about kombucha

what is kombucha?

Simply speaking, kombucha is a fermented tea-based soft drink.

so, it's tea?

Yes! We use our Rwandan black tea and our Mao Feng green tea that you know and love for the base. It's then fermented using a SCOBY, leaving a fresh & fizzy drink!

what's a SCOBY?

The SCOBY is what makes a kombucha, a kombucha! It stands for Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast – sounds delicious, we know… The SCOBY’s job is to be fed the brewed tea and sugar, creating a fermentation process that alters the state of the tea into the fizzy final product that is kombucha. It’s not very pretty to look at, but it’s essentially the powerhouse of kombucha production!

what does 'kombucha' mean?

The practice of fermenting tea is a good thousand years old, and legend has it that the drink we’d now recognise as kombucha was first brewed around 220 B.C.! Supposedly, the name comes from a Dr Kombu – a Korean physician who brought the tea to Japan for Emperor Ingyō in the first half of the 1st Century A.D. Fast forward to the early 20th Century, and kombucha as we know it found its way to Europe via Russia, finally hitting its stride in the Western World as tea & sugar rations fizzled out by the 1960s.

what does kombucha taste like?

Zingy, tangy, a little tart and some say vinegary (in a good way!). Kombucha is marmite of the tea world – a distinctive flavour a lot of people think they won’t enjoy. A bad experience with a kombucha could put you off for life. A good one? Well… that’s where we come in. Our kombuchas are blended and brewed to give you a softer zing – think lemonade or ginger ale, rather than a shot of cider vinegar.

is kombucha alcoholic?

First things first – kombucha isn’t going to give you a boozy buzz. It’s classed as a non-alcoholic beverage – making it a great alternative to something like a cider if you’re looking for a booze-free tipple. While it does contain trace alcohol (0.5% ABV), these low levels are produced during the fermentation process – your average hanging fruit contains about the same amount!

Being certain that our kombucha won’t keep fermenting in the can, & therefore creating more alcohol, is one of the main reasons we chose to pasteurise our booch (that and making sure they won’t explode in transit!). Pasteurisation doesn’t negatively impact the taste or quality of the ingredients.

does pasteurising remove all the goodness?

No, it does not take away all of the goodness. Kombucha is made from tea, which naturally contains polyphenols. The fermentation process also creates a wide range of organic acids, including acetic acid, gluconic acid guluronic acid. Pasteurisation will kill off any bacteria in a fermented product though – as it stands all the data on the benefits of bacteria in kombucha are anecdotal or from animal studies. For us, it’s all about the taste; we love kombucha and wanted to make a great tasting kombucha using teapigs real teas and natural ingredients.

...should it look cloudy?

Never fear – nothing wrong with your can! A little cloudiness is natural in a kombucha – just a side effect of the fermentation process and will vary a little from batch to batch.

how much should I drink?

As a fermented drink, everyone will react to kombucha a little differently. We'd recommend starting off with one a day.

does kombucha contain sugar?

Yes, but for an important reason! Sugar essentially feeds the SCOBY and allows the fermentation to occur – without this, there’d be no kombucha! But never fear, a can of kombucha won’t rot your teeth. The average can of fizzy pop will have around 10.6g per 100ml – whereas our kombuchas average at the 3g mark, making it the perfect, natural alternative to satisfy those cravings!

does kombucha contain caffeine?

As we use green and black tea to form the base, there is caffeine in our kombucha, but still around half that of a cup of coffee.

can I drink kombucha while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Kombucha contains low levels of caffeine and is 0.5% ABV – so we’d always recommend chatting with your GP if you have any concerns about drinking it during pregnancy or whilst breastfeeding.

why do you use cans and not bottles?

We’ve used cans because they are more convenient for drinking on-the-go, they are lighter and more sustainable to transport, and they are widely recyclable.

do you brew your own kombucha?

For the actual brewing, we called in the experts, and work with an amazing small family business based in Manchester.