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Starbucks Gets Into The Kombucha Business With New Lineup Of Beverages

Starbucks is officially hopping onto the kombucha bandwagon and launching their own lineup of the probiotic-packed fermented beverages.

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The coffee giant’s cold-pressed juice brand, Evolution Fresh, is expanding into the booch business by combining their products with fermented teas. The result is a lineup of six different kombuchas, with flavors including Ginger Lemon Honeycrisp, Pink Grapefruit, and Turmeric Pineapple Coconut.

Kombucha has been an explosive category in terms of growth, as the US has come to love the drink for its probiotic benefits and unique flavor. Starbucks is now capitalizing on that trend as a way to get in on the expanding probiotics movement.

However, Starbucks kombucha won’t be an actual in-store item for the time being. Evolution Fresh’s kombuchas will instead be sent to natural and grocery retailers around the United States to be sold by the bottle. Currently, you can find them in stores in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, Seattle, and New York City. Availability will expand to other cities over the coming year.

That doesn’t mean that Starbucks is refusing to eventually put bottles of kombucha in their stores, as Evolution Fresh already has an extensive lineup of juices at each location.

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High Alcohol Kombucha Is The Beer Replacement You Didn’t Know You Needed

You know kombucha, the trendy drink that vegans and health nuts made famous? It’s not as outlandish as you’d think. In fact, variations of the fermented tea are actually pretty tasty, and also packed with some potential health benefits.

Although the drink has naturally occurring alcohol in it (duh, fermentation), varieties with higher alcohol content have been made to satisfy your desires to inebriate. With some having alcohol content up to par with beer, this twist on classic kombucha can do the job of your beloved brew for less calories, in a way that might even be considered healthy.

Whole Foods, BevMo, Bristol Farms, and other stores are starting to stock up on this boozy beverage, usually found near the beer. To help you find the best of the best, here’s some of the top choices, in order of highest to lowest alcohol content.

BoochCraft

The master brewers at BoochCraft wondered if there was a way to up the already natural amounts of alcohol found in typical kombucha. And it was a success. With 7% alcohol by volume, this organic and raw kombucha will keep you buzzing without the heaviness of your classic cider. They even have six unique flavors to keep things interesting.

apple + lime + jasmine

grape + coriander + anise

turmeric + tangerine + ginger

grapefruit + hibiscus + heather

watermelon + mint + chili

ginger + lime + rosehips

Boochcraft Kombucha! These are amazing! Super yum.

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Unity Vibrations

Also 7% alcohol by volume, Unity Vibrations was the first to craft the kombucha beer. The gluten-free alternative to your favorite stout, their unique flavors are full of depth and even boast healthy nutrients. Their flavors include rasberry, ginger, and bourbon peach, all of which are so good that you’ll forget you’re indulging.

Boochcraft Kombucha! These are amazing! Super yum.

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Kombucha Dog

Although their alcohol content is only 1.4%, it’s still a delicious light drink that can be enjoyed without overdoing it. The alcohol content is slightly higher than your average kombucha, allowing for all the probiotics and beneficial acids to be preserved. The bottles also feature dogs looking for homes and on their website you can look for adoptable pups.

Cheers!

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10 Things You Might Not Know About Fermentation

Fermentation is a glorious chemical reaction that converts a carbohydrate/sugar to alcohol or acid. Our founding father, George Washington, was so down with fermentation that he owned his own whiskey distillery. The waste his distillery produced was used to feed his pigs, which had to have made the best tasting bacon. If you’re short one presidential distillery, but want to learn more about fermented goods, keep reading.

1. Fermentation increases the nutritional value of raw produce.

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In addition to the ramped up vitamins and minerals, fermented vegetables carry friendly bacteria and live enzymes. These cultures are beneficial to both your digestive and nervous system while protecting our bodies from harmful bacteria and other toxic substances.

2. Ancient Chinese people may have fermented the first alcoholic beverage.

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A blend of rice, honey, and grapes, a 3,000 year old beverage was discovered in clay pots from 7000-6600 BC. Corrosion sealed the pots over time, preserving the beer-wine hybrid for modern scientists to analyze. Dogfish Head Brewery recreated the drink in 2005, with the help of the researchers, and it won a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival in 2009.

