Category: Kombucha Tea
We have all surely heard by now that modern life can be damaging to our gut health, and that the key to restoration could be beneficial bacteria. But how do kombucha and yogurt measure up in terms of probiotics?
Bacteria and gut health
When we talk about gut health we are usually referring to the gut microbiome. This is the colony of bacteria that lives in our intestine and supports the body in a number of ways. Made up of hundreds of different strains of bacteria, the delicate balance can be disrupted and we end up with more bad bacteria than good. Clearly this can impact our health in many ways. Not always obvious as illness or disease, an imbalance in the gut flora can show up in subtle ways such as lack of energy or digestive issues. Stress, too much sugar or processed foods, antibiotics, and chemical preservatives, can all disrupt the gut microbiome.
Kombucha and yogurt
Kombucha and yogurt can both introduce more beneficial bacteria to the body. This helps to rebuild the flora and maintain gut health, leading to improved digestion and a healthy immune system.
Kombucha is made from green or black tea. Fermented with a SCOBY, a culture of bacteria and yeasts, the resulting drink retains many of the beneficial bacteria. You can find out here why the tea in kombucha is so important.
Yogurt is fermented milk. It is traditionally a dairy product, yet vegan yogurt is growing in popularity. Kefir is another fermented milk product. We explore the kefir vs kombucha debate.
The obvious difference is that yoghurt is a food and kombucha is a drink. They both contain different bacteria so there is no reason not to enjoy both. The goal of eating fermented foods is to include a wide a range of beneficial bacteria, plus any extra nutritional benefits of the products themselves. Such as antioxidant green tea in kombucha. Or the calcium in cows milk.
If you are new to fermented foods, just don’t overdo it. Introduce new foods slowly and listen to what your body is telling you.
You can use kombucha to make your own yogurt. Made in much the same way as standard yogurt, kombucha yogurt gives you the best of both worlds.
Although you can use the SCOBY to ferment yogurt, it is also possible to use the kombucha itself. Use full fat dairy milk and a high quality organic kombucha. You can even play about with different flavours and see which you like best. Try our mango kombucha for a tropical fruity finish.
It is best to use jars with lids, like Mason jars for your kombucha yogurt. It should be ready in 24 hours, so no need to burp the jars.
For 1 litre milk, use 200ml kombucha.
Scald the milk to about 85C – you can guesstimate it, just do not let it boil. Remove from the heat and cool to about 45C. Again, feel free to guesstimate. It should be hot, but not too hot that you can’t keep a (clean) finger in it. A bit warmer than body temperature. Stir in the kombucha and leave in a warm place for at least 24 hrs.
Coconut yogurt made with kombucha
You can also make coconut yogurt with kombucha, replacing the dairy milk with a blend of coconut milk (the canned stuff) and coconut cream (to make it thicker).
Fermentation is more about trial and error than standardised recipes. Some attempts are more successful than others. If your kombucha yogurt is not as thick as you would like it, then you can still use it in baking or in smoothies.
Kombucha yogurt smoothie
Making a kombucha yogurt smoothie is an ideal way to combine the benefits of kombucha and yogurt, and gives a delightfully tangy flavour. You can use any probiotic yogurt you like. We use fruit powders for an easy nutrient boost, with a frozen banana for added texture.
1 banana, frozen in chunks
2 tsp Australian berry powder
1 cup yogurt
- Blitz together in a blender and serve.
TIP – to make frozen banana easier to blend, remove it from the freezer and allow to thaw for 10 minutes before using. It makes a lovely creamy smoothie that way.
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Although the clue is in the name, chances are that tea is not the first thing that springs to mind when you think of kombucha.
Good for your gut. Sure.
Fizzy. Fermented. Sour.
All of the above. Yet unless you make your own kombucha, does it even occur to you that kombucha is made from tea?
Let’s dwell on that for a moment.
Kombucha tea ingredients
Kombucha is made from five ingredients. Water, tea, and sugar, plus bacteria and yeast in the form of the SCOBY. This is left alone to ferment. The SCOBY is the live culture responsible for fermentation, a process that involves turning sugar to alcohol and alcohol to organic acids. It is similar to how rice vinegar is made.
Whilst we are busy concentrating on the amount of sugar in kombucha, or whether kombucha is alcoholic, ( a good scientifically correct kombucha has no remaining sugar or alcohol) tea is quietly getting on with its job. Turns out, tea is actually the most important ingredient in kombucha.
Why does kombucha need tea?
Tea not only makes booch taste great, and has some bonafide benefits to health, but it plays an integral part in the fermentation process too. Sugar plays an important part, but it is also the various compounds in the tea leaves that support the life of the SCOBY.
Is there caffeine in tea?
