Since KBI’s inception in 2014, brands have been asking for an opportunity to compete and be judged. Now that the Kombucha Code of Practice has been launched, we are ready to increase Kombucha’s profile across the globe. Kombucha Kup “Awards of Excellence” time is finally here!
There is no better way to celebrate, judge, admire, critique, and ultimately encourage excellence while creating marketing opportunities for our category like the launch of our awards program. Building on the Kombucha Flavor Flower, we are offering our first-ever “Kombucha Kup” which will be awarded at the end of KombuchaKon22 – Leveling Up.
We have world-class judges – a blend of tasting experts and Kombucha lovers – which means all entrants will receive vital feedback to improve their products. Gold, Silver & Bronze will be awarded for each of the categories outlined below. Since it’s our first year, entries and categories are limited and will expand in years to come.
Kombucha Kup entries are now open for KBI Members! Non-members slots and additional entries will be opened in January of 2022. Each brand may enter as many categories as they like and are limited to three entries to encourage diverse competition.
Each category has 24 slots available. If you are uncertain which category best fits your mixed flavor profiles, select the one that is listed first on the ingredients list.
Kombucha has 5 categories; each of the remaining categories does not have a flavor category at this time so any flavor may be entered. We anticipate these will expand in future years.
- Tea is to kombucha as grapes are to wine!
- Ginger/Spice (Ginger, Turmeric, Galangal, Cayenne, etc.)
- Spice of life!
- The darker the berry, the sweeter the booch!
- Floral/Herbs (Lavender, Rose, Elderflower, Mint, Thyme, Oregano, etc.)
- Flower Power!
- So “hoppy” together!
- All Flavors
- All Flavors
- $119 for the first entry
- 2 entries for $219
- 3 entries $299
- $99 per additional entry after 3
- $299 per entry
*To receive KBI member pricing, must be a KBI member in good standing and pay dues through April 2022 when awards are given out. Any changes in member status may result in higher fees or a loss of entry status if dues are not paid in timely fashion. KBI reserves all rights to refuse any entries. All awards are selected by consensus of the judges.
Shipping Your Kombucha
ATTN: Kitchen Staff
333 E E Ocean Blvd
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between March 20 and March 27, 2022. Be sure to write “REFRIGERATE UPON ARRIVAL” on the package.
Build the Ballot
Judging craft beverages and foodstuffs is a sensual endeavor. All of the senses are involved in the process. We have outlined the qualities that our judges will be evaluating to tease out the winners of the Kombucha Kup “Awards of Excellence.”
- Still, sparkling
- Filtered vs Unfiltered
- Mixture vs solution (how well mixed are the ingredients in the liquid)
- Culture strands or not
- Base tea – absent/present – attributes
- Specialty ingredients (flavors & additives)
- Fermentation attributes – esters
- Off flavors
- Related to base tea
- Related to fermentation
- Mouthfeel – tasting fizz