We're here to tell you why should put down the soft drinks and alcoholic beverages and make way for the next best probiotic drink which still gives you that same fix!
So what is kombucha and why is it going to be the next best drink to revolutionise supermarket shelves?
What is Kombucha?
Kombucha is a naturally fermented tea drink that contains live prebiotics and probiotics to feed and maintain your gut health alongside a well-balanced diet.
It is brewed using sweetened tea and a live culture - we call a SCOBY, as this stands for a Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeasts. Kombucha was originally known as the “tea of immortality” as it was first recorded back in 220BC! The story goes that a Chinese Dr, Dr Kombu had given this fermented tea drink to the Japanese Emperor and this cured him of his ailments, and they gave this elixir the name of “Dr Kombu’s Tea”, tea in Chinese is “cha” which has given it’s more common name of “Kombu-cha” that we see today.
Kombucha is a fizzy drink, with a sweet yet sour tang to it due to the acetic acid produced during fermentation – A great alternative to sodas and high sugar fruit drinks.
What are the benefits of drinking kombucha?
As Kombucha is a fermented product, research indicates that kombucha is a source of both prebiotics and probiotics. Probiotics are the living microorganisms found in our guts and prebiotics are the dietary fibre necessary to feed our existing microorganisms. Not only is Kombucha rich in probiotics/prebiotics but kombucha is also an antioxidant.
Finished Kombucha also contains small amounts of vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C and B vitamins such as B1, B6 and B12
Why did I decide to start making kombucha?
Having suffered with an autoimmune condition since I was 12, over the years I have learnt how gut health plays an important part in our overall health. In order to manage my condition, diet and lifestyle has played an important part and instead of taking lots of medications or supplements I went on a journey to find natural ways to get the same benefits. A colleague of mine had heard of kombucha before when travelling to Australia and recommended I try it! I managed to source a SCOBY, brewed up my first batch of tea and I waited patiently for it to ferment. I was very sceptical at this stage as the culture looked like it had come from a nutty professor's lab and I am not the biggest tea drinker so I thought this wouldn’t end well. As soon as I started to taste it, I was so surprised how nice it was! It’s light and refreshing with a slight palette cleansing sourness at the end. I was shocked that something so healthy could taste so good! Needless to say I haven’t stopped making it since and after sharing this with family and friends I wanted to make this available to others too.
What is different to Phat Kat's Kombucha compared to others?
We brew our Kombucha a little differently and our "Phat Kat's Original" kombucha is made using butterfly pea flower which is a naturally blue flower and when using this with kombucha the flower changes colour due to a natural chemical reaction with the acetic acid in kombucha, giving it a bright purple colour!
Did you know if you add lemon to this it will continue changing colour and will eventually turn pink with more acidity! This is a great showstopper mocktail/cocktail for when guests are coming over!
So where can we find Phat Kat's Kombucha and join the soft drink revolution?
We are based in Horsham, West Sussex and we offer free local delivery around the area. We are based at Horsham Market every Saturday along with various events across the South East of England. If you don't manage to see us there then we are featured in a variety of shops in Horsham town centre.
We do also offer next day delivery nationwide!
Check us out today!