FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is kombucha?
Kombucha is sometimes called “mushroom” tea, but the “mushroom” is a SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast). Kombucha is an ancient tea that has been around for centuries. Think of it as a functional living drink that is tart, fizzy and served cold made from fermented tea.
Kombucha ingredients are simple. Water, tea, sugar, kombucha culture, and pure juice. Probiotics, yeast, amino acids, live enzymes, lactic acid, acetic acid, and B vitamins are produced from the fermentation process.
Does it contain caffeine or alcohol?
Caffeine is naturally occurring tea leaves from the Camellia Sinensis plant (the tea leaf). However, most of the caffeine is metabolized during the fermentation process. But yes, kombucha has trace amounts of caffeine - similar to amounts found in white or green teas.
Kombucha is naturally fermented, and fermentation is how alcohol is produced in beer and other alcoholic beverages. However, the kombucha fermentation process produces low alcohol content, about the same amount of alcohol as an over-ripe piece of fruit. There is no more than 0.5%, so it is a non-alcoholic refreshment.
CAN PREGNANT WOMEN OR CHILDREN DRINK IT?
Like many food and beverages on the market, it’s a personal choice. Kombucha is known to have detoxifying effects in the body. However, we recommend you consult your physician should you need medical advice during your pregnancy.
As for children, it is another personal choice. While the caffeine content is very low, smaller humans are more sensitive just from their size. Kombucha is not recommended for babies.
HOW MUCH CAN I DRINK?
Here at Spark kombucha, we can’t get enough of it. But if you are new to kombucha, we recommend that you start off with 4 ounces a day, increase to what suits you, and limit your intake to 1 litre per day.
Kombucha activates your GI track. If you drink too much for your body constitution, ahem…you might have an extra visit to the restroom.
WHY DO PEOPLE DRINK KOMBUCHA?
WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY KOMBUCHA ON TAP (KOT)?
People are enjoying fermented food because they know that probiotics help to aid in digestion, absorb nutrients, rid the body of toxins, clean up the digestive system, and boost immunity. Fermented foods also contain amino acids, beneficial yeasts, live enzymes, B vitamins and beneficial acids.
KOT uses the same draught dispensing as beer and wine. With the pull of a tap handle, our cold kombucha is forced by way of pressurized gas through food-safe lines to a waiting glass or growler.
Our product is ethical and cruelty-free that uses carefully selected ingredients that using zero animal or animal byproducts from sourcing to production to packaging. Meaning, vegetarians and vegans can seek out Kombucha as an excellent source of B vitamins as an alternative to consuming supplements.
Providing KOT programs to communities, businesses and consumers is our commitment to sustainable business processes to reduce single-use packaging and prevent wasteful practices in the beverage industry.
I STILL HAVE QUESTIONS...
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