For the kombucha connoisseur, there are options aplenty on store shelves right now.  And whether you are advanced level or virgin in this kombucha situation, we recently gave Brew Dr. a try and have good things to report. The brand got the attention of Hollywood Hippy because the tea company not only produces kombucha using a natural process but also prioritizes low impact business practices.

 

What exactly is kombucha, anyway?  

 

Kombucha is a tea beverage, made from white, green, oolong or black tea and fermented with cane sugar to produce a refreshing, slightly acidic-tasting, carbonated drink.  

 

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photos courtesy Brew Dr. Kombucha

 

Brew Dr. Kombucha

 

Brew Dr.  Kombucha is developed, brewed and packaged completely in-house, from leaf to bottle.  They source locally wherever possible and ensure that every ingredient is certified organic, gluten-free and non-GMO.

 

There are nine flavors on the market: Citrus Hops, White Rose, Superberry, Spiced Apple, Nutritonic, Love, Lemon Ginger Cayenne, Just Ginger and Clear Mind.

 

The Clear Mind flavor is made from herbs like rosemary and sage, which have been recognized for their ability to assist with mental clarity and focus.  The “Nutritonic” flavor, which features nutrient-rich herbs like nettle, alfalfa and yerba mate, is great for maintaining health and wellness.

 

Health Benefits

 

Matt Thomas, CEO of Brew Dr. Kombucha says, “We sell our product as simply a beverage, not medicine or a supplement. So I stick to the science when talking about the health benefits. And what is measurable scientifically is that raw kombucha contains beneficial bacteria, such as acetic acetobacter that together with a mix of yeasts help populate the gut with probiotic flora to aid in digestion. It also contains all-important organic acids: acetic acid, lactic acid, propionic acid, glucuronic acid and gluconic acid. These are known to improve the bioavailability of vitamins, help flush the body of free radicals like heavy metals and insoluble oxalates, halt the proliferation of pathogenic bacteria, support joint health, assist the immune system and prevent cancer proliferation.”

 

Is there alcohol or caffeine?

 

While ethanol is a natural byproduct of fermentation, Brew Dr. Kombucha has developed a proprietary way to carefully control the alcohol content, making sure all of their kombucha is well below the limit to be sold as a non-alcoholic beverage.

 

And while kombucha starts out as brewed tea, most of the caffeine is consumed during fermentation.

 

So if you’re feeling sluggish and want a nice alternative to the coffee or tea fix you’re craving, you might want to pick up some Brew Dr. Kombucha.
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