Trying new things can be intimidating—most of us tend to feel varying degrees of trepidation when considering trying a new food or drink. That’s completely normal! And for the sake of this article, we are going to explore what kombucha tastes like, and hopefully quell any hesitations about venturing to try this delicious and healthy beverage. Once you try kombucha, it will likely grow on you with every sip and you’ll be coming back for more ‘booch!
The beverage is classically tart, slightly sweet, and wonderfully bubbly. Natural flavors can be added, and depending on the mix of ingredients, kombucha can take on a floral, spicy, herbaceous, or even fruity notes. Thanks to kombucha’s fermentation process, the friendly bacteria, yeasts, and enzymes (aka probiotics) eat the sugar in sweet tea and turn it into tasty, and slightly bubbly, kombucha.
What is Kombucha Made From?
To help understand what kombucha tastes like, let’s look a little deeper at the ingredients and recipe. Kombucha is made from 4 simple ingredients: water, a mix of green and black tea, sugar and a SCOBY, or symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast. The SCOBY is added to sweet tea, which jumpstarts a two-part process. During primary fermentation, the yeast converts sugar to alcohol under controlled conditions. During secondary fermentation, the bacteria get to work converting most of this alcohol into acetic, gluconic, glucuronic and other organic acids. During both of these processes, the yeast and bacteria feast and multiply, yielding an end beverage that is rich in a variety of microorganisms and healthy acids.
But we’ll cut to the chase as we understand that you’ve been probably wondering what exactly you see floating around in the kombucha. The brown-colored, nebula-like matter that floats at the bottom of the kombucha is just a healthy by-product of the fermentation process—it’s small pieces of the aforementioned SCOBY. Its flavorless and completely safe to consume.
Is Kombucha an Alcoholic Beverage?
Since kombucha goes through a fermentation process, many people assume it’s an alcoholic beverage. While the fermentation process does produce a trace amount of alcohol, similar to that of an overripe banana or sauerkraut, by law non-alcoholic beverages must contain less than 0.5% ABV. That means it is perfectly fine to drink a non-alcoholic kombucha, like Health-Ade, any time during the course of your day. Kombucha is a healthy and refreshing drink to try and incorporate into your lifestyle!
Health-Ade produces a variety of kombucha flavors including Tropical Punch, Passion Fruit-Tangerine, Grapefruit, Cherry-Berry, Ginger-Lemon, Pomegranate, Blood Orange-Carrot-Ginger, Grape Vibes, and so many more. Check out our full product offerings by visiting www.health-ade.com today!