Kombucha with Katie
Spring is right around the corner, and as you head to local eateries and cafes for your late-semester studying, why not consider a delightful kombucha? Some argue that it’s an acquired taste, and I would completely agree. Like coffee, if you drink it enough, you may start to like it. Kombucha is simply fermented tea...with some bacteria and yeast added in. There’s a plethora of flavours, and you can even make it at home. Grab a scoby and you’ll be on your way. Or, head to your local grocer and pick one up. You might ask, why is it so expensive? Like a craft beer, consider the ingredients and the man hours that go into making a batch. Your average bottle of kombucha costs around five dollars, which is most certainly more than water. You might also wonder, “Can I get drunk off kombucha?” After all, it has less than one percent of alcohol in it from the fermentation process, but legally it is NOT alcohol. Even then, if you consumed litres of the drink, maybe there’s a chance. But then you’d get diarrhea. So, the answer is no.
Here are five common brands of kombucha and how they rate, based on carbonation, sweetness, drinkability (do you want to vomit after?) and bang for your buck.
Healthy Hooch - Pear Ginger flavour
Bang for your buck: $5.79 for 500mL
Consensus: A good balance of “Ew this is healthy”, “Wow this isn’t that sweet but still tastes good” and “OOOO bubbles”.
Rise - Hibiscus and Rose Hips flavour
Bang for your buck: $4.79 for 414mL
Consensus: A bit sweet, but very drinkable.
Dr. Townshend’s Tea Company - Lemon Ginger Cayenne flavour
Bang for your buck: $4.69 for 414mL
Consensus: Feels healthy. Tastes healthy. Turmeric is also a good option, great for the stomach.
Synergy - Divine Grape flavour
Bang for your buck: $4.79 for 480mL
Consensus: If you don’t like kombucha, but want to be cool and drink it anyways, this is the brand for you.
Western Family - Organic Ginger flavour
Bang for your buck: $3.99 for 375mL
Consensus: Tastes remarkably like nail polish remover. Do not recommend.