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 reminded me of that Orbitz drink made by Clearly Canadian that had balls of gelatin suspended in juice. As a kid I was in awe of those bottles and loved the idea of chewing and drinking simultaneously.

Q: Why did you start your own kombucha company?

Mortal Kombucha began as a place to pour my creative energy. I wanted to make something super healthy that had a wry sense of humor and was ridiculously approachable. Mortal is the culmination of the things I believe in: Healthy doesn’t have to be serious, flavor makes life interesting, bubbles make everything better and don’t eat too much sugar, but a little bit is a-okay (i’m type 1 diabetic – so I take that last one pretty seriously).

Q: What is your favorite flavor of kombucha? 

I love that seasonal flavor that Health-Ade makes for the holidays. It’s like drinking Christmas with a bunch of ginger on top.

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

My other life is working as a Creative Director in the advertising industry.

Q: What is a saying that you live by?

I’m currently following this motto: “Make stuff. Eat fruits. Cry a little. Be a rainbow.”