Willie Kennon, Rogue Kombucha, Grants Pass, OR

Q: When did you first discover kombucha?

A: I started drinking kombucha around 2011

Q: Why did you start your own kombucha company?

A: A friend of mine started Rogue Kombucha back in 2013 and was making the best-tasting kombucha I had ever tasted. Unfortunately, in 2020, when the pandemic hit, he had to close his doors. He presented the opportunity for me to purchase the company from him, and I couldn’t stand to see such an amazing product that so many people loved disappear from our community. The price was right, and I saw the potential to create something big that could ‘Cultivate Change from Within.

Q: What is your favorite flavor of kombucha? 

A: Hopped Grapefruit by Humm

Q: What is your former/current other life or career? 

A: I am currently a Recreational marijuana farmer and father of 3

Q: What is a saying that you live by?

A: Don’t talk about it, be about it.

Salonii Hamirwasia, Zoh Probiotics, Mumbai, Maharashtra, IND

Q: When did you first discover kombucha?

A: I first discovered kombucha in 2003

Q: Why did you start your own kombucha company?

A: My mission is to make fermented foods accessible to everyone, empowering them to create their probiotic wonders at home.

Q: What is your favorite flavor of kombucha? 

A: Lapsang Souchong or Lavender

Q: What is your former/current other life or career? 

A: Expert Sports Nutritionist – International Olympic Committee, Switzerland

Q: What is a saying that you live by?

A: Be Honest, Be Kind, and Be Loyal … Before You Be Anything Else

 

Jordi Dalmau, MUN KOMBUCHA, Barcelona, Spain

Q: When did you first discover kombucha?

A: I discovered kombucha for health reasons. The organic acids in kombucha help me with liver detoxification, which is challenging due to Gilbert’s Syndrome..

Q: Why did you start your own kombucha company?

A: I started my own kombucha company because the positive impact of kombucha on my health and well-being was so profound that I felt compelled to share it with others. In 2015, I decided to establish my own kombucha brewery and began selling it.

Q: What is your favorite flavor of kombucha? 

A: Arbucha Kombucha Thyme and Mint

Q: What is your former/current other life or career? 

A: Engineer

Q: What is a saying that you live by?

A: Do or do not, there is no try.

Fabio M. Silva, Bombooch Kombucha, Taipa, Macau, CHN

Q: When did you first discover kombucha?

A: I first discovered kombucha in 2019.

Q: Why did you start your own kombucha company?

A: I joined Bombooch for two reasons. First, I believe in the brand’s philosophy of leaving the world better than we found it. This commitment is reflected in our sustainable packaging choices, green sourcing, and the positive impact our product has on customers who feel better after enjoying Bombooch.

B: The second reason is that, from the first sip, I could tell it is a drink that puts the ‘FUN’ in functional. While soda depletes, kombucha replenishes with its highly customizable and fun flavor profiles.

Q: What is your favorite flavor of kombucha? 

A: Soul K Kombucha from Spain, specifically the Super Roots flavor.

Q: What is your former/current other life or career? 

A: Football Academy Development and Coaching

Q: What is a saying that you live by?

A: The best way to predict the future is to create it.

 

Nicholas Delbert Robertson, Rare Combinations LLC, Riverside, CA

Q: When did you first discover kombucha?

A: I first discovered kombucha 2016

Q: How long have you worked with the Kombucha Industry?

A: I have worked with the kombucha industry for 6 years.

Q: What is your favorite flavor of kombucha? 

A: Everlasting Ferments

Q: What is your former/current other life or career?  

A: PhD Student

Q: What is a saying that you live by?

A: Innovation lies at the intersection of fields

 

 

Mika Tanimoto, TSUBOICHI TEA PLACE , Takaishi City, Osaka, JPN

Q: When did you first discover kombucha?

A: I tried my first Kombucha in 2020, and it was from a foreign country (though I’m not sure which one).

Q: Why did you start your own kombucha company?

