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The True Art of Fermented Tea

fermented tea

You may have heard that fermented tea is good for you and be wondering what it is all about. But there are some common misconceptions about which teas are actually fermented so we thought we would explore the subject in a little more detail.

What is Fermented Tea?

Fermented tea is a type of tea that undergoes a unique fermentation process after the leaves are harvested and dried. This fermentation process, which always involves microbial action, is what sets these teas apart and gives them their distinctive flavours and health benefits.

Contrary to popular belief, this process is more than just the oxidation that most teas undergo; it’s a true microbial fermentation that can last from a few days to several years.

The difference between true fermentation and oxidation

Some teas are mistakenly classified as fermented when in reality they are simply oxidised. Most black teas are oxidised as part of their transformation from fresh green to fragrant black. White teas and green teas are not oxidised, oolongs are partially oxidised, whilst black teas are fully oxidised.

Oxidation vs True Fermentation

The distinction between oxidation and true fermentation is a fundamental one in the world of tea. Oxidation is a natural process driven by the enzyme action that exposes the tea leaves to oxygen after they are plucked. This process transforms the green leaves into a darker hue, creating robust flavours typical of black and oolong teas.

In contrast, true fermentation involves the action of microorganisms and can extend over long periods, even years, altering the chemical composition of the tea. The end product is a uniquely flavoured, fermented tea, rich in probiotics and other compounds that contribute to its already considerable health benefits. The difference is significant: one is a short, enzymatic process changing colour and flavour, and the other is a long-term, microbial process offering a unique complexity of taste and health properties.

Popular Types of Fermented Tea

Some popular types of fermented teas include Kombucha, Pu-erh, and Jun Tea, each having its own unique taste, aroma, and health benefits. Of these, kombucha and jun are fermented drinks, whilst Pu-erh is in the form of dried tea. Let’s examine these in turn.

Kombucha Tea

Kombucha is a tangy and effervescent tea-based beverage that has been enjoyed for its unique taste and purported health benefits for thousands of years. Originally from East Asia, it is traditionally made by fermenting sweetened tea with a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast, referred to as a “SCOBY”. The fermentation process takes about one to two weeks, resulting in a drink rich in beneficial probiotics, antioxidants, and organic acids. These compounds are believed to contribute to improved digestion, enhanced immune function, and overall well-being. Its flavour, often described as tart and sweet, can be customized with additional infusions of fruits, herbs, or spices, making kombucha not only healthful but also versatile and delicious.

Our organic kombucha is made with green tea

Jun Tea

Jun tea, often called the “Champagne of Kombucha,” is a delicate fermented tea drink from Tibet. It is brewed using green tea and honey instead of the black tea and sugar used in kombucha. The fermentation process, lasting approximately one week, results in a slightly sweet and tart drink, with subtle notes of honey and floral undertones brought out by the green tea. Like Kombucha, Jun tea is rich in probiotics and organic acids, and it’s believed to aid digestion, boost immunity, and promote overall wellness. Its unique and refreshing taste, combined with its health properties, has made Jun tea a popular choice among fermented tea enthusiasts.

Pu’erh Tea

Pu’erh Tea is a specialized form of fermented tea from China’s Yunnan province. It is unique in that it undergoes a process of microbial fermentation and oxidation after the leaves have been dried and rolled, which can last anywhere from a few months to several years. This ageing process imparts a distinctive earthy flavour to the tea, making it a truly unique beverage. Pu’erh comes in two varieties, raw (Sheng) and cooked (Shu), with the raw variety being lighter and the cooked variety having a richer, more robust flavour. Often enjoyed as a digestif, Pu’erh tea is celebrated for its potential health benefits, including aiding in weight loss, reducing cholesterol, and supporting heart health.

Unlike the first two examples, Pu’erh tea comes in a block, ready to be brewed as a hot drink. It is worth noting that whilst kombucha, and its cousin Jun, are brewed as drinks in a similar way to beer (for instance) neither are classed as containing alcohol.

Does kombucha ferment into alcohol?

The fermentation process of kombucha does result in a minor amount of alcohol, typically below 0.5%, which allows it to be classified as a non-alcoholic beverage in most countries. This trace amount of alcohol is a byproduct of the action of yeast on the sugar present in the tea. However, it’s worth noting that if kombucha is brewed improperly or left to ferment for an extended period, the alcohol content may rise. Nonetheless, under standard preparation and brewing conditions, the alcohol content in kombucha remains negligible and does not contribute to intoxication.

