I’ve always enjoyed tea a lot and ever since I quit coffee tea has become my go-to drink. Most of the time I stick with herbal teas, such as chamomile tea or rooibos. They’re naturally caffeine free and come in many different flavors. However, sometimes I enjoy a cup of black or green tea as well, specially early in the morning. A while ago I was on YouTube looking for new and creative ways to consume my tea. That’s when I first came across kombucha tea. Kombucha is a fermented black or green tea and is supposed to be very healthy.
It sounded really interesting to me, but I didn’t want to produce it myself. So when I came across a whole assortment of kombucha teas in the local health store, I knew I had to give it a try. I ended up buying a bottle from Kombucha Bryggeriet, a local producer. In this blogpost I’ll share my first experience with the beverage.
When I first heard about kombucha I did some research about the drink and its health benefits. Apparently, it’s very healthy when produced properly and contains a lot of antioxidants. Besides being beneficial for people with a wide range of diseases, such as diabetes and arthritis, it strengthens the immune system and improves digestion problems. It will also keep you energised, mainly because of the caffeine found in tea.
There was a lot of choice in the store, mostly from local producers, and I chose a bottle from Kombucha Bryggeriet. Their drink had lower sugar levels than the other brands and it came with the most variety of flavours. The bottles are color coded depending on the taste, the one I bought was purple and contained acai, raspberries and ginger. The other colors were red (goji, orange, ginger) and gold (peach and ginger).
My first bottle of kombucha
The first thing I noticed upon opening the bottle was the smell, which was very similar to certain beers. To be honest, I don’t want to be smelling beer while drinking tea. The taste was luckily way better, although it also reminded me a bit of beer. I didn’t really taste the tea, but I did notice the raspberries and specially the ginger. I bought this drink expecting something similar to iced tea and got something similar to beer instead. I see myself drinking this kombucha as a replacement for beer at a party, rather than as a refreshment on a hot summer day.
Unfortunately, it’s a sparkling drink, which was not indicated anywhere on the bottle. Some of the other brands specifically mentioned it on the label. And since Kombucha Bryggeriet did not, I assumed their version would be sparkling-free. My stomach can’t handle carbonated drinks, so halfway through the bottle I started to feel sick. What a disappointment!
I don’t think I’ll be buying kombucha again anytime soon, mainly because of the bad effect it has on my stomach. But if you’re into drinking sodas, then you will probably enjoy a cold bottle of kombucha as well.
You can find out more about Kombucha Bryggeriet on their facebook page.