Frequently asked questions

What is kombucha?


Kombucha is a fermented tea beverage, made by adding a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast (SCOBY) to a solution of tea and sugar. During the course of the fermentation process, the cultures metabolize the sugar and tea components to render a naturally carbonated beverage, with a slightly sweet-tart flavor, full of healthy components like B vitamins, organic acids, antioxidants, and trace amounts of alcohol. Bonabooch Kombucha is served “raw”, whihc means it will be teaming with healthy bacteria and yeast. During a second fermentation, we often add flavorings like ginger, fruit or herbs to give our kombucha unique taste profiles.




What is a SCOBY?


SCOBY means “Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast”. A SCOBY is the mother of kombucha. All the yeast and bacteria contained in the mother convert tea, sugar and water into kombucha. In high-quality kombucha you can see and experience some sediment or a small scoby as an evidence that you’re enjoying a living drink.




Is sugar added to Bonabooch Kombucha?


A lot of people ask us, "Is sugar added to kombucha?" We’re happy to answer! In order for fermentation to occur, there must be three elements:

  1. Tea (made from tea leaves and water)
  2. Specific yeast and bacteria (called SCOBY)
  3. Sugar (we use organic, cane sugar)
The sugar feeds the yeast and bacteria, aiding in its growth. Without sugar, you have no yeast and bacteria. Without yeast and bacteria, you have no kombucha. So in short, yes, there is sugar added to kombucha, but it's what feeds the SCOBY in order to produce the good stuff!




Is there alcohol in Bonabooch Kombucha?


Through fermentation some of the sugar converts to alcohol, and alcohol then converts to vinegar. Trace amounts of alcohol is present in kombucha as a result of natural fermentation. The Bonabooch Kombucha has less than 0.5 % alcohol upon bottling, which is less than fresh squeezed orange juice or a ripe banana.




Do you force carbonate your products?


We do not force carbonate any of our products. Sometimes our kombucha will have slight inconsistencies because it is a live, raw, fermented product. Which means, sometimes it will be very fizzy and sometimes it will be a little flat. If it is a little flat, you can leave it at room temperature for a few hours and some of its fizz will return.




Has Bonabooch Kombucha been pasteurized (is it raw)?


Bonabooch Kombucha is raw and unpasteurized, which preserves all of those wonderful naturally occurring live and active cultures.




What's so special about raw kombucha?


Bonabooch Kombucha is a tasty way to incorporate fermented food into your diet. The fermentation process is what’s so special. Kombucha fermentation creates a mix of naturally occurring live and active cultures, such as:

  1. Beneficial bacteria and yeasts (acetic acetobacter, lactobacillus, saccharomyces) that can help populate the gut with healthy flora to aid in digestion.
  2. Organic acids: acetic acid, lactic acid, propionic acid, glucuronic acid and gluconic acid. These organic acids are known to improve bioavailability of vitamins, prevent accumulation of heavy metals and insoluble oxalates, inhibit pathogenic bacteria, support joint health and modulate immunity.




Can you enjoy kombucha while pregnant?


Although there are no large-scale studies on the effects of drinking kombucha during pregnancy, it may be best to avoid kombucha during pregnancy and breastfeeding because of its small alcohol content and lack of pasteurization.




What is that weird floaty thing in my kombucha?


So…you’ve discovered a floaty thing in your kombucha? What you’ve found is actually a little baby SCOBY or Symbiotic Colony Of Bacteria and Yeast. It is what is used to ferment the tea to make kombucha. Working together, the bacteria and yeast “eat” the caffeine, tannins, and sugar in the liquid and transform them into the lovely effervescent and tangy goodness of kombucha. It’s perfectly safe to drink the scoby if you encounter one in a bottle. At first, it may feel a bit odd but that’s how it is with all new experiences. Embrace it!




How much kombucha can you drink in a day?


We recommend starting with baby steps. The effects of kombucha are individual - some fall in love with the taste, while others notice that it helps with digestion and overall gut health. It’s a good idea to listen to your body and adjust drinking behaviour accordingly. We recommend starting slow with 4 ounces once or twice a day until your body gets used to it.




How much caffeine is there is Bonabooch?


Caffeine is essential for brewing kombucha, yet most of the caffeine is metabolized in the fermentation process. Caffeine levels differ depending on the type of tea used, but what remains is a fraction of what was started with.




How long does it Bonabooch Kombucha last?


Bonabooch Kombucha has a six month best before date. After six months, the kombucha gradually becomes more sour as the kombucha culture continues to slowly ferment in the refrigerated bottle.The fizz will go away after a while, but the kombucha still keeps all of its health benefits. When the kombucha is no longer to your taste as a beverage, we suggest using it as a vinegar substitute or even in your favourite a salad dressing receipe.




What do people say about kombucha’s key health benefits?


Kombucha is often called the “elixir of life”. People have experienced firsthand its healthful properties. Here’s what consumers say when asked how kombucha makes them feel:

  1. increases energy
  2. aids in digestion
  3. supports healthy liver function
  4. balancesthe internal pH
  5. controls hunger
  6. eases constipation
  7. boosts immunity
  8. enhances overall health and wellbeing
  9. just “feel good”
  10. lower bad cholesterol and raise good cholesterol levels in the blood, which can significantly decrease the chances of developing heart disease and/or having a heart attack or stroke.




What does the research say about kombucha's key benefits?


Kombucha has been researched for the last 150 years in labs all over the world from China, India, Serbia, Russia, Germany,Tunisia, Egypt, Iran, Korea and beyond.

  • cholesterol
  • diabetes
  • healthy liver function
  • removing toxins
  • destroying free radicals
  • chemopreventative
  • anti-microbial/anti-fungal properties
Check out google scholar keyword kombucha for specific studies.