kombucha

Kombucha: Powerful Healer or Risky Business?

WebMD questioned the safety of kombucha in an article this week so World Tea News spent some time exploring this unusual beverage. The process of making kombucha involves fermenting tea leaves for 7-10 days with a mix of live cultures called a SCOBY or “symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast” and sugar. The resulting...

Federal Authorities Warn Manufacturers to Limit Alcohol in Kombucha

Five years ago the threat of legal action against retailers of kombucha, a fermented tea, precipitated a crisis that led many firms, including Whole Foods Market, to pull all kombucha from their shelves because trace amounts of alcohol exceeded federal limits. Manufacturers initiated expensive voluntary recalls. In most instances the tea left the manufacturer...

Entrepreneur Mag Highlights Kombucha Biz

Leslie Crews, founder of Kombuchick, earned the attention of Entrepreneur Magazine this month. Based in Norfolk, Va., Kombuchick is a kombucha microbrewer. Crews came to the attention of the magazine through a speaking engagement with Old Dominion University. She’d been asked to give a talk through the President’s Lecture Series at the school, “From...

Tea Hits Lists for Food Trends 2015

As we try to retrain our brains to write the correct year on our paperwork, it is also the moment when the prognosticators begin to announce the “new food trends for next year.” In 2014 tea was a common entry on these lists. The Food Channel predicted we’d see more “low tea” due to...