A Little or A Lot: How Much Caffeine Is in Kombucha?

Have you ever wondered if kombucha contains caffeine? If so, how much?

Kombucha contains multitudes. You may already know that it contains gut-friendly probiotics, but you may not know it contains a little caffeine and alcohol too. Why? The answer is fermentation.

Wait, Kombucha Has Caffeine?

Let's go back to basics: Kombucha is sweet tea that has been fermented. Most of the tea leaves used in kombucha are a variety of black or green, which naturally contain caffeine. However, there's a little more to the story.

The fermentation process naturally reduces the amount of caffeine in the tea. Caffeine is "used up" during the brewing process, helping to make the wonderful mix of live and active cultures we love kombucha for. When it's all over, the final product still contains small amounts of caffeine.

There's about 15mg of caffeine in a 14oz bottle of Brew Dr. Kombucha — Similar to a cup of decaf coffee. Even people who are sensitive to caffeine can typically enjoy kombucha because the levels are so low.

Related: The Process of Making Brew Dr. Kombucha

What if you're looking for a little more? If 15mg of caffeine isn't enough for you, we've got something with a little extra kick in your drink. Whether you're looking to ditch coffee or just need a pick-me-up, we've got something for even the biggest caffeine lovers: Brew Dr. Uplift.

Brew Dr. Uplift

Introducing Brew Dr. Uplift: We've paired high-quality yerba mate, guayusa, and green tea with organic fruit juices to create a line of tasty and natural energizers. 150mg of clean caffeine invigorate the mind while millions of gut-healthy probiotics nourish the body. 

You already know what green tea is, but what about yerba mate and guayusa? Originally grown in Paraguay, South America, yerba mate leaves (llex paraguariensis) have been enjoyed as a tea since the 17th century. The leaves contain caffeine (about 1.5 percent) plus a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals. Yerba mate is slightly bitter, so we love to blend it with other ingredients to mellow it out a bit without losing its trademark taste.

Guayusa is also found in South America. It’s actually a drink that can be traced back as far as 2,000 years ago. Made from the leaves of a holly tree known as llex guayusa (a family member of yerba mate), guayusa tea is known for its energizing effect and antioxidants, vitamins and amino acids. Guayusa is smooth, earthy and just a little sweet. The leaves have about the same caffeine as ground coffee, around 3 percent.

Uplift also supports a good cause: Brew Dr. is committed to fostering a culture of antiracism, within our walls and in our community. That's why 1% of all Uplift sales goes to social justice organizations doing the groundwork every day.

Related: Brew Dr. Stands For Racial Justice

As an added bonus, Uplift is shelf-stable and does not need to be refrigerated! For best taste, we still recommend chilling before enjoying, of course.

So if you're looking for that perfect beverage in the morning or during that afternoon slump, look no further than Uplift. Find it near you today!