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What is kombucha tea?


what is kombucha tea

What is Kombucha tea?

 

We’ve heard them all, kambucha, kombacha, konbucha, kumbacha - when you’re getting your head around this gut loving drink remembering the name is no easy feat! 

 

Kombucha. Or as we tend to call it around Two Boys Brew - Booch. 

 

The fermented drink that is made with the key ingredient - tea. 

 

We’ve rounded up your questions about this hero kombucha ingredient, so you can know you’re getting the best of the best when you drink our booch. 

What kind of tea do you use? 

We use a blend of certified organic, fair trade green and white tea. Not only do we prefer the taste of our tea blend, but research shows that green tea has a higher antioxidant activity than black tea. 

 

If you’re into clinical research, you can read more sciency stuff about the chemical profile and antioxidant activity of black vs green tea in kombucha here and here.

 

Antioxidants are one of the amazing benefits of kombucha (along with probiotics, amino acids and the rest) so it’s really important that the tea we use is going to give you the most goodness in your booch. Our green tea is shaded for 10 days prior to harvest to relax the amino acids and help to develop its beautiful flavour. 

 

Where does your tea come from? 

 

Our organic, fair trade tea leaves come from a tea master who belongs to a long lineage of tea merchants. The blend is sourced from the regions in China where the teas grow natively. High quality ingredients are a non negotiable for us here at Two Boys Brew, so you can be sure you’re getting the finest tea in your booch. 

 

Some of you are keen to try making your own booch, so we’ve answered those questions too…

 

How long should tea steep for kombucha?

 

So let’s look at this as how long to brew tea for kombucha. ‘Cause we’re brewers here. The tea is brewed much the same way as you’d make yourself a nice, strong cuppa. We reckon around 5 minutes would suffice. 

 

How many tea bags per litre of kombucha?

 

You’d be looking at 2-3 tea bags.

 

Can you make kombucha with herbal tea?

 

In theory, you could, but you likely won’t get the same antioxidant benefits that you’ll get from using a traditional tea in the fermentation process. So if those free radical fighters are important to you, you’re better off sticking with your green or black teas. 

 

It’s also worth considering that, if you’re using a particular herbal tea for its properties and benefits, the fermentation process may impact or negate the activity of those properties. 


We infuse high grade botanicals into our brews after the fermentation process to retain as much of their chemical composition as possible. 



How much kombucha tea should I drink a day? 

 

Our brews are packed full of probiotics, and we brew them in a way that means you can safely enjoy multiple bottles a day. Home brewed kombucha tea can be particularly strong, so we recommend not overdoing it if you’re DIY’ing it. 

 

Got any questions you’d like to ask us about our award winning, real kombucha?

We’d love to answer them for you!