We get it. Kombucha is pretty amazing. Who wouldn’t want to drink it every day? It’s low in sugar and high in flavor. It’s fizzy, tangy, sweet and so different from all of the other beverages out there.
Even while sales of bottled water (including sparkling water) continue to grow and outpace sodas, Americans are looking for more. They may drink more water, but they’re also looking to spice things up during their day. Coffee is a popular choice, but it has limitations. Not everyone can drink it in the late afternoons and evenings. Same goes with caffeinated teas. Sodas are loaded with sugar and artificial ingredients and juices can contain just as much sugar.
Kombucha is growing in popularity because it has the effervescent qualities of soda, although smoother, the sweetness of a juice without the sugar, the fraction of the caffeine of coffee and tea, and flavors that just can’t be matched. Kombucha is natural, made from organic botanicals and fruits - at least if you buy Brew Dr. Kombucha. Oh ya, then there’s the naturally-occurring probiotics that form during the fermentation process. People like those, too.
Kombucha is great, but can it be enjoyed every day like a cup of coffee or bottled water? For most people, yes. Tastebuds and bellies seem to love kombucha. The tricky part is that just like with any food or drink, people react differently. Kombucha is fermented and there are people out there who can’t consume fermented products. Whether it’s the yeast or the bacteria, they just can’t tolerate it as most people can.
For others, it’s the trace amounts of alcohol. A natural byproduct of fermentation is small amounts of alcohol. Brew Dr. uses a proprietary method to extract excess alcohol while retaining all of the flavor and benefits of kombucha and ensuring the alcohol content is below the required 0.5 percent to be sold as a non-alcoholic beverage. Even so, pregnant women may be advised to take a break from kombucha until the little one is born.
Speaking of pregnant women, they’re also often advised to stay away from raw, unpasteurized products because of the risk for listeria and other nasty things. Most kombucha is raw. It needs to be raw in order to keep all of those live and active bacteria cultures happy. When it’s pasteurized, they all die. Very sad.
What about the caffeine, you ask? Yes, kombucha does contain small amounts of caffeine because it’s made with tea. Depending on the tea used, typically black, green sencha or white, it can contain differing amounts of caffeine. The fermentation process does reduce the caffeine levels in the tea naturally, but there is still a little left over, about 15 mg per Brew Dr. bottle. So, if you’re sensitive to caffeine, take it slow and see how you do.
Do you avoid gluten or are on a restrictive diet? Good news! Brew Dr. Kombucha is 100 percent gluten-free, keto-friendly, vegetarian and vegan. Okay, now we just sound like we’re bragging. The truth is, not all kombuchas are made the same way. We’re proud of the care and attention we put into our recipes and our brewing to make sure our kombuchas can be enjoyed by the most people.
The best part about kombucha is the variety of flavors you can enjoy. It’s virtually impossible to get bored with it. Depending on your mood, what you’re craving, the season or the occasion, there’s a perfect Brew Dr. Kombucha standing by. Our loyal fans love our kombucha in our bottles and cans, but they also love incorporating them into their favorite recipes.
Try adding some Superberry to a smoothie. Bake with our Spiced Apple Kombucha. Create an incredible house cocktail with our Strawberry Basil Kombucha. he possibilities are endless!