A: We are originally a Japanese tea manufacturing company, established in 1850. Currently, we are working to preserve Japanese tea culture and showcase the potential of Japanese tea leaves to the world. We believe that by crafting Japanese kombucha with our expertise as tea specialists, we can achieve these goals.

Tea holds a significant place in Japanese culture. While people in Japan used to enjoy loose tea leaves with teapots, nowadays, the majority prefer bottled tea. Consequently, many Japanese beverage companies seek to purchase low-cost tea leaves, often third or fourth harvested leaves, regardless of their quality.

Given this context, Japanese tea culture is facing a crisis. The price of first-harvested green tea leaves, the primary source of income for tea farmers, is declining. This has led to a decline in the number of tea farmers, and current statistics indicate that the average yearly income of tea farmers is only $6,300 USD.

Our brand statement is, “‘IPPUKU’ makes this world more beau-TEA-ful!” ‘IPPUKU’ means ‘Tea break’ in Japanese. We believe that our products can make people around the world (including tea farmers, our brewers, and customers) see more sparkle and beauty through our brand.”

Q: What is your favorite flavor of kombucha? 

A: I liked all the flavors I tried from MUNKOMBUCHA in Spain.

Q: What is your former/current other life or career? 

A: Special education teacher.

Q: What is a saying that you live by?

A: Today is the first day of rest of my life!

 

Aurelija Lapieniene, Yala Kombucha, Mina Port Abu Dhabi, UAE

Q: When did you first discover kombucha?

A: I discovered kombucha in 2016.

Q: Why did you start your own kombucha company?

A: Motivated by passion and willingness to make a positive impact on society, in a region where diabetes is the foremost health concern.

Q: What is your favorite flavor of kombucha? 

A: REAL Kombucha Dry Dragon

Q: What is your former/current other life or career? 

A: Asset Management, Financial Markets

Q: What is a saying that you live by?

A: If everything seems under control, you are going too slow.

 

Melissa Mak, Fizzicle Kombucha and Kefir, Singapore

 

Q: When did you first discover kombucha?

A: In 2012, upon returning to Singapore, I experienced IBS from my travels. At that time, a friend suggested incorporating fermented foods into my diet, and it healed my gut problems.

Q: Why did you start your own kombucha company?

A: We are the Maks! Our ancient surname before its final evolution actually meant fermentation starter. For the most part, we are doing it due to tradition and in honor of our ancestry.

Q: What is your favorite flavor of kombucha? 

A: Any flavor from Blissful Bombooch!

Q: What is your former/current other life or career?

A: Sports Studies Lecturer

Q: What is a saying that you live by?

A: Let’s get Fizzicle/Physical? I am a sports teacher after all.

Alex Himmelbauer, Kombucha Vallesana, Mexico, Uruguay

 

 

Q: When did you first discover kombucha?

A: It was recommended to me 6 years ago for my digestive problems.

Q: Why did you start your own kombucha company?

A: Because of the change and impact, it made in my life.  I went from being an audio engineer with an upset stomach to brewing kombucha in the middle of the woods. And winning 2 gold medals in the Original kombucha category.

Q: What is your favorite flavor of kombucha? 

A: Original kombucha

Q: What is your former/current other life or career?

A: Audio Engineer

Q: What is a saying that you live by?

A: No hay mal que por bien no venga (Every cloud has a silver lining)

Ines Magri, Bendita Kombucha, Uruguay

Q: When did you first discover kombucha?

A: I first discovered Kombucha through a health blog in the US. I went there on a holiday and rushed to the nearest store to buy a GTs Kombucha. It was love at first sip.

Q: Why did you start your own kombucha company?

A: I started home brewing and soon afterwards I had made all my friends and family try it. It wasn’t long before I wanted to share Kombucha with everyone who wanted to try it. And that is how Bendita was born, I wanted to share the love. 

Q: What is your favorite flavor of kombucha? 

A: GTs Rose Kombucha

Q: What is your former/current other life or career?

A: I’m an Architect with a Masters Degree in Bioclimatic Architecture

Q: What is a saying that you live by?

A: Don’t be eye candy, be soul food.