What is kombucha?
Kombucha is a probiotic beverage made by fermenting sweet tea with a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast (SCOBY). It is naturally carbonated and just slightly sweet, although most of the sugar is consumed by the bacteria while they are producing kombucha's signature tangy taste.
Where does kombucha come from?
Kombucha is something that many people have laid claim to (we don't blame them!). The most common attribution is Ancient China, where it was made it clay pots and vessels starting around 2000 years ago. It then made its way through Russia and Western Europe.
What are the "probiotics" inside my kombucha?
Kombucha's distinctive taste comes from bacteria which consume ethanol and produce acetic acid. This fizz comes from the yeast, which convert the sugar into ethanol and produce CO2 as a byproduct. Although ethanol is an intermediary ingredient in kombucha production, it is never at a concentration of more than 0.5% ABV.