Kombucha is a fermented beverage that can be made from a variety of different kinds of teas. That’s why it originated in Asia, where most teas are grown. Then you add spices and flavors to create the many different flavors and blends. As described in Forbes Magazine, the making of kombucha tea is both a craft and an art, and to do it right takes both expertise and patience. But it’s a healthy, uniquely refreshing drink. That’s why you may be wondering why it’s so popular, how it’s made, and how you can buy kombucha locally.
When Did Kombucha Tea Become so Popular?
Kombucha has actually been popular since ancient times. As far back as 2,000 or more years ago, people in China referred to it as a drink of immortality. Later the health benefits of the tea, as well as its unique taste, caught hold in Europe. Researchers in Europe in the 1960s concluded that it had health benefits similar to those of yogurt, since both yogurt and kombucha cultures contain lots of healthy probiotics. As you may know, probiotics are the beneficial bacteria and healthy microorganisms that aid in digestion. Kombucha began to get noticed in the United States about 30 years, but it wasn’t until the last 10 years or so that it really caught on in such a big way. Even major players like Pepsi and Whole Foods saw its market potential, and now it’s become almost a billion dollar American industry. But because you want only the best kombucha, it’s important to know that it’s the kind that is still made in smaller batches..
How is the Fermented Kombucha Made?
Small businesses like Scoby Masters Tea-biotics make it the authentic way, with lots of personal care and attention, and deliver it to you as fresh as possible. A culture of bacteria and yeast called a “scoby” is added to a sweetened tea, and that mixture ferments over a period of weeks. Last but not least, after the fermentation stage is completed, Kombucha is ready to be bottled and chilled. But unlike many other kinds of fermented drinks, kombucha has a very low alcohol content. It’s so low that authentic kombucha sold in stores across America is not classified as an alcoholic beverage. In fact, real kombucha tea is considered a kind of elixir with multiple health benefits. Kombucha is, for example, one of the most convenient and tastiest ways to get your daily dose of probiotics.
Where Can You Find Kombucha in Kansas City?
Kansas City’s own Scoby Masters Tea-Biotics makes and bottles two dozens different kinds of kombucha, including healthy, refreshing ones like chai-apple, cherry-lime, lime-turmeric, hibiscus-watermelon, and pineapple-jalapeño. Delicious Tea-Biotics products are conveniently available throughout the Kansas City region. You can now buy kombucha made by Scoby Masters Tea-Biotics at 35 different locations in the metro area. They’re sold at the Overland Park Farmer’s Market, and at grocery stores and supermarkets including Hen House, Price Chopper, and HyVee. Scoby Masters also operates its own popular storefront in Lenexa, and it includes its own tasting room…recently featured in Feast Magazine. Drop in for a visit, and you can sample all of the many blends, fresh from the tap, to discover which ones are your favorites.