Know Your Booche

A few tips to becoming an expert kombuchero and know how to make sure you are buying the real deal when it comes to kombucha.

There are many brands of kombucha currently on the market and there are various varieties to choose from.  If you want kombucha that is brewed by the traditional method, then there are a few things to look for.  Traditional kombucha is brewed with tea that contains caffeine, sugar, water, starter liquid and the culture, commonly known as the SCOBY.  The SCOBY stands for Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast.  Most of the caffeine and sugar are consumed in the fermentation process resulting in a low sugar beverage with probiotic benefits.

Kombucha has all kinds of floaties and these are colonies of bacteria and yeast that are actually good for you. They are part of the natural and healthy fermentation process and sometimes will form a little mother or SCOBY, Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast. This looks like a clear gelatine formation and is tasteless and completely safe to ingest. They may not look appetising but they sure are good for your gut.

How to Identify a Good Kombucha

  1. Always refrigerated
  2. Packed in glass
  3. Contains ‘live cultures’ (floaties)
  4. Has sediment on bottom of bottle (these are naturally occurring cultures)
  5. Effervescent
  6. Is unpasteurized
  7. Does not have long expiry date, the sugar is constantly consumed by the cultures which will eventually run out.  A good period is 6 months.
  8. 100% organic
  9. No Added Sugar
  10. No Stevia
  11. Made by hand and with love


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