There are shops that sell kombucha tea ready to drink. But if you want to make sure it is fresh and it contains the best ingredients, you can make it yourself. The ingredients you need are not sophisticated or rare, so you will be able to find them in most stores. Probably the hardest to get ingredient is the SCOBY or Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast. Although this isn’t either a real challenge, since you can find it even on Amazon. Thus, there is nothing in between you and a cup of great kombucha. Make your shopping list and head out to purchase the best ingredients for a kombucha tea. You should know from the start you will have to be a bit patient. Kombucha is a fermented tea, so you won’t be able to drink it right away. It will need a few weeks to maturate.
The most important ingredient, without kombucha, could not exist, is tea. It is the primary base for this beverage, so you cannot start preparing anything if you don’t have the tea. Also, remember that based on the tea you choose, your kombucha will have a particular flavor. And based on the fact that once you get to a store you will feel overwhelmed by the large variety of tea, what should you choose? Always go for a natural, unflavored tea. The best choices would be black or green tea, rooibos tea or oolong tea. The black tea is the most famous and easy to find and give kombucha a rich woody or fruity flavor. Green tea is also easy to get, but be aware not to get a flavored one. Kombucha made with green tea has a lighter, grassy flavor. Oolong tea is fantastic to use for Kombucha. It tastes like a combination of green and black tea, so it is a very balanced flavor. Rooibos is an Africa tea, and it is great if you want a caffeine-free kombucha. The taste is sweet and grassy. But no matter where you choose to do your shopping, supermarket, tea stores or Internet, go for high quality, to ensure an excellent fermented tea.
You can also get the rest of the ingredients rather quick. You would need white sugar, which you can find in every store in this planet. If you can get a reliable trader, evaporated organic cane sugar is even better. White sugar is highly processed, so if you can get the organic variety it would be great for your health. You will also need a SCOBY, which I mentioned it could be purchased over the Internet if you have a difficult time finding it in specialty tea stores. A starter tea, from the plain kombucha or vinegar, will also be needed. A glass jar and glass bottles for the finished product. Remember not to use any metal, like caps or spoons, when you prepare the tea. The jar should be covered only with a clean cloth. You can also find these is any supermarket, as they are highly usable items. And finally, you will need purified water. If you don’t want to buy it, you can always boil it and let it rest before use.