Is There A Best Time of Day to Drink Kombucha?
Morning, Noon or Night?
Kombucha is unlike any other beverage out there, so it’s easy to understand why there are so many questions about it. We thought we’d put together a brief cheat sheet of sorts to help you decide which time of day is best for you, personally, to drink kombucha. Consider the following:
Kombucha Has Caffeine
One of the first things you should know before deciding whether it’s a good time of day to drink kombucha is that most of it has a small amount of caffeine. Kombucha is fermented tea and the tea leaves used in most kombuchas have caffeine. Black, green, white and oolong tea varieties are the ones Brew Dr. Kombucha prefers, all of which have varying levels of caffeine. That’s not the whole story, though.
The natural fermentation process reduces the amount of caffeine in the tea leaves, so even though your typical brewed black tea, for instance, has anywhere from 25 to 48 milligrams of caffeine per eight ounces. The reason for the variation is due to several factors, such as the origin of the tea leaves, how the tea was processed and prepared, and the brewing time.
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After we ferment our tea, the resulting kombucha contains less than 15 milligrams of caffeine. That’s closer to a cup of decaf coffee or tea. Even with such small amounts of caffeine, however, people who are sensitive to caffeine may want to drink their kombucha earlier in the day so as not to disrupt their sleep. For everyone else, you may be able to enjoy kombucha at any time of the day.
For those looking for a more caffeinated kombucha, be sure to check out our newest full-time flavor, Uplift Caffeinated. With 130 milligrams of caffeine from yerba mate, guayasa and green tea, it’s a great alternative to coffee and energy drinks. Plus, it has naturally-occurring probiotics you love!
Kombucha Has Small Amounts of Alcohol
Keep in mind: kombucha is fermented tea. A natural byproduct of fermentation is alcohol. Not a lot of alcohol is produced, but enough that kombucha can’t be considered alcohol-free. Because there is alcohol, kombucha manufacturers have to ensure their brews’ alcohol levels don’t exceed the 0.5 percent threshold to be considered non-alcoholic. Some manufacturers heat their brews to burn off the excess alcohol, but this method also kills the beneficial bacteria.
At Brew Dr., we use a proprietary, non-heat distillation method that keeps those miraculous colonies of beneficial bacteria alive and well. We also are meticulous with our brew times. This is important because every minute the brew ferments, more alcohol is produced.
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So, while feeling the effects of kombucha with 0.5 percent or less of alcohol is unlikely, if you are sensitive to alcohol, you may want to consider the time of day you drink it.
If you’re neither sensitive to small amounts of caffeine or alcohol, the sky’s the limit! You can enjoy kombucha at any time of day on its own or paired perfectly with any meal. Here’s the best part: kombucha isn’t just for sipping. In fact, kombucha is amazing in many of your favorite recipes you enjoy throughout your day.
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For example, try adding kombucha to your morning smoothie. Make a unique dressing for your lunchtime salad. Zing up your happy hour cocktails using kombucha as a mixer instead of the expected. Add some kombucha to your meat marinade to make your fajitas wow the crowd. You can even bake sweet treats with kombucha for a memorable dessert.
For recipes and more ideas on how to incorporate your favorite Brew Dr. Kombucha flavors into all kinds of beverages and dishes, visit our blog site.