Does Kombucha Have Caffeine?
Caffeine in Kombucha
Have you ever wondered what’s in your kombucha? We’ve devoted several blogs to the ingredients in Brew Dr. Kombucha brews and the by-products of fermentation:
But one question we have yet to dive into is whether or not kombucha has caffeine. Good question.
While you may not think of kombucha as a caffeinated beverage, it does, in fact, contain small amounts of caffeine. Our classic kombucha contains less than 15 mg of caffeine per 14 fluid ounce bottle, about the same as a decaf cup of coffee (yes, even decaf coffee has some caffeine). For comparison, a regular cup of coffee has around 95 mg of caffeine and a cup of green tea contains about 25 mg.
However, if you’re looking for more of a probiotic pick-me-up, Brew Dr. recently launched Uplift Caffeinated. This new kombucha has 130 mg of natural caffeine per bottle. Uplift Caffeinated features a heavy hit of yerba mate, guayusa and green tea.
Why Is There Caffeine in Kombucha?
Kombucha begins as tea. Many teas contain caffeine. Brew Dr. Kombucha uses various teas, such as green and black, as well as exotic blends – all from our own Townshend’s Tea Company. If teas such as these contain 25 mg of caffeine per cup, you may be wondering how Brew Dr. can claim our kombuchas have only 15 mg. What happened to the other 10 mg of caffeine, you ask?
Interestingly, a significant amount of caffeine is consumed during the fermentation process. As the yeast, sugar, oxygen and tea combine, a chemical reaction occurs, reducing the amount of caffeine naturally. Another side effect of the fermentation process is that it produces a wonderful mix of live and active cultures lovingly referred to as “probiotics.”
The fermentation process is a rather remarkable scientific chemical wonder. It’s what makes kombucha so unique and gives it the natural, fizzy effervescence so many people love.
Is Kombucha a Good Replacement for Caffeinated Beverages?
Love caffeine but looking to slow down? You’re not alone. Villanova University reported as many as 90 percent of Americans consume caffeine in one form or another every day and more than half consume as much as 300 mg per day.
If you are trying to kick the caffeine habit, kombucha may be a great place to start. Many people who try to quit caffeine find it difficult to stop cold turkey. Teas, then kombucha provide graduated steps down from fully caffeinated beverages.
According to bon appetit and many other resources, “Finding something that will make you feel less deprived as you give up caffeine will help make the transition easier and increase your odds that the habit sticks.”
Because kombucha has so little caffeine, most people, even those sensitive to caffeine, hardly notice a caffeine effect, if at all. Even young children and pregnant mothers can enjoy kombucha without a caffeine side effect.
If you notice you have trouble falling asleep after a cup of coffee or tea, you may want to experiment with kombucha. Even though there is minimal caffeine in Brew Dr. Kombucha, even the smallest trace amounts can keep some people from a restful night’s sleep. Try drinking one of our brews at different times during the day and see if your sleep is impacted.
We take great care in making our kombuchas. From the organic tea we sustainably source and the organic botanicals, herbs and spices we use to give our kombuchas their incredible flavor, to the methods we use to brew, bottle and market our products, you can be certain your Brew Dr. Kombucha is the best on the market. We don’t take shortcuts and we follow ancient methods of brewing to ensure our kombuchas are 100% raw, 100% organic, 100% gluten-free, 100% non-GMO and of course, 100% delicious.