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Kombucha's Roots

Tonicka Kombucha has been brewed and inspired into existence for many reasons, but none more so than a need for an honest, organic drink that doesn't hide anything from you. In fact, we want you to know as much as possible about what you're drinking.

Kombucha is a living drink that has an abundance of healthy living yeasts and bacteria (probiotics), which are important for your gut health. These can aid with cleansing and detoxifying your body. By using anti-oxidants from the green tea, acids, healthy yeasts and bacteria from the "mother" culture, we employ a healthy army of goodness working for you. 

Our Tonicka Kombucha is rare in the fact that we have taken the kombucha health claims beyond internet research and case studies - we have invested heavily in laboratory testing to ensure that we know what our "mother cultures" are producing. 

What is a SCOBY?
You may have heard of a key component of kombucha, referred to as S.C.O.B.Y. This stands for: Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast. This is the "mother". 

A symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast is the funny looking thing on top of the fermenting kombucha. Kombucha's healthy yeasts need sugar in order to live and thrive. Whilst the sugar is a necessity to make you this health drink, do not worry - we only use enough to feed the culture within the drink. This then turns into acetic acid, which provides the vinegary undertone that is a general hallmark flavour of good kombuchas.

A short history of kombucha: 
There are many stories of where and when the beverage was first created or discovered. There are also many forms of and variations on the drink depending on where in the world you are.

The story we are most fond of is where the Russians found Kombucha being used in China. Upon noticing that the people drinking this fermented tea seemed to have had longevity compared to their counterparts, they took the methods back with them. It has since been popularly known as Kvass. From there it made its way around Europe and on to the rest of the world from there.

Around 20-30 years ago it gained popularity in Australia as a home brew. For most, it kind of went by the way side because people didn't have the resources and access to the knowledge they now have to continually brew and care for the culture.

This is where the authenticity and sophistication of Tonicka Kombucha joins the rich history of kombucha.