3. Kefir gives you a good night’s sleep.

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Not to be confused with the actor from 24, this protein-rich drink contains tryptophan. That’s the same amino acid causing you to yawn after that turkey dinner. Bonus: a serving of this milk-based pro-biotic provides 20% of the daily calcium you need.

4. Soy sauce is a pain in the ass to make.

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The sauce you dip sushi in takes months to produce. Its brown hue occurs during fermentation, when a chemical reaction of fungus and grain converts soybeans to simple sugars, amino acids and proteins.

5. Sourdough was more valuable than gold.

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That delicious bread bowl we eat clam chowder out of was an integral part of the Gold Rush era. Alaskans would literally sleep with the dough to keep the yeast in it alive. San Franciscans enjoy their bread so much, their 49er mascot is named Sourdough Sam.

6. Kimchi is the national dish of South Korea.

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Commonly found in KBBQ cuisine as one of many banchan dishes to munch on while grilling, a custom (read: non-stinky) version accompanied Yi So-Yeon, the first Korean astronaut in space. When stored properly, a jar of kimchi can last for a couple of years.

7. Tempeh is tofu’s kick ass cousin.

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Photo Credit: FotoosVanRobin
While both are made from soybeans, their similarities end there. This Indonesian meat substitute has a better texture, making for tasty versions of fried chicken and tacos. The Swedish Department of Food Science even found a way to create this vegan-friendly protein without soybeans (with a blend of oats and barley) in regions where they can’t thrive.

8. Dosas are basically fancy crepes.

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Photo Credit: Roland

A fermented batter of rice and lentils, this popular South Indian snack is delicate and paper-thin when grilled properly. It’s the country’s answer to sliced bread, often stuffed with pickles and flavorful chutney sauces. To eat it like a local, put down the fork and knife and get your hands in there.

9.You can wear kombucha.

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Photo Credit: Lukas Chin

Microbial cellulose is the scientific term for dried kombucha culture, the “living,” tea-based beverage. A leathery texture, cellulose can be manipulated to create seamless clothing. Not bad for a fizzy and protein-rich drink that’s been around for over 2,000 years.

10. Sauerkraut helps you poop. 

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This bland-looking, German condiment is best known as a sausage topping. The shredded stuff shouldn’t, however, be mistaken for the pickled variety: the only ingredient mixed with cabbage is salt. Unpasteurized kraut carries the same kind of healthy bacteria found in yogurt, helping with both digestion and constipation.

 

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9 Facts About Fermented Foods That You Probably Didn’t Know

Fermentation is a glorious chemical reaction that converts a carbohydrate/sugar to alcohol or acid. Our founding father, George Washington, was so down with fermentation that he owned his own whiskey distillery. The waste his distillery produced was used to feed his pigs, which had to have made the best tasting bacon. If you’re short one presidential distillery, but want to learn more about fermented goods, keep reading.

1. Fermentation increases the nutritional value of raw produce

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In addition to the ramped up vitamins and minerals, fermented vegetables carry friendly bacteria and live enzymes. These cultures are beneficial to both your digestive and nervous system while protecting our bodies from harmful bacteria and other toxic substances.

2. Ancient Chinese people may have fermented the first alcoholic beverage

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In what was a blend of rice, honey, and grapes, a 3,000 year old beverage was discovered in clay pots made in 7000-6600 BC. Corrosion sealed the pots over time, preserving the last batch of the beer-wine hybrid for modern scientists to analyze. Dogfish Head Brewery recreated the drink, Midas Touch, in 2005 with the help of the researchers, and it won a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival in 2009.

3. Kefir gives you a good night’s sleep

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Not to be confused with the actor from 24, this protein-rich drink contains tryptophan. That’s the same amino acid causing you to yawn after that turkey dinner. Bonus: a serving of this milk-based pro-biotic provides 20% of the daily calcium you need.

4. Sourdough was more valuable than gold

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That delicious bread bowl we eat clam chowder out of was an integral part of the Gold Rush era. Alaskans would literally sleep with the dough to keep the yeast in it alive. San Franciscans enjoy their bread so much, their 49er mascot is named Sourdough Sam.

