It is not the fact that it is nutritious, not that it is full of prebiotics and it is great for your guts. The important thing is that I love it's taste and find it just wonderful that I can make a beverage at home, something that it is tasty, good for me and do not have a pay a whole lot of money for it.
I really got addicted to Kombucha from the first sip.
I had heard about it many years ago from my beloved Sandor Katz the king of Fermentation but I could not find it in Greece.
Had searched online but the information here was limited, there was a group that talked about it but I could not get more info..
Traveling to USA and AUS gave me the opportunity to taste the real thing but still I was not able to find and get some Scoby, this gelatinous substance that turned the sweet tea into the Kombucha.
Till I met Δημήτρη Κονταράτο a young Greek chef and food technologist that really works with food flavors, fermentation etc..
He immediately sent me a Scoby and I was on my way...
But let's see what is actually Kombucha.
It is a refreshment made from sweet Fermented black tea.
The thing that makes the magic is called a Scoby an acronym from “symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast".
So you add the scoby in the tea, let it ferment and in the end you have the combucha. Similar to Kefir but instead of milk you use tea.
When your Kombucha is ready you strain it into bottles and make some new tea where you put the scoby and some of your kombucha and you start the next cycle of fermentation.
So, let's see what we will need to make the Kombucha.