Tea-Biotics in the News
If you have ever been to the farmer’s market in Overland Park, you might have noticed the long lines at the Tea-Biotics stand where Lisa Bledsoe sells fresh, locally made kombucha on tap. Kombucha has been brewed for centuries in Asia and Eastern Europe.
Last year, Amy Goldman and Sean Galloway set out to open a brewery and bakery called the Brewkery. The couple started by selling loaves of sourdough at the Merriam Farmers Market. They wanted to sell beverages, too, but Kansas liquor laws prevented them from peddling beer at the market.
No doubt you’ve heard of a Zen Master. Drop by Overland Park Farmer’s Market and you’ll find a master of another sort: Lisa Bledsoe, Scoby Master. A what? Bledsoe is a local hobbyist and volunteer instructor at Broadmoor Technical Center’s culinary program teaching the process of fermenting an organic, probiotic beverage known as kombucha.
Kombucha in the News
THERE IS KOMBUCHA IN SPACE RIGHT NOW. Don’t tell me we don’t live in the future. The European Space Agency is testing the stuff used to brew kombucha – a fermented tea beverage invented thousands of years ago and now available at a Whole Foods near you – on the International Space Station, exposing it to the harsh environment of space to see how it fares.