Meet Our Members – Kombucharista (NY)

Brendan Multala, Kombucharista, Rochester, NY

Q: When did you first discover kombucha?

A: I remember it so clearly! I was in about eighth grade and I saw a Kevita bottle in the cooler section while shopping with my mom and thought “Oh, this is new and interesting.” It took a bit to convince my mom to purchase it, since the cost of kombucha can begin to add up, but I absolutely loved the taste of the Lemon Cayenne kombucha that Kevita offered and solely drank that for years. Once I got my first job, I admittedly spent a large percentage of my paycheck on kombucha.

Q: Why did you start your own kombucha company?

A: I truthfully did not intend on owning a business. I witnessed my dad owning businesses growing up and saw what a challenge it could be at times, along with how much grit someone needs to have to follow through. Once I graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with my B.S. in Economics, however, I was able to better analyze the market. I quickly realized there were flavors that were missing from the marketplace, those being cocktail flavored kombucha. I began experimenting with a mule flavor and realized I had found my niche. That is how Kombucharista was born; I wanted to make a mocktail that didn’t have added simple syrups or soda for consumers that don’t drink but wanted a product that could also be mixed with liquor to create a healthier, classic cocktail. Everyone wins!

Q: What is your favorite flavor of kombucha?

A: To this day, the very first flavor I tried when I was 13 is still my favorite. The Kevita brand has a Cayenne Lemon flavor that is refreshing and light; even though I have seemingly unlimited amounts of my own kombucha I still find myself putting numerous bottles in my shopping cart.

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

A: I have been a server or bartender since I was 18, and I still am. I have met amazing customers who want to support my business so I am still part time in the service industry (for now).

Q: What is a saying that you live by?

A: I have had a quote written down that I keep by my desk since my last semester of college. It says, “Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right.” It’s a quote by Henry Ford that reminds me to go with my gut. It’s gotten me this far so I think it’s been a good reminder!



Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on email
KBI Admin

KBI Admin

On Key

Related Posts

Hawaii Community Foundation

Funds for the Hawaii Community Foundation Aloha KBI Brewery Member, As you are most likely aware, the island of Maui is suffering right now after