My Favorite Kombucha Brands + What Is Kombucha?!! / Carmen Varner // Travel Influencer, Blogging Coach, Social Media Consultant


My Favorite Kombucha Brands + What Is Kombucha?!!

Kombucha has been around for 2,000 years. It originated in 220 B.C. China where it was consumed for its detoxifying & energizing properties. That makes me about 1,999 years late to the kombucha party, but I'm a fan now. How about you?

Most people, like me, wonder what is kombucha? What's it made from? What's the alcohol content of kombucha? Where to buy kombucha tea? Can you buy a kombucha starter online? Well, my friend. I answer all these questions & more. Why? Because I had the same questions! Keep reading to find out about kombucha.

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Better Booch premium small craft kombucha brand 

But what is kombucha?

At its core, kombucha is a beverage created by fermenting tea with a culture of yeast & bacteria. It looks a bit like an at-home science experiment, which it basically is. I mean, you can literally buy kombucha starter kits online. Kombucha is lightly effervescent. Think of it as a sparkling tea-based juice drink with a bit of bubbly goodness. Kombucha tends to have some alcohol content, some brands have more & some have less.

GT's Third Eye Chai, Euphoria, & Rose kombucha flavors

What other fermented food & drinks can I try?

Kombucha, kefir, kimchi, kvass, miso, sauerkraut, tempeh, pickles, yogurt are popular fermented food & drink. Each has its own unique flavors, properties, & gut health benefits.

San Diego Kombucha Options

As a San Diego-based blogger & digital influencer, I'm happy to report there are many kombucha options in the area. Many of these establishments have kombucha that contains alcohol content, so it's an excellent alternative to heading to a brewery, bar, or distillery. There isn't much kombucha in North County San Diego yet, but perhaps in the foreseeable future.  ~*~ just putting those vibes out there, you know? ~*~

Where to buy kombucha tea in San Diego?

GT's kombucha flavors

My Favorite Kombuchas

GT's Kombucha - Love, love, love this brand. My all-time favorite is GT's Rose kombucha. It has rose hips, rose water, rose petals, as well as their organic & raw kombucha. It's what dreams are made of. It has 4% alcohol content. I usually split up drinking this over 2 days.

Health-Ade Kombucha - My coworker a few years ago used to do promotional work with Health-Ade so she gave me a few bottles to try. It was my very first dabble with kombucha. They have a variety of flavors like cherry berry, ginger lemon, & pink lady apple.

JuneShine - JuneShine is a local San Diego kombucha brand. I was invited to their Scripps Ranch media party grand opening. Their kombucha is made with green tea, as opposed to black tea. JuneShine kombuchas have 6% alcohol content with flavors like Honey Ginger Lemon & Midnight Painkiller (charcoal, pineapple, coconut, orange, & nutmeg).

Better Booch - Better Booch sent over a few of their 16-ounce cans to try such as Morning Glory (peach & black tea), Citrus Sunrise (grapefruit, sage, pu erh tea), & a couple others. The LA-based premium small craft kombucha brand expanded to San Diego in 2019.  The flavors are approachable; you can taste the tea & tang from kombucha without an overwhelming punch. This is an excellent kombucha brand to try if you're new to kombucha. Find Better Booch on Amazon.

The GT's Rose kombucha is my favorite flavor of all-time

Can you buy kombucha starter kits online?

Why yes, you can buy a kombucha starter online! Gotta love being able to shop from the comfort of your own home! Whether you want San Diego kombucha or perhaps kombucha with alcohol, there is an option to suit your needs.

What's your favorite kombucha? Leave a comment if you have a suggestion, a thought, or a question. 

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  1. mybeautrip .comMay 8, 2019 at 1:22 PM

    I need to try Kombucha. It sounds really healthy!

  2. Kombucha is soooo good! I definitely have a favorite!


  3. Oooh which is your favorite?! I'd love to know!! I want to try more kombucha. :]

  4. It's like a cold, bubbly fermented tea. It's nice to mix up drinks & flavors once in a while! Do you like tea? :]

  5. Beautiful! I need to try these! I have clicked on the links :)))

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  6. This looks so good and looks good

  7. I haven´t heard about these yet, but they look interesting! Would like to give them a try! ◡‿◡✿

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  8. My favorite brand is Gt's too! I lovee kombucha for how tasty it is, and its health benefits. I don't drink soda, so this is my alternative!

  9. Wow I have never heard of this, but these products sounds amazing!

  10. These all sound delicious! I'm definitely going to need to try these! The photos look so beautiful, too! Thanks for sharing! :)

  11. I never tried kombucha before but it definitely sounds interesting! Anything tea-related has my immidiate attention! Thanks for sharing :)

  12. I'm late to the party too! I just started drinking kombucha and it's actually way better than I thought it was. I've yet to try any of these brands but I definitely will!

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