Donte Walker and Eliza Goehl of Kind Kombucha bill their fizzy fermented tea drink as kombucha for those who don’t know what kombucha is.
Though they offer non-caffeinated versions without tea, the drink is typically made with a combination of green or black tea that’s fermented with sugar and a symbiotic colony of yeast and bacteria called a SCOBY. To entice those who are putoff by the drink’s natural apple cider vinegar smell or the thought of a drink brewed with live bacteria, Kind Kombucha uses 100 percent juice and other natural ingredients for a more approachable and healthy alternative to beer or soda.
“In the American standard diet, we eat a lot of antibiotics,” Goehl said. “Those, of course, kill the things we try to kill, but at the same time, they can kill the good bacteria in our body. Rather than it doing something specific to your body, kombucha balances your body to a normal state. It lets your body build up the healthy stuff it needs.”
Walker’s fascination with kombucha came at a time when he’d made other drastic dietary shifts. After becoming a vegan and eliminating alcohol from his diet, Walker filled the gaps with kombucha. He bought a starter kit off Craigslist and settled into the acquired taste of straight kombucha, despite its acidity and pungent flavor.
It wasn’t until Walker met Goehl at a Grateful Dead concert in 2016 that the two shared their passion for the drink and came up with the idea to create a tapestry of flavored fermented beverages.
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