Kombucha, it's all over the place these days. C&P has been slowing building our kombucha empire for the last couple of years. We started in a teeny tiny off-site kitchen that was more community theatre than Broadway extravaganza. Well, the trial run is over and we're ready for the big time.
Our new venture on Blessington street will house our dedicated kombucha production facility, as well as hosting tea events plus, offer great tea and coffee seven days a week.
But let's get down to the nitty-gritty. Kombucha, what is it all about? In a nutshell, kombucha is a fermented tea drink, naturally carbonated and containing live cultures - just like yoghurt - it's good for your guts! We brew it up in batches with sugar, our premium C&P loose-leaf teas, and the magical scoby (symbiotic culture of bacteria & yeast) both fancy and scientific!
The end result is a fizzy, refreshing, naturally tangy beverage, that is a great alternative to sodas or even... booze! (Gasp!) No really! Kombucha is making the rounds as a great alternative to wine for food pairings as well as popping up in taps at bars and pubs. We are currently brewing up our original certified organic kombucha.
Our Kombucha Flavours
Our certified organic sencha kombucha is a one-two punch of sweet and tangy. We like our kombucha to be a bit brighter, a bit livelier, with a bit of zing! Naturally effervescent, this is the perfect refresher for a sunny day, - or whatever Dublin has on offer.
Rose water & Bay leaf
This unusual combination is one of the most popular flavours we've ever cooked up in the kombucha kitchen! Using our autumn flush organic Darjeeling as the base tea, these flavours blend together for a beautifully balanced beverage that ends on clean floral notes.
What is Kombucha?
Kombucha is a fermented tea rich in healthy acids. It is a healthy alternative to soft drinks, it’s naturally carbonated with a slightly sour/acidic taste.
How much sugar is in our Kombucha?
Sugar in Kombucha is used as a food for yeast and bacteria to kick start the fermentation process. Even though the original dose might be bit higher, the final product is relatively low on sugars.
Can I do sugar free Kombucha?
Not really. As mentioned before, sugar is the energy source for the bacteria to keep it alive. You can choose alternative sugars such as honey or agave, but it is way trickier to keep your SCOBY healthy.
Is there any caffeine?
As Kombucha is made of tea, there will be traces of caffeine. Generally speaking, there is less caffeine in Kombucha that in your average cup of tea due to the ratio of tea to water.
Is Kombucha for everyone?
If you're new to Kombucha, start slowly. Start with smaller doses and see how your body reacts. Depending on the reaction, either stick to a smaller dose or you can start increasing it. You will notice improved digestion and a higher level of energy.
Is Kombucha vegan or gluten-free?
Our Kombucha is vegan and gluten-free.
Can I reuse SCOBY?
SCOBY can be reused. The important thing is to keep your SCOBY healthy and fed even if you’re not using it. Keep it in a glass jar in a little of starter liquid or sweetened tea away from direct sunlight.
What kind of vessel should I use for preparing Kombucha?
Most preferably glass, it’s the safest option for homebrew. Do not use ceramic or plastic containers as they can leak chemicals.
Where can I learn more?
The Big Book of Kombucha by Hannah Crum & Alex LaGory
The Art of Fermentation by Sandor Ellix Katz
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