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What is Kombucha?
Kombucha is fermented tea. It contains a variety of probiotics, beneficial yeasts, digestive enzymes, organic acids, and antioxidants. Kombucha is typically made with green or black tea, sweetened with sugar, and fermented by a Symbiotic Community of Bacteria and Yeast, also known as a SCOBY. The process usually takes one to two weeks until it is ready for consumption.
Does Kombucha have caffeine?
Yes. But just a tad! Kombucha is brewed with green or black tea, so the amount of caffeine it contains depends on the type of tea that is brewed. Our Kombucha is brewed with certified organic green tea. One full 12oz bottle of our kombucha has half the caffeine strength as one cup of green tea.
Does Kombucha have sugar?
Yes. Our Kombucha has roughly 9 grams of sugar per 12oz serving. Sugar is a necessary food for the fermenting cultures and is added at the beginning of each batch. During the fermenting process, most of the sugar is converted into organic acids, probiotics, enzymes, and polysaccharides, and many other beneficial properties. The result is a finely balanced sparkling tonic with just the right amount of dulcitude. We never add sugar to the final product.
What’s floating in my bottle?
That's a little SCOBY, the naturally occurring mother of Kombucha! When Kombucha is first bottled, the drink is clear. After a few days, a small kombucha culture begins to grow inside each bottle. This happens because we never pasteurize our Kombucha, and the culture continuously grows. This is also a good sign that the Kombucha is healthy and full of beneficial properties.
What is the shelf life of Kombucha?
Our Kombucha has a refrigerated life of at least 3 months. Our Kombucha does not actually go bad, instead it will continue to ferment and become stronger. With refrigeration, Kombucha continues to slowly ferment inside each bottle. After several months, the flavor will become stronger in acidity and sometimes more carbonated. This is perfectly normal and a good sign that the probiotics in Kombucha are active and healthy!
Why should I refrigerate Kombucha?
Refrigeration helps slow the fermentation process that is still active inside each bottle. It helps to slow the conversion of residual sugars to CO2 and organic acids. Always make sure your Kombucha is nicely chilled before opening.
Can I shake Kombucha?
We don't suggest it. Bottled Kombucha is naturally effervescent, which means that it produces carbonation naturally over time. You may notice the longer that Kombucha is aged inside a bottle, the more carbonated it becomes. Because of the raw nature of the drink, the community of bacteria and yeast are still active inside the bottle converting sugars into CO2 and organic acids.