7 of the best kombucha brands
Kombucha – the slightly-fizzy fermented tea drink that’s become a firm-favourite in our fridge – has boomed in popularity in the West in recent years.
It’s thought that kombucha was originally brewed in Asia some several hundred years ago. The drink is made by adding a scoby (a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast) into brewed sweet tea and leaving it to ferment. The fermentation process encourages the growth of beneficial bacteria from the scoby.
While once only gracing health food shops, kombucha has broken into the mainstream and can now be found in supermarkets, food shops and even pubs.
Critics will say its vinegary taste can be off-putting, but kombucha is well worth sipping on for the goodness of your gut health. The bacteria (known as probiotics) that it contains has been shown to balance the bacteria in the gut and improve digestion. And, perhaps even better still, you can make cocktails with it. What’s not to love?
If you’re not quite ready to make your own fermented drink, take a look at our picks below for the best kombucha brands on the high street.
Lewtress hails from the Welsh coast and is a brand that’s passionate about creating kombucha that’s packed with both flavour and health benefits.
Each bottle is made by fermenting green tea without using colourings, stabilisers, preservatives or pasteurisation processes of any kind. The makers at Lewtress say that this ensures the beneficial probiotics in the drink survive.
The kombucha tonics also claim to bring with them a variety of other beneficial nutrients, including vitamin C, vitamin B12 and folic acid. And Liz is a big fan, especially of the Rosehip flavour.
“These drinks are produced with fresh Welsh air and sea breezes to benefit the natural growth of the kombucha,” she says. “It’s the most genuinely ‘alive’ version I’ve ever come across.”
Like cordial, you can add Lewtress’ kombucha to water, with 20 servings per 1 litre bottle.
Depending on the flavour of Lewtress, each bottle contains between 2.4% to 5.5% residual sugars from the fermentation process.
Mighty Brew kombucha
While only being founded in 2016, Balanced Nature is a company that has already made its mark, dedicated to creating ethical, organic and sustainable food products that are good for you and the planet.
Its kombucha, Mighty Brew, is no different and is handmade in a micro-brewery using cold-processing methods. This ensures the goodness is retained within the kombucha, which comes in a variety of flavours including jasmine, hemp, sencha and – Liz’s favourite – lemongrass.
Do look out for seasonal blends too – Mighty Brew’s Winter Chai is perfectly spiced with warming flavours to pep you up in the chillier months.
Find Mighty Brew online at Planet Organic and Amazon.
Per 100g, Mighty Brew contains 3.3g of sugars
Remedy prides itself on making tasty and healthy kombucha that’s sugar-free and packed full of beneficial bacteria and antioxidants. It’s made in small batches and long-age brewed for 30 days.
Plus, it’s easy to grab on the go. You’ll find cans of Remedy kombucha lining the shelves of Marks & Spencer, as well as Holland & Barrett, making it easier than ever to get your daily dose of probiotics. If you’re cutting back on the booze, it’s worth knowing that many pubs (including Wetherspoons) sell Remedy as a healthy, non-alcoholic alternative.
Try Remedy in 10 different flavours including passionfruit, ginger lemon and – our favourite – cherry plum. Big fans of Remedy can also sign up to its subscription service, receiving a case of 12 bottles weekly, fortnightly or monthly.
Per 330ml bottle, Remedy contains 0g of sugar, and is instead made using stevia.
A regular on the shelves of Waitrose and Co-Op, Equinox is a brand that champions its ability to craft kombucha that is both organic and sustainable.
The brand is currently undergoing B Corporation accreditation. B Corporations are businesses that meet the highest standards of social and environmental performance, making them a good ethical choice for your kombucha consumption.
What’s more, all Equinox products are vegan, gluten-free, 100% organic, raw and unpasteurised.
Choose from a range of flavours including Spiced Gingerbread, Pink Grapefruit & Guava and our firm favourite, Raspberry & Elderflower.
Equinox Raspberry & Elderflower kombucha contains 3.4g sugar per 100ml
Humm, artfully packaged in custom-made brown glass bottles, is the brainchild of two women named Michelle and Jamie, from Oregon. Originally brewing kombucha in Michelle’s kitchen, the two started to share their kombucha recipe by hand-delivering kombucha door to door and selling at farmers’ markets.
The business quickly grew and the pair now ship all over the world, including to the UK.
Enjoy Humm in a range of novel and exciting flavours – they’re a great choice for enjoying as a non-alocholic alternative. Choose from Coconut Lime, Blueberry Mint and Mango Passion. We especially enjoyed the Pomegranate Lemonade flavour here at Liz Earle Wellbeing.
Humm Pomegranate Lemonade contains 16g sugar per 414ml serving.
The Gutsy Captain
The Gutsy Captain began after two friends, Peter and Matus, discovered kombucha on a trip to America. Returning home, they later realised their grandparents brewed this drink in the former Czechslovakia more than 40 years ago.
The pair now produce their own brew in Portugal where they say they’ve found the ideal conditions to produce high-quality and tasty kombucha.
Gutsy Captain is crafted using green tea fermented with organic raw cane sugar. Flavours include cayenne pepper, pineapple & peach and coconut and can be found in Holland & Barret and Morrisons.
The Gutsy Captain Kombucha original flavour contains 4.4g sugar per 100ml
This little company has a big social purpose. There are an estimated 136,000 victims of modern slavery in the UK, and every bottle sold of its small-batch kombucha goes towards supporting the survivors of human trafficking.
It does this by helping survivors gain meaningful employment through real-life training, job opportunities and partnerships.
At the heart of the business is an ambition to end modern-day slavery by creating products that promote health and vitality – and taste delicious too. Available in original, strawberry, and ginger and hibiscus flavours, it’s good for your gut and good for the world.
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