Alla Shapiro and Vanessa Tortolano, NessAlla Kombucha, Madison, WI, USA

Q: When did you first discover Kombucha?
Alla-I began brewing kombucha in the late ’90s after being introduced to it by my herbal teacher. I was instantly hooked.
Vanessa-I was working at the local coop in 2007 and started noticing a lot of Gt’s kombucha going through the check out lines and I was intrigued. After I tried it, I loved it and learned that I could brew my own.

Q: Why did you start your own Kombucha company?

We are both herbalists and wanted to have a product that we were both passionate about and is also something that would benefit the people in our community. Kombucha was a natural choice for us.

Q: What is your favorite flavor of kombucha? (a brand that is not your own)?

One Breath Beverage out of Hood River, OR. We like their Be Love flavor, it’s delish!

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

We are both Mothers and Vanessa is super into doing stand up comedy these days. Alla is getting back into her herbal roots and doing private consultations on the side and for people that stay at the Camp Cabarita Eco Lodge in Jamaica.

Q: What is a saying that you live by?

Or… Cash rules everything around me, dolla, dolla bills y’all….. just kidding!