The lure of kombucha (or why a Hispanic woman is crazy about an ancient Chinese tea)

I don't drink coffee or tea. I've just never been a fan of hot drinks, period. IMG_0841

As you may remember from my last post, my drinking has changed over the years. The trajectory over the course of my life looks something like this:

chocolate milk, juice --> soda, lemonade --> seltzer water w/ lime --> spring water w/ lime

And then…I discovered kombucha. It hasn't replaced water, but it has been a nice addition to my beverage lineup. Kombucha is a fermented tea, said to have originated in Asia. It was referred to as the Tea of Immortality. It has enzymes and probiotics, along with B vitamins and antioxidants. Not much of a yogurt fan, I had been looking for a way to get more beneficial bacteria in my system, so I thought I'd give kombucha a try.


I have to admit I didn't like the drink at first. It was way too sour. I gave some to my pastor recently and he said, "If I had wanted vinegar, I'd have drunk some vinegar." So, it wasn't love at first sip for him, either.

But then it grew on me. And that's a perfect way to describe the drink since it starts with scoby. Scoby stands for Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast. It's basically the culture that makes kombucha a fermented drink. (Don't worry, though! You don't have to work with scoby unless you decide to make your own kombucha, from scratch. I haven't gone this far yet. Maybe down the road, I'll try to make it--and I'll use this blog to document the step-by-step process, along with successes and certain failures!)


Right now, I just buy my kombucha, ready made, at Whole Foods (you get a 10% discount if you buy a case-full, 12 bottles). You can find kombucha at Safeway, too. Our whole family is hooked on it. We like GT's Synergy brand. Our favorite flavors are cosmic cranberry, gingerade, trilogy, and guava goddess.

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We love it for its zesty kick. It's not only tasty and effervescent, it is tremendously beneficial for our bodies! And it makes a great mid-afternoon pick-me-up. It's hard for me to even wrap my head around the fact that it's related in any way to regular tea. It must be a distant cousin, twice removed. Tea with a capital T.