Kombucha, a fermented tea drink, is gaining visual popularity on social media and in health circles these days. Black-owned kombucha brands may not be as easy to find, but they exist, and they deserve our support!
What is Kombucha?
Kombucha is fermented tea, and sometimes fermented mushrooms, with flavors added to it. Y’all know I love tea, and even though kombucha tastes nothing like the tea that it starts as, it is a delicious and healthy drink. However, kombucha does take getting used to if you are new to it. It is quite fizzy and tangy. I enjoy the process of trying new flavors of kombucha in order to find more that I really love to drink.
Facts About Kombucha
- Kombucha is a living drink.
- It can provide probiotics.
- Some kombucha can be “hard” or like beer, as kombucha and beer are similar in that they are both fermented drinks.
- Possible health benefits of kombucha include:
- lowering blood sugar level
- balancing pH levels
- boosting metabolism
- reducing inflammation
- fighting carcinogens
- … and more!
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Black-Owned Kombucha Brands
1) Sum Bucha
Crafted with a high grade Yerba mate tea blend and locally sourced flavors, Sum Bucha is a Black-owned kombucha brand with goals of remaining as sustainable as possible. They create their kombucha in small batches in North Carolina. Sum Bucha comes in four flavors – Positively Pineapple, Lavender Lemonade, Bee Ginger, and Flower Power. Sum Bucha can be purchased in almost 30 markets, wineries, breweries, and restaurants across North Carolina.
Owner: Alex North
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
How to support Sum Bucha: Follow @sumbucha on Instagram and Like, Share, Comment, and Save their content!
Kemiko Lawrence created Kemboocha™ because of her love for fermented foods and being in good health. Kemboocha flavors include Sun Goddess, Star Goddess, Moon Goddess, Earth Goddess, and she also creates a popular natural remedy tonic – Fire Cider. She provides a library of kombucha recipes to make with Kemboocha on her website, as well! Kemboocha™ can be purchased locally in the Atlanta Metroplex and online at https://www.kemboocha.com.
Owner: Kemiko Lawrence
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
How to support Kemboocha™: Follow and share @kemboocha on Instagram. If you have ever experienced Kemboocha, write a Google review. If you haven’t tried it Kemboocha before, TRY IT! Word of mouth is best, so tell a friend about Kemboocha, as well.
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I love the name “The Cultured Kombucha” because it is a double entendre – culture can stand for the unique and beautiful culture of Black people, and culture can stand for the cultures that result from fermenting tea and making that into a refreshing kombucha drink! Brewed in Washington, DC, this Black woman -owned kombucha company creates seasonal flavors that naturally come and go just as the seasons do. Here are some flavors that you can find at The Cultured Kombucha: Lotus Flower Bomb, Tropic Like It’s Hot, Bug A Boo, and Golden. Currently, The Cultured Kombucha is available for purchase in select stores in the Washington, DC area.
Owner: Milan Durham
Location: Washington, DC
How to support The Culture Kombucha: They are crowdfunding! You can check out their kombucha crowdfunding page on their website, and you can donate here. You can also follow @theculturedkombucha on Instagram.
Brewed with organic ingredients and artesian water in Memphis, Tennessee, Replenish Kombucha shares a crisp and less vinegary kombucha with us. The flavors include Lavender Love, Sweet Ginger, and Hibiscus Berry. They also offer an at home kombucha kit, and elderberry syrup kit, and a Replenish Fire Cider will soon be available. Replenish Kombucha is available for purchase online and locally in Memphis, TN.
Owner: Angel Jackson
Location: Memphis, Tennessee and Bartlett, Tennessee
How to support Replenish Kombucha: Follow @replenishkombucha on Instagram and Like, Share, Comment, and Save their content!
Their flavor lineup includes Black Lives Matter (blackberry, lemon, mango), Ginger Mango Peach, Cherry Bomb, Fruit Punch, Koffee, and Cranny-Apple. You can order Soul Brew Kombucha online or locally in Wisconsin.
Owner: Alesia Miller
How to support Soul Brew Kombucha: Share info about Soul Brew Kombucha and their journey! Purchasing is always great, of course, but follow @mysoulbrew is also an important way to help.
Dallas-based Jewel Probiotics Kombucha is a local Black-owned kombucha brand that I have seen at the Dallas Farmers Market before!
Owner: Jerald Prelow
Location: North Texas
How to support Soul Brew Kombucha: Follow @jewelskombucha on Instagram and Like, Share, Comment, and Save their content!
Final Thoughts on Black-Owned Kombucha Brands
When I saw Jewels Kombucha at the Dallas Farmers Market, I had no idea how few Black-owned kombucha brands existed. After some research, I’m so glad that I now know about all of these beautiful and bubbly brands. Don’t let your support of Black-owned brands in niche areas stop here, though! Keep asking yourself if there are Black-owned brands for the things that you love, and support those brands wholeheartedly.