tea leaves, and there is nothing wrong with it. Basically, black tea leaves are fully oxidized and white tea leaves are not at all - they're all from the same type of plant, but the amount of oxidation the leaves undergo will determine the color and taste of the dried leaves and brewed tea.
Our teas contain polyphenols, a type of EGCG, which are antioxidants. Good quality loose leaf tea typically contains about 60mg of polyphenols per serving, but our teas contain 144-456mg per serving, depending on the flavor. That’s because our unique process concentrates the polyphenols in our tea, meaning you get even more of the good stuff.
Our green tea products dissolve completely and quickly in cold water - specifically, that’s Organic Green Tea, Mango Green Tea and Peach Green Tea. If you put them in a cold water bottle and shake, it will take about 45 seconds to dissolve. Our black tea products need a small amount of warm water to dissolve, then you can add cold water and ice to make iced tea.
Yes you can! It has no sugar, calories or carbs and is compliant with both Keto and Paleo diets.
Our tea is not specifically designed to suppress appetite, but caffeine can suppress appetite for some people. Our teas contain natural caffeine. If you are fasting and can drink tea and caffeine during your fast, you'll be just fine drinking our tea. There are no calories, fat, sugars or carbs in them. You can see the full nutrition panel in the images for each product.
You can order bulk packages of Cusa Tea that contain more servings for a discounted price. However, we do not offer a larger container of tea with a scoop. As much as we want to, it’s not possible yet based on our technology. Because we gently dehydrate brewed tea, the resulting tea powder or tea crystals are so starved for moisture that they even pull it out of the air if exposed to humid air. That means a container with a larger amount of tea powder, once opened, will begin pulling moisture out of the air until it’s a hard rock of tea. It won’t be scoopable. Thus, we use single-serve sachets to prevent any exposure to moisture until you’re ready to use the tea. We do offer food service providers, like restaurants, the ability to buy in bulk for times when they need to make a lot of servings at once.
We don’t charge for the tea in our sample packs. We cover that cost so you can try our tea before you buy it. However, we can’t afford to run a freebie program indefinitely without covering some of the costs. It costs a lot to get all those samples to all the people who want to try them. Since we package up the tea and ship it to you so you can try it without ever leaving home, that costs extra for us. So, we cover the cost of the tea and ask our interested potential customers to cover the cost of all that convenience when it comes to shipping and handling. We make no money on this program, but that’s OK because it means that everyone who wants to try our tea can!
Our bulk packs already include discounts, built right into the price. Depending on the bulk size you get, you can save 25%-50% compared with the price of buying the same quantity in multiple boxes. Thus, most of our discounts take too much off the price of our bulk packs. We do offer some promo codes that apply to bulk packs, and it’s usually indicated in the email or coupon we provided with the code. If you’re unsure about a specific code, please email us at email@example.com or give us a call at 720-949-1901 to make sure.
Our retail boxes are made with 100% recycled paper and can be recycled themselves. All of our shipping boxes are made of recyclable corrugated cardboard, meaning you can either reuse them or put them in the recycling bin, and any plastic-looking clear bags you see are actually 100% compostable.
In full transparency, our main obstacle is our tea sachets. We're still looking for a 100% sustainable, preferably compostable material that will stand up to the demands of backpacking, camping and active tea drinkers while preventing even the smallest amount of humidity or moisture to interact with our tea powder. We welcome suggestions on solutions we should consider - please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have one to share!
When we founded Cusa Tea, we had one goal: create an instant tea that doesn’t taste like an instant tea. However, the available technology behind existing instant beverage products damages the quality of teas either through over-brewing with too much heat (it’s called high-heat spray drying) or too aggressive dehydration methodologies requiring extreme cold temperatures (freeze drying). After nine months of new development and trial and error, we discovered our Cold Steep Process. Cold Steep Technology uses room temperature water and pressure to extract all the flavor and maximum goodness from our hand-selected teas. From there, we vacuum dehydrate the cold brew, a much gentler method of dehydration, to concentrate the tea into crystals that instantly dissolve in hot or cold water. The result: a delicious, restorative, enjoyable cup of premium organic tea that can be made in seconds. It’s the next step in the evolution of a thousand-year-old tradition.
Our tea is sourced from Asia. Specifically, from USDA Organic-certified tea fields in China that we select in-person after examining the fields, their practices and their facilities. We personally visit these fields several times a year. Because harvests and quality change from season to season, and because we want to ensure we are always using premium tea (defined as the top 5% quality leaves), we source from various places as needed. Although the source may change, some things never do: tea fields we source from are far from city centers (to avoid unintended contamination by toxins), and every batch of tea we make is tested for toxicity. Furthermore, we are one of the only teas on the market that has been tested for heavy metals, with results showing no metals. You may find more information about that here since we’ve made those results public.