Kombucha is a fermented black (or green) tea which is thought to originate as far back as the Qin Dynasty (221 BCE) in China. Records suggest that Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi was the first to make and drink this delicious functional food. The carbonated beverage has been used in Traditional Chinese medicine for over 5000 years in which principles outline that every plant in nature has its own unique therapeutic health benefits. Kombucha is referred to as the ‘elixir of life’ in traditional Chinese Medicine, and we would have to agree!
Kombucha is produced by fermenting black or green tea with water, sugar and a SCOBY, which is essentially a live culture made from beneficial bacteria and yeast. SCOBY is what gives this drink its enzyme-rich punch whilst also naturally protecting it from contaminants and dust.
Fermentation occurs in two stages;
The fermentation process produces a fizzy, refreshingly potent drink with a moreish kick to it.
As mentioned, kombucha is an enzyme-rich drink. Digestive enzymes are essential for helping us to break down and absorb the nutrients in our food. They also help support our digestive system to metabolise those nutrients to use throughout the body, giving our overall health a massive boost!
Acetic acid is produced from the fermentation process which has been shown to actually kill bad bacteria strains in the gut, along with lowering inflammation and potentially controlling blood sugar levels.
The fermentation process also produces b vitamins which are vital to boost our energy levels, support the immune system and helps the body’s ability to detox.
When made with green tea, kombucha is rich in antioxidant polyphenols and other bioactive compounds, mopping up free radicals and helping to lower inflammation in the body.
Here at The Source, we take great care to ensure that the suppliers we work with produce ingredients of the highest standard with sustainability in mind, and Kitty’s Kombucha is no exception.
Kitty’s Kombucha is brewed in oak barrels and in small batches, ensuring the highest quality with each product. All products contain organic ingredients where possible and are naturally flavoured with tisanes, spices herbs and flowers (AKA no nasties!).
How much sugar in Kitty’s Kombucha?
The delicious brews are sweetened with either local honey or a small amount of sugar. For low-sugar flavours, the sugar content is less than 2.5g/100ml and for honey brews it’s between 3-4g of natural sugar/100ml.
We stock some of Kitty’s best loved flavours Lemon Fizz, Hibiscus & Lavender – perfect for the hot summer days ahead.
All Kitty’s Kombucha is made with green tea or roobois tea (redbush tea), making them an excellent antioxidant rich choice which provides a steady release of low-dose caffeine, avoiding the energy crash that can occur with black tea (this means no 3pm coffee crash).
Please do tag us in your pictures on Instagram @thesourceunitedkingdom if you attempt to brew your own kombucha or try one of ours, we’d love to see them!