5. Kimchi is the national dish of South Korea

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A true staple in Korean cuisine, a custom (read: non-stinky) version accompanied Yi So-Yeon, the first Korean astronaut in space. When stored properly, a jar of kimchi can last for a couple of years.

6. Tempeh is tofu’s kick-ass cousin.

tempeh

While both are made from soybeans, their similarities end there. This Indonesian meat substitute has a better texture, making for tasty versions of fried chicken and tacos. The Swedish Department of Food Science even found a way to create this vegan-friendly protein without soybeans (with a blend of oats and barley) in regions where they can’t thrive.

7. Dosas are basically fancy crepes

Masala Dosa

A fermented batter of rice and lentils, this popular South Indian snack is delicate and paper-thin when grilled properly. It’s the country’s answer to sliced bread, often stuffed with pickles and flavorful chutney sauces. To eat it like a local, put down the fork and knife and get your hands in there.

8. You can wear kombucha

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Microbial cellulose is the scientific term for dried kombucha culture, the “living,” tea-based beverage. A leathery texture, cellulose can be manipulated to create seamless clothing. Not bad for a fizzy and protein-rich drink that’s been around for over 2,000 years.

9. Sauerkraut helps you poop

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This aesthetically bland, German condiment is best known as a sausage topping. The shredded stuff shouldn’t, however, be mistaken for the pickled variety: the only ingredient mixed with cabbage is salt. Unpasteurized kraut carries the same kind of healthy bacteria found in yogurt, helping with both digestion and constipation.

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Watch These Cholos React To Kale Chips & Kombucha For The First Time

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“This looks like bud. I’m on parole, G.”

If you’re health nut who does yoga and and hikes every weekend, you’re probably familiar with kale chips and kombucha, but for those not engulfed in the culture, those two foods are probably foreign.

Enter “Cholos,” hispanic gangsters who probably wouldn’t get caught dead in a yoga class. Facebook page We Are Mitu introduced a group of cholos to Rhythm kale chips and Health-Ade kombucha, gave them no context and just let the camera roll.

As they tried the veggie chips and fermented tea, the cholos added hilarious commentary such as, “You’re trying to get me arrested,” and the classic “I’m organic AND raw.”

Thankfully, kale chips are not weed, and kombucha is not a grenade, so no parole violations were committed in the making of this video:

Cholos Try Vegan Food

"This looks like weed…you're trying to get me arrested."

Posted by We are mitú on Tuesday, November 3, 2015

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Kombucha on Tap?

Kombucha, an ancient drink with a history of magical powers. It’s suppose to promote longevity by detoxifying the body and energizing the mind. Have you caught the Kombucha buzz yet? 

This fermented tea has been hailed by yogis, hippies, and even celebrities such as Reese Witherspoon. As expected, you can already find it stockpiled on shelves of health food stores such as Whole Foods, but now it seems to be going mainstream.

In Dallas, Kombucha can be found on tap at many bars sold by the pint, unlike many bars around the country that mix it into drinks. With an alcohol content of less than .5 percent, it might be a nice alternative for those who like going to bars to socialize, but don’t want to get hammered.

[via dallasobserver.com]

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Celestial Seasonings Kombucha Energy Shots

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Celestial Seasonings just launched Kombucha single-serving Energy Shots which are made from the brand’s live, raw Kombucha (fermented black tea). The Shots also contain an added blend of energizing ingredients like caffeine from guarana, B vitamins and ginseng. The combination claims to deliver an all-natural energy boost consumers can feel good about.

Kombucha is a fermented black tea that contains naturally occurring enzymes, probiotic cultures and beneficial acids. Kombucha manufacturers claim the drink is a natural detoxifier that can aid in digestion and create a more alert mind. In other words it wakes you up and gets things moving, if you know what I mean…

The Shots are available in three flavor varieties – Citrus, Berry and, for users who desire an added boost, Pomegranate Xtreme which is fortified with additional caffeine from guarana and B vitamins. Kombucha Energy Shots are on shelves now in Whole Foods Market locations nationwide, with expansion to other natural foods stores starting in December.