What is Kombucha?

Kombucha is a delicious, nutritious and completely natural fermented tea beverage.  It is popular with people who are into natural foods, holistic nutrition, food sustainability and overall health. Like yogurt, kefir, kimchi, sauerkraut, and other fermented foods, kombucha is a probiotic, living food containing active enzymes and billions of live, probiotic microorganisms, making it great for your health!

There are only four ingredients in Earthling Kombucha — Organic Taiwan black tea, organic cane sugar, our kombucha mother culture, and lots and lots of love!  While sugar is a primary ingredient, most of it is consumed by the kombucha culture during the fermentation process.  The mother culture is known as a SCOBY, which stands for a Symbiotic Community of Bacteria and Yeast.  It is this little community of Earthlings that does the work that only they are capable of — making delicious, nutritious kombucha.

It takes between one and several weeks for the SCOBY to do its work and transform the original ingredients into something entirely different!  At the end of the process, the original sweet tea is reborn as a slightly sweet, lightly tart, a little bit sour, fizzy beverage with just a tiny kick of naturally occurring alcohol (less than 0.5%).

Kombucha is a functional beverage, providing health benefits above and beyond just basic nutrition.  It contains antioxidants and functional compounds from the tea flavonoids, such as quercetin, theaflavin and catechins, which may help tame inflammation, promote heart health and fight cancer.  Most importantly, kombucha is also filled with beneficial probiotics that can help boost digestive and immune system health.