Gayle Galbraith and Stanley Nowak, FedBrew Kombucha, Federalsburg, MD, USA Q: When did you first discover kombucha? I am a fan of Kundalini Yoga and was smitten by the music of Deva Premal & Miten, known for their beautiful energy-shifting, mantra music. My partner, Stan, and I saw them live at MantraFest 2013 at the […]

Alicia Biggs, Clearly Kombucha, Fairfield, CA, USA Q: When did you first discover kombucha? I first discovered Kombucha on the streets of San Francisco. I bought GT’s Synergy from a mini mart on Haight Street and I remember my very first sip. Q: Why did you start your own kombucha company? I am not a […]

HARPC is the evolution of HACCP. This article outlines the steps needed to comply with new regulations from the FDA for United States based producers. Other countries may require similar documentation and we recommend all Kombucha brewers have some form of plan in place to control for any potential hazards or risks. 1. Conduct Hazard […]

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), a sweeping food safety legislation amending the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act of 1938, was enacted on January 4, 2011.  It aims to ensure the United States food supply is safe by shifting the focus from responding to contamination to preventing it. As required by FSMA, the FDA implemented […]

Chris Prevatt, Gnarbucha, Atlantic Beach, FL, USA Q: When did you first discover kombucha? I started brewing kombucha at home in late 2016 after getting a SCOBY from a friend. It grew from a fun activity to a passion. Q: Why did you start your own kombucha company? Kombucha is fun and I have always […]

Naya Bravo, Meraki Ferments, Noia, A Coruña, Spain   Q: When did you first discover kombucha? I first discovered it in Miami. It was an artisanal one, with just tea. I have to be honest, I did not like it and left it behind. Few months later I went on a trip to Lake Atitlan. […]

11 dedicated KBI member brands and new affiliate member, Cetotec, gathered at the headquarters of KBI member Fairment in Berlin, Germany. We were treated to a wide variety of delicious ferments including Fairment’s line of fermented veggies, Kombucha and milk kefir. There was plenty of time to network and reconnect with old friends while meeting […]

Maxime Deschesnes, Mélanie Pilote, Éloi Ferland, Nomade Junerie, Saint-Thuribe Quebec, Canada Q: When did you first discover kombucha? I discovered kombucha with the popular brand RISE at college when I was 18 years old. Since then, I’ve never stopped drinking fermented tea. My partner Eloi has brewed his own for many years. Q: Why did […]

Victoria Chaires and Brett Acker, Diosa Organics, Solidaridad, Quintana Roo, Mexico Q: When did you first discover kombucha? I first discovered Kombucha while working at an organic restaurant in Venice Beach in 2009. It was when GT’s started on tap and we featured GT’s ginger and another local kombucha with lavender. I was instantly hooked […]

Meaghan & Shane Carpenter, Hex Ferments, Baltimore, MD, USA Q: When did you first discover kombucha? While studying art in Ireland, a friend had some brewing on his counter in Galway and Meaghan was intrigued by the “blob” and the smell, but mainly sold on the hangover cure that he purported. Upon returning home she […]