Chances are when you walk into a shop or cafe they have kombucha in almost every flavour imaginable. With Brits focusing on healthier alternatives for almost everything, it is no surprise that this gut-healthy drink is in the hands of nearly everyone in the city. So what exactly is kombucha and why should we be drinking it?
What is it?
Kombucha is a fermented tea full of antioxidants and probiotics which come from a SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast). It’s also made with sugar and sometimes flavouring such as ginger, lavender or citrus fruit. When the tea ferments, the drink becomes carbonated making it a great fizzy drink alternative.
What are the health benefits?
Kombucha is not new – many cultures have been enjoying this ‘miracle’ drink and its benefits to gut health and immunity for centuries. It can also help curb cravings and reduce period pain, although there doesn’t seem to be extensive scientific research on this.
What does it taste like?
Although it depends on the type you buy, most kombucha has a tart, almost beer like taste. Some brands are sweeter than others so if you don’t like the way it tastes just yet, we’d recommend opting for a fruit flavoured option.
Can you make it yourself?
Yes. It will take you nearly two weeks (if you can wait that long) and requires you to make your own SCOBY or you can buy one. We highly recommended buying. We like this starter kit from Happy Kombucha.
We’re always on the lookout for new brands and product launches but we tend to have JARR Kombucha in the fridge at all times. We especially love the ginger product and the fact that JARR created Europe’s first kombucha tap room in Hackney. You can find out where they are stocked here.