The most popular beverage in the world is Tea. In fact, many different cultures revolve around the drinking of tea. It is consumed more than any other beverage on the planet, including alcohol, coffee, and soft drinks. For this reason, it is no wonder that the main ingredient of Kombucha is tea.
When you are preparing to make your Kombucha tea, you will have a decision to make. What type of tea will you choose? Green tea, Lipton’s tea, chamomile tea, peppermint tea, or one of the many others that we often hear of? Making this decision can be difficult due to the many different styles of tea that are available. However, there are some that work better for Kombucha tea than others and we will learn more about them below.
What is tea?
There are many different types of tea, but they all come from the tea plant. The reason that there is such a large variety of tea is because of the different ways that the tea is processed. Traditionally, it was black tea that was chosen to be brewed with Kombucha. It was first developed in China centuries ago and was originally named red tea because of the color of the tea that is made.
However, since research has been conducted, it has been determined that using green tea to make Kombucha tea is actually the healthiest option. Now, one of the most popular recipes involves a combination of black tea and green tea.
Each type of Kombucha tea has amazing healing powers that are created through the fermentation process of the Kombucha. With the help of the Kombucha, polyphenols and antioxidants are released through the tea making process which is easy for the body to absorb.
Why should we make Kombucha tea?
Tea is something that has many nutrients and compounds that are able to provide nourishment to the Kombucha culture. So, when you brew Kombucha tea that has herbal infusions, you will wind up with a healthy and delicious fermented beverage. However, over time, the culture will die because it will not have the proper nutrients to feed off of.
For this reason, Kombucha is usually brewed into a tea rather than any other herbal beverage. The tea plant is used to keep the health of your culture at its best, but it is important that you know which ones work the best. You can choose from a few different styles of tea to get started; organic, loose leaf, bulk, etc.
Along with this selection, you can also make the choice between the quality of tea that you would like. For example, you may choose to go with a natural option where you will not have to worry about the pesticides that were added to the tea plants. However, this can also mean that the tea is more expensive when you make this selection.
There are also many different flavors that you can choose to brew as well. Some of the best are detailed below:
White tea is gathered from only the youngest and most delicate buds of the white peony. The buds and leaves are covered in hairs that are fine and white and are located near the top of the tea plant. After it is picked, it will be allowed to wither slightly in the sun. Then, it will be dried gently in order to prevent oxidation from occurring any longer.
Due to the delicate drying that it goes through, this tea will be very delicate and will help make sure that the anti-oxidants are present in the tea. By creating this type of Kombucha tea, you will have a mild flavor that is high in catechins. This tea is great for reducing the risk of stroke, cancer, heart failure, diabetes, can eliminate free radicals and will protect the skin from UV light.
Black tea is the most popular type of tea and has a long history when it comes to Kombucha. It was once believed to not be as healthy as green tea, but new research shows that it has many benefits. It can help improve the circulation, improve the amount of beneficial bacteria in the body, improve the immune system, prevent tooth decay and normalize the blood pressure.
By creating black Kombucha tea, you will be creating a drink that makes it easier for the body to be able to absorb the benefits of the nutrients that are available through Kombucha tea. Another benefit of black Kombucha tea is that it creates a natural warming ability for the body, which is great during the winter.
When green tea is created, it is unfermented. In order to process it, sunlight is used along with heating and rolling it, which will in the end turn into green tea. Some of the benefits of this type of tea are that it will help slow the growth of cancer cells, lower LDL cholesterol levels, boost the immune system, and it naturally antibacterial.
One of the best things about this type of Kombucha tea is that the Kombucha culture can thrive with it. It is a great way to create a thick and healthy SCOBY. However, green tea also makes Kombucha tea more sour as well.
There are many different types of teas that you can use to create Kombucha tea. However, there are a few that you should stay away from as well. For example, flavored teas do not work well with Kombucha and can actually damage the culture. Also, you should avoid herbal infusions, as before mentioned. Strong smoky teas, like Lapsang Souchong will not necessarily damage your Kombucha, but the flavors do not mix very well.
There are many benefits to brewing your own Kombucha tea. Not only is it a tasty alternative to soda and other sugary drinks, but there are also many health benefits to it as well. While each different style of Kombucha tea has its own health benefits, you will find that you really can’t go wrong when it comes to Kombucha tea.