Caffeine occurs naturally in the plant camellia sinensis from which all true teas are harvested yet caffeine content in tea varies widely. Tea also contains an amino acid called l-theanine which works synergistically with caffeine to induce a state of calm alertness, as oppose to the rollercoaster ride of a coffee caffeine-high.
There are many factors that determine the caffeine content of tea. Although black tea is widely considered to have more caffeine than green tea, this may not always be the case. Some types of Japanese green tea, for instance, have more caffeine as they are grown in the shade and only the tips are harvested. Assam, a tea varietal found in many black teas, is naturally high in caffeine.
So, does kombucha have caffeine it it?
As with tea, the caffeine content of kombucha varies. The type of tea used, and the specifics of the brewing process, can affect the results. What is important to know is that less caffeine comes out than goes in because caffeine is used up in the fermentation reaction. Something involving nitrogen.
What teas can you use to make kombucha?
Kombucha needs true tea to grow and thrive. That’s black, green, white or oolong tea (or a combination). Herbal teas, such as peppermint or chamomile, are herbs not true teas so will not provide the right nutrients for fermentation. They can be used, with a healthy SCOBY, to brew up a batch or two but as part of the continual fermentation process that is kombucha they will not support the ongoing health of the culture.
It goes without saying that organic tea is preferable. Not only could pesticide residues inhibit fermentation but they will end up in your brew too.
Here at PepTea we only produce organic kombucha from green tea.
Kombucha green tea benefits
One of the major health benefits of kombucha is that it carries all the antioxidant benefits of the tea that it was made from. Green tea is particularly rich in antioxidant polyphenols, and studies have shown it to have numerous benefits to health.
Antioxidants prevent cell damage and inflammation. Green tea is a particularly rich source of EGCG, a powerful antioxidant of the group known as catechins. L-theanine has anti-anxiety properties which together with brain boosting caffeine can improve long term brain function. Green tea is also said to improve fat burning, reduce blood sugar and improve insulin sensitivity, and help prevent cardiovascular disease.
Not only is kombucha the ideal alternative to fizzy sodas (which can be sugar-laden, chemical-laden, or both) but it makes the perfect mixer for alcoholic drinks. Serve it straight up with a shot or two of something simple or get creative with an endless array of kombucha cocktails.
Adding alcohol to kombucha
As a fermented product all kombucha can contain trace amounts of alcohol. Pep Tea does not make it, but Hard kombucha, whether store bought or homemade, is brewed so that the alcohol content is higher (up to 7.6%). So it can be enjoyed in a way similar to beer, wine or cider. Hard kombucha is sold as an alcoholic drink, and will always be labelled as such.
Another way to add alcohol to normal kombucha is to use it as a mixer, in place of soft drinks. The sharp, yet slightly sweet, tangy flavours and fermented fizz, make it the ideal companion to alcohol. Added to gin in place of tonic, or to wine for a cooling spritzer, the flavours of kombucha are really suited for purpose.
When it comes to getting creative with mixology, kombucha cocktails open up new avenues of possibility.
Kombucha cocktail recipes
Lime and ginger kombucha mojito
4 x mint leaves
1 measure fresh lime juice
1 measure white rum
3 measures lime and ginger kombucha
- Add the mint leaves to the glass with the lime juice and a teaspoon of sugar if you wish. Press the mint leaves into the juice to release the flavours (a process known as muddling).
- Add ice cubes.
- Pour over the rum and then the kombucha.
- Add more kombucha if you want a longer drink.
Lemon balm leaves make a nice alternative to mint.
Apple and pomegranate booch sangria
1 bottle light red wine
2 bottles apple and pomegranate kombucha
1/2 cup brandy
1/4 cup honey
2 apples, cut into chunks
2 pomegranates, cut into chunks
1 orange, cut into chunks
- Stir all of the ingredients together in a large jug or punch bowl.
- Stand for at least 4 hours before serving.
Ginger kombucha hot toddy
1 measure whisky
3/4 cup ginger kombucha
2 tsp honey
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 cinnamon stick
1 star anise
- Heat everything together in a pan until just before boiling point.
- Tip everything into a glass and sip as soon as it is bearable.
Mango mimosa kombucha cocktail
fresh mango juice
- Combine equal measure of all ingredients.
- Serve chilled.
Kefir and kombucha are both traditional fermented drinks. Said to have some impressive health benefits, they are both enjoying mainstream popularity right now. Kefir is dairy based, although non-dairy versions do exist, whilst kombucha is made from sweet black or green tea.
But in the battle of kefir vs kombucha, which one is a winner for you?
What is the difference between kefir and kombucha?
