What is Kombucha?
Kombucha has been called a health elixir, the tea of immortality, and a nectar of the gods. We just call it our favorite thing to drink. For some people it’s a way of life, for others it’s a tasty and healthy treat, but just what is kombucha?
Fizzy, bright, and noted for its helpful probiotics, kombucha is a lightly-effervescent drink made by combining sweet tea with bacteria and yeast. The result is a sometimes sweet, sometimes tangy beverage that is typically served cold. Fermented drinks like Humm Kombucha are high in vitamin B and good bacteria and help contribute to digestive health.
Kombucha helps keep your body in balance — and a body in balance feels better! While many people still enjoy crafting home-brewed kombucha, most grocery stores now stock a wide and wild assortment of delicious and innovative Humm Kombucha flavors.
The Origin of Kombucha
Kombucha is an ancient beverage, long treasured in China and Japan for its restorative properties. Homebrewers have produced kombucha in the US for decades, and today breweries of all sizes are thriving and creating kombuchas with a wide variety of flavors and attributes.
There’s no way of knowing who brewed the first batch of kombucha, but a popular theory holds that it was first imbibed during the reign of Qin Shi Huang (he ruled from 220 to 210 BCE), the first emperor of a united China. The beverage was known as the Tea of Immortality.
Even the etymology of the term kombucha is lost to history (and the drink has more than 80 names around the world today). One history of kombucha maintains that a Korean doctor named Kombu (with “cha” being the word for tea in much of Asia) brought it to Japan’s Emperor Ingyō in 414 CE. Kombucha purportedly became popular with samurai, who carried it into battle for the energy boost it provided.