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KombuchaYou’ve been hearing about it everywhere. Maybe you have a friend who loves it. But you’re wondering a little bit about kombucha – and what is it, anyway?

What is kombucha?

Kombucha (pronounced kom-boo-cha) is a fizzy fermented sweetened tea. This tea is fermented with something called a SCOBY – a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast. The fermentation process leaves the resulting liquid bubbly and may have a trace amount of alcohol. Although there are varied reports of its origin – some say it originated in China, others in Russia – but one thing is certain: It’s tremendously popular right now!

What does it taste like?

It’s a little tart-sour (some may find it vinegary) and a little yeasty (think of bread), but you can find a wide range of kombucha, including Clearly Kombucha and GT’s Kombucha, that comes with additional natural flavors, like guava or citrus. No matter what else is in the mix, kombucha will retain its uniquely tart tang.

What’s the stuff floating in the bottle?

That’s the SCOBY.

What does it do?

There is a range of anecdotal evidence about the wonders of kombucha, but no scientific studies to prove them at this point. However, most kombucha contains live bacteria – the friendly kind that help digestion, including probiotics. Some varieties of kombucha are also high in antioxidants.

Does it have alcohol?

Yes, alcohol is a natural side effect of the fermentation process – that’s how we get wine and beer! However, the kombucha you’ll find on supermarket shelves usually has an alcohol content of less than 0.5%, although some may be slightly higher, like GT’s Classic Kombucha.

Does it have caffeine?

Yes. Remember: It’s a fermented tea.

What’s the difference between brands?

To some degree, it’s about flavor profiles, just like the difference between Pepsi and Coke. Some brands have more or less sugar. Clearly Kombucha is a little sweeter and has no SCOBY floating in the bottle. GT’s – the most popular brand of kombucha – offers an array of raw and organic varieties, from traditional to fruitier. You’ll also find other brands, depending on your store. If you really love kombucha and you live in the Sacramento area, our Gold River Bel Air now has kombucha on tap, so you can really stock up!