WHAT iS KOMBUCHA?
Go on then...what on earth is this stuff?
So, what's kombucha?
Go on then…what on earth is this stuff?
Kombucha isn’t a new trend, in fact it’s been around longer than you’d imagine. Coming all the way from China over 2,000 years ago, kombucha has come a long way, especially in recent years – gaining more popularity as more people discover its amazing health benefits. Kombucha is highly praised for its probiotics that come from the fermentation process; similar to the likes of Sourdough, Sauerkraut, Kimchi, Miso, and Tempeh. But we still get a lot of questions about our so-called ‘miracle drink’. Like what is kombucha? What is kombucha made of? What does kombucha taste like? Hopefully we can answer them all here.
- What is Kombucha?
- What is Kombucha made of?
- What does Kombucha do?
- What does Kombucha taste like?
- Is Kombucha safe?
- Is Kombucha healthy?
What is Kombucha?
Kombucha is an amazing fermented soft drink made with tea, sugar and yeast, which is best known for its distinct flavour, probiotic compounds and potential health benefits – ranging from aiding digestion to ridding the body of toxins.
We like to craft brew the good old fashioned way – we stick to the traditional Eastern recipe, fermenting our organic antioxidant-rich green tea, raw cane sugar and live bacteria and yeast cultures over a number of weeks, which creates our delicious Kombucha, bursting with goodness and flavour.
You might have heard that this fermentation process creates a small amount of alcohol, and you’ve heard right. It creates a trace amount, but it’s such a low volume you won’t be getting drunk any time soon.
What is Kombucha made of?
Kombucha is a fermented drink made from tea, sugar and living SCOBY. These ingredients are brewed together and left to ferment for around a month, leaving it to produce lots of healthy probiotics, antioxidants, amino acids and more. The end result? A delicious, naturally fizzy drink, full of the good stuff.
Equinox Organic Kombucha is made from Chun Mee Green Tea, raw cane sugar and a live culture called a ‘SCOBY’ or a Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast – if you’re a fan of science stuff. But Kombucha can also be made using other types of tea, such as black tea, chamomile or oolong.
We always use certified organic ingredients and keep our Kombucha raw and unpasteurised – so that we keep in all of the gut friendly bacteria. We never use anything artificial because we don’t like our drinks to contain any nasties!
What does Kombucha do?
If you’re wondering what does kombucha do, you’ll be happy to hear that Kombucha has a well-deserved reputation for working wonders on the mind and body – probably why it’s also known as the ‘Tea of Immortality’. And while we can’t guarantee immortality, we can tell you it’ll leave you feeling wonderfully revitalised, think of it as a healthy little pick-me-up.
Kombucha is perfect if you want to add probiotics to your diet. It can help to boost your digestive health, immunity and your nutrient absorption by increasing the biodiversity in your microbiome. The greater your gut biodiversity, the better your health, or you could say the more good stuff you put into your body the more you get out of life. Healthy body, healthy mind, healthy booch.
What does Kombucha taste like?
There are still loads of folks that haven’t tried kombucha that always ask ‘What does kombucha taste like?’ And we always say the best way to find out is to try it, because it’s pretty tricky to describe! But we’ll give it a go – Equinox Kombucha has a very distinctive taste – fizzy, fragrant, fruity and unbelievably delicious, it’s very different from other soft drinks and it’s amazing as a mixer, it’s the ultimate taste experience!
Is Kombucha safe?
It’s only natural to be cautious when it comes to consuming a living drink – but, rest assured, Kombucha is perfectly safe to drink and, in fact, a healthy addition to a balanced diet. Equinox Kombucha is 100% safe, prepared by experienced brewers in optimum conditions. Just remember to be extra careful if you’re making Kombucha at home as, if improperly prepared, it can contain harmful bacteria or mould.
Is Kombucha healthy?
Made using green tea, Kombucha is full of antioxidants and has many immune-boosting properties. And, like most fermented foods and beverages, Kombucha contains healthy probiotics that are known to improve our digestive health. Find out more about the many health benefits of Kombucha.
Go on, try it – we dare you! Shop our range of delicious flavours here.
“We work really hard to get the right flavour profile ensuring our drinks are palatable, light, refreshing and easy to drink. We don’t want it to taste like medicine. We are proud to make an authentic, live, craft kombucha, not a product made from concentrates as many are now.”
Technical & Site Manager
Kombucha is a fermented drink made from green tea, cane sugar and a live culture called a Kombucha ‘SCOBY’ (Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast). This colony grows on top of the beverage as it ferments, making Kombucha a very unique and tasty drink! These naturally occurring organic acids, antioxidants and live bacteria have given Kombucha a well-deserved reputation for working wonders on the mind and body. We always use certified organic ingredients and keep our Kombucha raw and unpasteurised, we don’t like our bottles to contain any nasties! At the end of the day, the more good stuff we put into our body, the more we get out of Life.
Kombucha is known for its beneficial properties and many people are seeking out healthy and conscious food and drink choices today. Kombucha is versatile and can be enjoyed as a simple and natural energy boosting drink, it can be added to smoothies, your favourite alcoholic beverages as a mixer and even in cooking as a marinade or in raw soups. Check out our blog for some ideas.
We brew our Kombucha with green tea for its antioxidant properties but it can be brewed with any type of tea you like. Other natural ingredients or juices can also be added to create variation and taste though unflavoured Kombucha is also delicious! If you manage to get hold of a SCOBY, experiment with making your own Kombucha – we would love to hear your stories!