Kombucha is fermented tea. In its simplest form, it’s a blend of tea, water, sugar and a SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast). These ingredients are left to ferment in a warm environment for a period of time leaving you with a delicious, refreshing and nutrient dense soft drink. Low in sugar, kombucha naturally contains acetic acid and antioxidant polyphenols.
According to legend, kombucha was first brewed around 220 BC in China during the Qin Dynasty as a ‘longevity elixir.’ It then worked its way across Asia to parts of Russia and Eastern Europe where it was common as a home brewed soft drink and health tonic until the late 1980’s.
In recent years it’s become a staple beverage in the Western wellness world where it is now brewed as a complex soft drink / alcohol alternative, and also as an innovative cocktail mixer.
HOW TO BREW
Check out below our video on how to brew your own kombucha at home or click below to download our step by step guide to brewing kombucha