What’s all this talk about ‘kombucha’?

With today’s forever changing trends it’s hard to keep up with the latest hype. Don’t worry – by the end of this post you’ll be a Kombucha expert and it’ll be like you were never out of the loop.

What is Kombucha?

Kombucha is a fermented tea loaded with antioxidants, probiotics and B vitamins. Its origin derives from China, in particular the Qin Dynasty with proven health benefits from the thriving  health conscious communities of the 1970’s.

How is Kombucha made?

The ingredients are simple. It’s tea + water + sugar + a SCOBY. Don’t worry if you don’t know what a SCOBY is – we’d attach a picture if it was aesthetically pleasing. But to keep you satisfied, a SCOBY is a fermenting culture. In other words SCOBY= symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast.

5 SIMPLE STEPS TO MAKE KOMBUCHA:

  1. Steep tea in boiling water with sugar, then cool
  2. Sterilize a container
  3. Add a SCOBY or a fresh, bottle of kombucha with live cultures
  4. Cover and let it sit for 7-30 days
  5. Enjoy

Hold those questions. I hear you.

What are the nutritional benefits?

As mentioned, kombucha is known for being a great source of healthy bacteria which is good for the intestines! It’s loaded with B vitamins and detoxification properties to cleanse the body, boost antioxidant levels  and support a healthy immune system.

What does it taste like?

Some say they’re a fan from the get go, others are hesitant about the sour taste. We all loved it from the beginning. It’s refreshing and you can immediately feel the probiotics working!

Sugar? Wait… I thought I’m supposed to be avoiding that.

Yes, the process of making kombucha requires sugar, but the sugar is needed to feed the SCOBY for the fermentation process. If you’re still uncertain, the kombucha is fed, not sweetened with sugar. Once the ideal fermentation process is complete and the kombucha is ready to drink there are minimal amounts of sugar left.

Does it contain alcohol or caffeine?

If kombucha is left to ferment for an extensive period of time the higher the alcohol content will be. Most kombucha brands that you can buy are alcohol free. If you are interested in making it yourself just be cautious to get the derived result you are after. In regards to caffeine, the fermentation process alters the molecules so it is nowhere near as strong as black tea.

Where can I find kombucha?

No stress here! If you’re not so keen about the idea of handling your own SCOBY, these days you don’t have to make your own – you can find kombucha at many supermarkets, health food stores and cafes.

kombucha-tea

Try experimenting with fruit slices to change up the flavour

Tip: When shopping for kombucha, read the ingredient label and stay away from high sugar flavours.

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