KBI/OSU Genomic Study A Summary of Kombucha Microbiome Research By Keisha Rose Harrison The KBI/OSU SCOBY Genomic Study took place from November 2017 to September 2018 as a two-part study. Part 1 asked the questions “what does the Kombucha SCOBY consist of?” and “how diverse is the Kombucha SCOBY?” in regards to the collective microbiota […]

Kimberly Lanski, Buddha’s Brew, Austin, TX, USA Q: When did you first discover kombucha? In 2000, a friend shared some he was making. He had gallon jars brewing all over his kitchen. He would fill wine bottles with the stuff and share it with us at a local macrobiotic restaurant! I was a long time […]

Jessi Hoeft, Ensign Beverage, Hastings, NE, USA Q: When did you first discover kombucha? I brewed my first batch of kombucha the summer I graduated high school in 1995. A friend’s aunt who was living in Colorado gave us a culture and said the drink she was making was helping her with all kinds of […]

Mike Durighello, Whalebird Kombucha, San Luis Obispo, CA, USA Q: When did you first discover kombucha? My friend Carson introduced me to kombucha in 2006 while I was at UC Santa Cruz. He was an amazing water man and had just taken me out to surf. Back at the car he pulled out a few […]

Jordi Dalmau, Kombutxa, Mataró, Barcelona, Spain Q: When did you first discover kombucha? When I was 13 years old I was diagnosed with Gilbert’s Syndrome. It is not a disease but it means that your liver has some trouble detoxing some toxins. As I was getting older I had frequent headaches, always felt tired, long […]

Alex Ingalls, Pilot Kombucha, Brooklyn, NY, USA Q: When did you first discover kombucha? I was working at Whole Foods and was really hungover and supposed to be doing a demo and one of my co-workers recommended it as a hangover cure. I grabbed a bottle of GT Dave’s Cherry Chia (for calories because I […]

Bryan Deane Bertsch, Deane’s Kombucha, Hopkins, MN, USA Q: When did you first discover kombucha? My wife brought kombucha home from the local Co-Op in 2006. It was love at first taste – especially how it made me feel and the fact that it was a “living” beverage. Then I found out how much she […]

Becca Schepps, Mortal Kombucha, Boulder, CO, USA Q: When did you first discover kombucha? I first started drinking kombucha when I lived in NYC in 2008. They carried it at the corner bodega and I was looking for low sugar, flavorful alternatives. I think my first kombucha was actually a GTs with Chia Seeds. It […]

Heidi Vorrasi, RocBucha, Rochester, NY, USA Q: When did you first discover kombucha? I discovered kombucha while travelling to the West Coast. We were in a small town in Utah and it was on tap even in the gas station! We drank it on and off for years after that and started to brew once […]

Gabrielle Pope, Claire Rivard, Dominic Rivard, Solas Kombucha, New Ross, NS, Canada Q: When did you first discover kombucha? I (Gabrielle) was first introduced to kombucha in Vancouver around 2001, and played the role of the weird fermentation girl until this day. Dominic and I (as his marketing manager) were attending a hard cider conference […]