Kombucha is like Yoga - people call it a health trend but it's actually been around for centuries. It's amazing for your health, but science is just beginning to study its benefits. It's quickly gaining popularity in the US and moving from a tiny specialty product to being served "on tap" at Whole Foods. Kombucha is made with a starter culture and 3 simple ingredients - black or green tea, sugar, and water. The starter is called a SCOBY - Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast. It looks even weirder than it sounds, but it's what makes the magic happen. The SCOBY ferments the sugary tea and creates probiotics, enzymes, and amino acids over a period of about 7-10 days. A second 3-day fermentation creates the slight carbonation and is a chance to add flavoring to the beverage.
At $3-$4 a bottle, it can be an expensive way to get your daily probiotic. But it's simple to brew at home for just pennies a bottle. I've been brewing and drinking my own kombucha for 2 years and have personally seen the benefits of improved digestion and increased immunity. Plus, it's delicious! I'm hosting a workshop with Lydia from Hatch Health and Happiness on September 14th where you'll learn everything you need to know about making kombucha at home. We'll talk more about the health benefits of this beverage, sample different flavors, and brew a batch together. You'll also receive a SCOBY and starter kombucha so you can make your own right away. Sign up today!