Taste Test: Cusa Tea
As temps drop and the nights grow longer, it’s rough crawling out of my snuggly sleeping bag. Luckily, Cusa Tea is there to make the transition into the brisk morning just a bit easier with ready to drink tea in just three seconds, plus boiling water time.
Cusa Tea is a powder that you drop into water—hot or cold—for your instant caffeine fix. The tea goes through a cold steep process, similar to cold brewing, to extract the flavor. Afterwards, the liquid is vacuum dehydrated to create the crystals that form the tea powder. All the tea is sourced from small, organic farms in remote valleys in Asia to ensure the purest and highest quality tea makes it into your hands.
I’m not sure what I think of it. Unlike instant coffee, instant tea doesn’t add much more convenience to my life. Instead, a teabag has been swapped out for a tea packet. Tea is ready in just 3 seconds, but the most time consuming factor is still boiling water.
Using a powder makes it more difficult to control the strength of your tea. A stronger flavor means a higher risk of oversaturating your drink by adding in more powder packets or decreasing the amount of water. The packaging, however, is easier to carry out. No soggy tea bag, just a wrapper.
I don’t think I would go out of my way to buy this. If it was available, I would happily drink some instant tea. It’s also important to note that, I generally don’t consume beverages other than water or electrolyte water when I’m camping or backpacking.
Cusa Tea currently comes in five different flavors, including the classic English breakfast. Each pack contains 10 individual servings of tea. For those who like to mix it up, a variety pack is available.
This was sent to me for review.