What is Kombucha?

A naturally fermented tea drink that is gaining in popularity due to its unique taste and health benefits. Kombucha is produced in a fermentation process where tea, sugar and a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast come together. This combination of ingredients creates a fizzy, sour and slightly sweet drink that is enjoyed around the world.

Fun Fact About Kombucha

Did you know that kombucha has been around for thousands of years and originated in China? This naturally carbonated and fermented beverage has been produced since ancient Chinese times and later spread to other Asian countries. Kombucha is now becoming increasingly popular around the world for its unique taste and health benefits. It is truly a combination of ancient tradition and modernity!

Production Steps

The production of kombucha involves several important steps:


Tea preparation

High-quality tea leaves are brewed in hot water to extract the flavour and beneficial substances.



Sugar is added to the brewed tea to provide the nutrients needed for fermentation.



The sweetened tea is mixed with SCOB and left to ferment for a period of time. In the fermentation process, SCOB consumes sugars and converts them into organic acids, vitamins, enzymes and probiotics.


Flavouring and carbonisation

Once fermentation is complete, the kombucha can be flavoured with various fruits, herbs or spices. It is then bottled and naturally carbonated during the secondary fermentation stage.



Finally, the kombucha is packaged and prepared for consumption.

Benefits for consumers

Benefits of drinking kombucha:



The fermentation process produces beneficial bacteria and yeasts called probiotics, which promote healthy gut flora and improve digestion.



Kombucha contains antioxidants that help fight free radicals and reduce oxidative stress in the body.


Improves digestion

The organic acids in this drink, such as acetic acid, can aid digestion and promote nutrient absorption.



Some studies suggest that kombucha may help the body to detoxify thanks to its antioxidant and probiotic properties.


Boosting immunity

The fermentation process also creates vitamins such as vitamin C, B vitamins and minerals that can help boost the immune system.

Quality of Kombucha in the European Union:

Produced in the European Union, kombucha is known for its high quality and strict production standards. The EU has strict regulatory requirements for food safety and labelling to ensure that consumers can trust the products they buy. Kombucha producers in the EU region strive to source high quality ingredients, use sustainable production methods and maintain consistent product quality.

When you choose a kombucha from EU producers, you can rely on the safety and authenticity of the product. The EU places great emphasis on ensuring quality control at every stage of production, from sourcing ingredients to fermentation and packaging.

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