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What is Kombucha?

Fermentation is about as human as it gets; from sauerkraut, to kimchi, to pickles and yes, even tea, nearly every civilization includes fermented foods in its culinary history. And, with good reason – it’s the easiest and most natural way of preserving the season’s harvest. Throughout the years, our bodies have adapted to be able to take advantage of the plentiful health benefits provided by fermented foods and beverages. As history, technology, and trade routes progressed, we humans continued to ferment foods and beverages, as a means of keeping ourselves and our families healthy. Fermented tea itself has seen many iterations across human history.

Today, we call this special fermented
tea brew ‘kombucha.’

Talk about staying power – kombucha has been brewed for thousands of years, with the versions of the beverage thought to originate in China and across Europe throughout the centuries. History even shows the practice of fermenting beverages dating as far back as 6000 BC. The kombucha recipe, if brewed properly, remains simple and traditional – tea, water, sugar, and a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast, or S.C.O.B.Y. Tea is combined with sugar and the SCOBY, and left to ferment for 7-14 days. The yeast in the culture converts the sugar into alcohol, and CO2 (natural carbonation), and the bacteria converts the caffeine from the tea and the alcohol created by the yeast into live probiotics and beneficial, detoxifying acids like acetic and glucuronic acids.

Ok, so what is kombucha good for?

The health benefits of kombucha are truly impressive; it’s no wonder cultures around the globe have been brewing it through the ages. Research shows that drinking kombucha has been associated with positive health effects, like: reducing cholesterol levels and blood pressure, the reduction of cancer propagation, and improving the immune system, liver, and gastrointestinal functions. As reported by this scientific study, drinking fermented beverages like kombucha can also contribute to positive mental health.

Better Booch is packed with probiotics, adaptogens, and antioxidants. Analysis from Harvard Medical School shows that probiotics can aid digestion and help maintain gut health. According to Healthline, adaptogens have been shown to help people with cardiovascular health and certain neurological disorders, especially ones that may happen more frequently as individuals age. Which means kombucha isn’t just a young man’s (or woman’s or their) game, so stick with it for the long haul to really reap the benefits!

The Mayo Clinic reports that antioxidants (like those found in our kombucha) are substances that may protect your cells against the effects of free radicals — molecules produced when your body breaks down food or is exposed to tobacco smoke and radiation. Free radicals may play a role in heart disease, cancer and other diseases.

Is kombucha alcoholic?

Alcohol creation during the brewing process has become a serious concern for some of the most widely distributed brands available today, but at Better Booch, we’ve taken a more thorough, scientific approach. Ensuring that our kombucha brew is healthy, delicious and safe for everyone means that we have invested for years into perfecting the brewing process. Our passionate team of brewers (which includes a chemist, a microbiologist and a chef), has honed our method and we proudly brew up a truly live, raw kombucha that is one of the only verified non-alcoholic brands available.

So, maybe you’re kombucha curious and just starting to explore with probiotics or fermented foods. Maybe you’re already a booch connoisseur who’s tried every brand on the market. Maybe you’re a passionate creative who needs a little afternoon pick-me-up that isn’t coffee. Maybe you’re an outdoor enthusiast who’s looking for the perfect drink to toss in your backpack and take on a hike. Maybe you’re a parent who craves something fizzy that isn’t loaded with sugar. Maybe you’re a clean eater who’s looking for a fermented beverage that doesn’t sacrifice on taste. Maybe you’re a busy entrepreneur who loves to try new things that are convenient to grab on the go but don’t compromise on sustainability.

Whoever you are, kombucha is great to incorporate into your daily routine.

How kombucha is made the Better Booch way

When Trey started brewing kombucha for his sister, who was diagnosed at a young age with breast cancer, the kombucha choices on the market were extremely limited. So, we set out to make a healthy kombucha that also tasted incredible.

At Better Booch, we’re all about using a tea-forward, small batch approach that incorporates real, organic ingredients that are low in sugar and high in great taste. We’ve also worked meticulously (shout out to some sleepless nights) to keep our sugar and calorie-count the lowest on the market by only using teas, herbs, and botanicals to flavor Better Booch.

Not only are we passionate about brewing the best kombucha, we’re also committed to supporting the Program in Natural Therapies at City of Hope. ¢5 of every Better Booch can or bottle sold is donated to support the program which facilitates the development of nature-derived treatments into more effective, less toxic cancer therapies.

Our Golden Pear kombucha is made with: pear, tulsi tumeric, and black pepper.
Our Citrus Sunrise kombucha is made with: grapefruit, sage, and pu-erh tea.
Our Ginger Boost kombucha is made with: ginger, lemongrass, and mint.
Our Morning Glory kombucha is made with: peach and black tea.
Our Rose Bliss kombucha is made with: rose petals, rose hips, and white tea.
Our Cherry Retreat kombucha is made with: cherry, vanilla, and bergamot.
Our Hola Horchata kombucha is made with: cinnamon, vanilla, and white tea, with hints of jasmine rice, star anise, and oolong tea.

If you can’t pick a favorite, don’t worry, we got you. Try our ultimate variety pack and get a little bit of everything.

The bottom line…

Kombucha has been around forever and it’s longevity can be attributed to the health benefits that come from drinking it consistently. What sets Better Booch apart from the rest is that we are obsessed with creating the healthiest kombucha that also tastes amazing, and maintains the lowest sugar and calorie-count on the market.

Whew! That was a lot to process and now we’re thirsty for some booch! Let us know what your kombucha experience has been so far on social media @BetterBooch.