What is Kombucha? I get that question quite frequently. Kombucha is a sweetened fermented tea that has been around for a few thousand years. Its origination is thought to be China.
I started drinking Kombucha a little over a year ago. I had been having digestion issues, and someone suggested I start taking a probiotic daily. My options were quickly given. I could take a supplement (not, my cup of tea), Greek yogurt (doable, but what where my other options), and Kombucha. I was then working at a local brewery in Austin, Texas, The Austin Beer Garden Brewing Company, and they carried Buddha’s Brew Kombucha. The owner happened to be sitting at the bar and I was introduced to him. He then sold me and thus changing my life. I was an addict. I couldn’t get enough of the yummy, effervescent goodness. I had previously tried the stuff a few years prior, and remembering not having such a pleasant experience. It was too vinegary or something of the sort. I guess, its true what they say when they say “YOUR BODY CRAVES WHAT IT NEEDS”. Ever heard that before?? Well, yeah. In this case it was true. I started researching up on the product and finding out all the benefits of consuming fermented products. The benefits are abundant, to say the least. Just the mind set of balancing out your body’s ph balance, is good to have. Here are a few courtesy of Yoga by Candace.
So where am I after a year you ask? Well, funny you should ask. I ended up moving to the Wild & Wonderful West Virginia at the beginning of 2015. Kombucha was no where to be found. One day I finally stumbled across it, but it was 1 hour and 15 minutes from my front door. That was no bueno. I needed this stuff, and I needed it badly. When I did get my hands on some, the quality came no where near to that of Buddha’s Brew. That’s when it happened. I will just make my own.
That is where Im at, currently. I am on my 5th batch to date. With my flavors, I have toyed around with Apple Cider, Watermelon & Basil, Cantaloupe & Basil, Cranberry, and Regular. It has been an amazing journey and its only begun. I have gone from spending $3-$6 a bottle, to a few bucks a gallon. I have been using as much as I can from the garden too! All organic, vegan (if you’re into that sort of thing), and gluten free.
If you are looking for an alternative to your daily energy drink, soft drinks, and/or coffee, or just looking to live a little healthier, follow me on my journey. You will be pleased.
Stay tuned and I will be giving a quick DIY on how to make your own!