What is Kombucha?
Kombucha is a fermented tea that originated over 2000 years ago. The location of it's birthplace has since been lost, but it's believed to have been connected to China. It consists of green or black tea, organic cane sugar, filtered water and a SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeasts). The cane sugar serves as food for the SCOBY, and in turn, the SCOBY (which sits on the top of the kombucha) provides flavour, allows fermentation and leaves the drink naturally carbonated. Depending on fermentation, kombucha contains a small amount of alcohol and some substances that discourage bacteria - it has a ton of health benefits, which we have listed below.
How is it made?
To make kombucha, tea is steeped in filtered water and sugar is added. Once the SCOBY is added to this mixture, fermentation runs about 14 days. Depending on what flavour we are crafting, our kombucha can contain green or black tea, herbs, fruit, and sometimes even vegetables (cucumber/honeydew melon kombucha...drool).
Kombucha has a fairly wide scope of health benefits, but before you chug a litre, please do your research and seek dependable sources. There is a lot of information out there and over time, that information may become misconstrued. That said, if you were to explore through published scientific papers on Kombucha, you would find showings of the positive effects it has on a variety of diseases. Kombucha has many of the same bacterial acids and enzymes the human body creates and is naturally fermented with living bacteria yeast. It is dense in nutrients that nourish your body and make you feel good. Drinking Kombucha may help relieve fatigue, headaches, indigestion and even a hangover. Keep in mind that kombucha is primarily a food and there are no prescriptions that say 'take two swigs and your headache will be gone.' Like anything, consume in moderation