Kombucha is low calorie and contains no protein, fat or fibre. Analysis has shown some kombucha to contain vitamins A, B and C plus minerals zinc, copper, iron and manganese. Dairy kefir is much higher in calories yet has a full range of nutrients with fat, protein, carbs and fibre. It also contains vitamins A and D, plus calcium and sodium.
Although kombucha and kefir are both fermented drinks, they are very different. Not only do they look and taste different, the starter and the fermentation process are different too. Kombucha is fermented using a scoby, which is a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast, held together by a network of sugars. It is added to sweetened tea and the mixture fermented for up to 30 days. Kefir grains are also a colony of bacteria and yeast held in sugars, but they form small translucent ‘grains’ rather than the mushroom like mass of the scoby. Added to milk, fruit juice, water or coconut water, they are only cultured for 1 or 2 days.
Kombucha is thin, like a soft drink, with a vinegar like smell. It tastes slightly sweet and tangy, and is fizzy. The flavour varies according to fermentation time. Also, the tea used, and any additional flavours.
Kefir is thicker, and tastes like the cultured milk that it is. Think lactic acid flavour like creme fraiche, or a good brioche. It can be flavoured with additives such as fruit, flavour extracts, or honey. The longer the fermentation, the more pronounced the flavour.
Both of these fermented drinks can undergo a second fermentation to develop flavour.
There are two types of kefir – dairy/milk kefir and water kefir. Milk kefir can be dairy free or vegan, made with coconut milk or nut milks.
What is water kefir?
As the name suggests, water kefir is made from sweetened water. It is also made from coconut water or fruit juice. Made using a different starter culture that contains no milk, water kefir can be overly sweet and not particularly pleasant to taste. For this reason it is usually flavoured with additional fruit, sweeteners or herbs. It does, however, have less of a fermentation flavour than dairy kefir or kombucha.
Kombucha contains caffeine (from the tea) and a negligible percentage of alcohol. Watch out for added sugar in many commercial products. But not ours! We stock only sugar-free kombucha.
Kefir vs kombucha probiotics
The probiotic content of kefir and kombucha are slightly different. Both are rich in probiotics but kefir contains lactic acid bacteria. Kombucha contains lactic acid and acetic acid bacteria. With more lactic acid bacteria, kefir acts like a probiotic supplement. Kombucha, on the other hand, is more of a digestive aid. Between them they contain a wide variety of beneficial bacteria.
Both kefir and kombucha have shown anti-microbial and antioxidant properties.
Kefir is anti-inflammatory. It may lower cholesterol as well as stimulate the immune system. Kombucha may promote fat loss, improve blood sugar control, and offer protection for the liver. Both should be introduced to the diet slowly to counteract any negative effects such as bloating or intestinal discomfort.
Both kefir and kombucha are understood to have beneficial effects on overall gut health and diversification of the gut microbiome.
Is kefir or kombucha better?
Whether you choose kefir or kombucha is largely a matter of preference. Eating and drinking a range of fermented foods can offer greater diversity in beneficial bacteria so try to include as many as you can. Sourdough bread, kimchi, sauerkraut, yoghurt and pickles are all good.
Can you drink kefir and kombucha together?
Whilst people do actually mix kefir and kombucha together, you can simply include both in your diet and enjoy whichever takes your fancy or you tolerate best. Both are excellent for hydration too. In the matter of kefir vs kombucha there really is no comparison as they are completely different things. A bit like comparing mayo and ketchup. Chalk and cheese.
Organic kombucha tea Ginger by Pep Tea is a high standard Australian manufactured iced green tea drink that is brewed as well as bottled in the Hunter Valley of NSW. Pep Tea is considered as the highest quality brands in Australia. The kombucha teas of Pep Tea are; organic, raw as well as shelf-stable and this is why it needs no refrigeration until it is opened.
Kombucha is basically a symbiotic culture of yeast as well as bacteria. Kombucha was first brewed in 221 BC in China. Modern science has claimed several health benefits in respect of drinking this amazing tea. The mushroom or mother skoby is quite similar to a pancake float on the top of organic kombucha tea. The brew is transformed into beneficial enzymes, antioxidants, probiotics, minerals as well as organic acids. If this drink is consumed regularly, it helps to develop your body’s immune system. So Good to help fight off illness.
Organic kombucha tea ginger is sugar-free, gluten-free, low calorie, low carbs, low GI and vegan friendly. It contains no artificial colors, sweeteners or preservatives.
For more information visit our site. Buy organic kombucha tea ginger online in bulk at Opera Foods. Get online discounts on this product.
Organic Kombucha tea mango flavor is the highest quality green tea kombucha from Pep Tea brand. This tea is Brewed and bottled in the Hunter Valley of NSW in a state of the art HACCP certified kombucha brewery . Our organic kombucha tea mango is free from sugar, caffeine, gluten, GMO, lactose, fat and other preservatives. It is low in calorie, carbs, GI and it is vegan-friendly. Pep Tea is among the best kombucha brands in Australia with the highest quality real kombucha probiotics. Pep Tea kombucha is raw, organic and shelf table, therefore, it needs no refrigeration till it unlocked.
