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!
is kombucha good for you?
All teas have lots of antioxidants - and since kombucha starts with a simple tea, it does too! Some studies have claimed that the fermentation process can also create a number of probiotics, vitamins & minerals – but for us, a good glass of kombucha is all about flavour rather than function.
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!
...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.