Is Fermented Tea Good for You?

Fermented teas are noted for their numerous health benefits. Here are some that are particularly noteworthy:

  • Digestive Health: The probiotics produced during fermentation can enhance gut health, assisting in digestion and nutrient absorption. Find out more about fermented foods and their role in gut health in our article.
  • Boosts Immunity: Fermented teas are rich in antioxidants that can bolster your immune system, helping to fend off common colds and infections.
  • Heart Health: Some studies suggest that consuming fermented teas may reduce LDL cholesterol levels, thereby promoting heart health.
  • Weight Management: Fermented teas like Pu-erh are often recommended for weight loss due to their potential to boost metabolism and fat burning.
  • Mental Well-being: Some components in fermented teas may help reduce stress and improve mood, contributing to better mental health.
  • Detoxification: Certain fermented teas, such as kombucha, are believed to help detoxify the body, removing harmful toxins and free radicals.
  • Bone Health: Regular consumption of fermented tea may help improve bone density, reducing the risk of osteoporosis and fractures.

Remember, while these benefits are impressive, it’s always crucial to consume in moderation and consult a healthcare professional, especially if you have specific dietary restrictions or medical conditions.

Find out more about our raw organic sugar free kombucha.

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What is kombucha good for?

glasses of kombucha tea

It has all the health credentials of tea, plus the gut boosting benefits of probiotics, but exactly what is kombucha good for?

The healthiest kombucha is made with green tea, for a whole host of added benefits. In fact, although kombucha is best known for its probiotic benefits, it is the properties of green tea that make it particularly beneficial to health.

Kombucha is good for anti-ageing

The antioxidants in green tea have powerful anti ageing properties. As well as contributing to the maintenance of healthy youthful skin as seen below, it contains protective polyphenols of the type EGCG. This is a potent anti-inflammatory that may help protect against cognitive decline.

Kombucha and healthy skin

Alongside the anti-inflammatory EGCG, green tea contains several compounds that directly support skin health. Quercetin and kaempferol (also anti-inflammatory antioxidants) help to soothe sensitive skin. The green pigment chlorophyll helps to flush out harmful toxins that can contribute to tired looking skin.

Kombucha is good for the brain

L-theanine, a component of tea (not just green) has been shown to have anti-anxiety properties and can also aid relaxation. Caffeine, especially in conjunction with l-theanine, can help improve brain function too, for a clearer, sharper mind.

And then of course there is the power of fermented foods and those little guys known as probiotics. Otherwise known as beneficial bacteria, these provide healthy bacteria for your gut.

There are many different strains of bacteria that can act as probiotics within the body, but the ones we are most interested in when in comes to kombucha are the lactic-acid bacteria it is shown to contain.

Kombucha for gut health

But what does good gut health look like? We are only just scratching the surface of the role the gut plays in our overall health and, over time, restoring your gut microbiome can be totally transformative. Yet there are two major benefits that people report from improving their gut flora.

Kombucha for energy

The first is improved energy. When your gut begins to function as it should you are likely to feel simply more energised. If you were suffering from a lack of energy or motivation then it is like a fog has been lifted.

Kombucha is good for your digestion

Many of us suffer from digestive issues. For some, it causes discomfort and even embarrassment. For others it may not even be noticeable because things have always been that way. A healthy digestion is a different beast entirely. And once things begin to function as they should, many other benefits follow.

Find out what kombucha and matcha have in common

Our organic kombucha is available to buy online now. Made with green tea, it has all those antioxidant benefits we talked about.

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Kombucha and yogurt – beneficial bacteria

kombucha yogurt

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.

Kombucha yogurt

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

200ml apple pomegranate kombucha

  1. 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.


Our organic kombucha comes in a range of delicious flavours. You can also buy kombucha in bulk from our online store.

This article was reproduced on this site only with permission from our parent co. operafoods.com.au the “Gourmet Online Wholesale Grocer”. See the original article here:- Kombucha and Yogurt – Both Beneficial Bacteria.
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Kefir vs kombucha – which one is really better for your health?

kefir vs kombucha

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.


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