Kombucha tea is an ancient health drink first prepared in China in 221 BC. Several claims have been made in respect of health benefits while drinking this magnificent tea. The mushroom-like pancake floats on the upper portions of sweetened organic tea. Then after a period of time, the brew is transformed into probiotics, enzymes, antioxidants, organic acids and minerals. If this organic kombucha tea is taken regularly, it will aid liver function for removing toxins of the individual’s body and increase immune systems of individuals. Mango is one of four tried and true sugar free drinks in Kombucha flavors offered by Pep Tea.
Buy it at your local Harris Farm Markets store in NSW, or Visit our site and buy organic kombucha tea mango online in huge bulks from Opera foods.
Pep Tea produces great organic matcha powder as well as organic kombucha tea. Organic kombucha tea – Lime and Ginger is very much popular among our superior Sugar Free kumbucha flavours. Organic Kombucha Tea – Lime and Ginger is considered as a healthy tea it is raw and loaded with probiotics and contains no sugar, fat, lactose and other preservatives. It is raw and organic, gluten free and vegan friendly.
Organic kombucha tea-lime and ginger is also low in calorie, carbs and GI. Kombucha is considered as a symbiotic culture of yeast as well as bacteria. Kombucha was first initiated in 221 BC in China. According to a modern science, it contains several health benefits that help to build good gut health. If this magnificent drink is consumed regularly will aid to stabilize gut flora, helps in liver function that will assist an individual’s body to remove toxins and increase the immune system of individuals.
Sugar-free organic kombucha, Apple Pomegranate flavour is a product of a Pep Tea brand. It is free from sugar, gluten, GMO, caffeine, lactose, fat, and other preservatives. Sugar-free organic kombucha Apple Pomegranate is low in calorie, carbs, GI and it is quite vegan-friendly. It is considered as one of the Australia’s highest grade of organic kombucha or iced green tea. Pep Tea brands Kombucha is brewed and bottled in the hunter valley of Australia.
Our Sugar-free organic kombucha in Apple Pomegranate is always a raw, live, organic, as well as a shelf table product made with a lot of science. That is why it needs no refrigeration till opened. The flavor of the this kombucha tea tea is Apple and Pomegranate.
Organic kombucha tea is regarded as a symbiotic culture of yeasts as well as beneficial bacteria. It is documented as a health drink in 221 BC in China. Sugar-free organic kombucha is an ideal drink for kids and all types of ages.
It is rich in probiotics, antioxidants, minerals, organic acids and many more. If this magnificent cocktail is used regularly will aid to stable an individual’s gut flora, help in liver function that may assist an individual’s body to remove respective toxins as well as increase an immune system of an individual.
Pep Tea is among the most popular Kombucha brands in Australia. Buy Real live raw gut health fermented tea at Harris Farm Markets.
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Organic kombucha tea is a product of Pep Tea that is originated in Australia. It is considered as the highest quality green tea in Australia. Organic kombucha tea mango is rich in probiotics, antioxidants, minerals as well as organic acids. It can be available in every shop in Australia; moreover, people can buy it in-store or online from Harris Farm Markets or from Pep Tea’s parent company Opera Foods. At present, the popularity of the respective product has increased considerably across the globe.
Organic kombucha tea mango can offer all the benefits of tea as well as Kombucha probiotics. As organic kombucha tea mango flavour contains tea polyphenols as well as acetic acid that helps improve gut health from the right bacteria. The organic kombucha health benefits include reducing heart disease, diabetes, blood sugar, prevention of cancer and many more.
Pep Tea is one of the leading Kombucha brands in Australia.
Kombucha benefits have been discovered by the researchers as the link between healthy bacteria in the digestive system and how it strengthens the immune system of our body. The real, organic, raw Australian Kombucha is of the highest quality which is found in Australia. Pep Tea is a brand which promotes healthy organic tea drinks like Kombucha and Matcha. We have 4 different great award-winning flavours of Kombucha. These drinks are brewed and bottled in the beautiful region of Hunter Valley NSW.
All our drinks are filled with real organic Kombucha antioxidants which will fix your gut health and also give you a delight of a fruity Kombucha cocktail. Our drinks need not be refrigerated until it is opened like other Kombucha drinks. We specialize in sugar-free, fat-free, Vegan-friendly and Gluten-free drinks.
Pep Tea brand Kombucha drinks are available at a very affordable price, hence there is no need to provide your kids with high sugar soft drinks and risk their gut health.
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