You may have noticed a trendy name in the tea market taking over in the last few years. ‘Kombucha” isn’t a new beverage by any means, but it recent years has gained new found popularity amongst the health food lovers, with the drink being sold not only in select grocery stores but at markets and festivals.
So what exactly is Kombucha? Wikipedia defines the beverage as, “a fermented, lightly effervescent, sweetened black or green tea drink commonly consumed for its purported health benefits. Sometimes the beverage is called ‘kombucha tea’ to distinguish it from the culture of bacteria and yeast. Juice, spices, fruit or other flavorings are often added.”. It is often cloudy, commonly pale or dark brown and sometimes green in colour and contains tea, sugar, bacteria and yeast. Yes, you read that correctly, Kombucha contains yeast and the tea is created using a special fermentation process.
Kombucha can be prepared at home or commercially. Kombucha is made by dissolving sugar in non-chlorinated boiling water. Tea leaves are steeped in the hot sugar water and discarded. The sweetened tea is cooled and the SCOBY (yeast) culture is added. It should also be noted that Kombucha also contains alcohol, but less than 1% so it is unlikely to get you drunk.
Full of antioxidants and probiotics many lovers of Kombucha swear by the health benefits of the beverage, while other tea drinkers can’t get over the somewhat, “acquired taste” of the drink. If you haven’t tried this tea for yourself and want to see what all the fuss is about, you can purchase Kombucha at most local organic grocery stores in your area.
Happy tea drinking!