frequently asked questions
what is kombucha?
Kombucha is a tea that has been fermented. During fermentation, the kombucha becomes naturally rich with probiotics, amino acids, polyphenols, and active enzymes. Probiotics are important because they introduce living bacteria into your gut. But not just any bacteria: good bacteria that are essential for gut health. In order to preserve the probiotics, sünnte kombucha is never pasteurized.
what does kombucha taste like?
Kombucha is a fermented beverage, so it has a tangy taste similar to apple cider vinegar. Our taste buds are so used to sugary drinks, that the tart, biting taste may initially catch you off guard. The taste is often acquired, but our brews are mild, crisp, and smooth. We really think you’ll like them.
what are the floaties in the bottle?
The sediment and floating particles in kombucha are called SCOBY. While sometimes unsettling for first-timers, these particles and sediment are an indication that the product is still living and active. The longer the product is in the bottle, the more culture strands will form. True kombucha always has this element. At sünnte, we celebrate more SCOBY with a "cheers!"
what is a scoby?
SCOBY is an acronym for Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast. An essential part of the kombucha brewing process, the SCOBY aids in fermentation and protects the brew from outside bacteria. It is the main source of the rich probiotic count found in our kombucha.
what types of tea do you use to make your kombucha?
We use green, black, white, and several herbal teas (like rooibos and yerba mate) when brewing our kombucha. Each of the teas creates a unique flavor palate for you to enjoy. All of our teas are fair trade and organic certified, so you can trust that they're high quality, ethical, and safe.
what is the recommended daily serving of kombucha?
We recommend 8–16 ounces of kombucha each day. But if you’re new to kombucha, start with 4 ounces and work up!
is your kombucha supposed to be fizzy?
Our kombucha is naturally effervescent (aka: fizzy), and since we don't force carbonate with CO2, the amount of effervescence will vary from batch to batch and flavor to flavor. The type of tea used in each flavor will also greatly determine the amount of fizziness. Our flavors made with green tea tend to be fizzier than our flavors made with black or herbal teas.
does sünnte kombucha contain caffeine?
sünnte kombucha has very small amounts of caffeine, between 10–15 mg per serving. By comparison, a cup of green tea has 35–70 mg and regular coffee has 180–200+ mg per serving! The fermentation process actually strips the teas of their tannins and almost all of the caffeine, so we're left with the beautiful flavors of just the teas themselves.
how should i store kombucha?
sünnte kombucha should ALWAYS be refrigerated (33–40F), and the bottles should be kept in an upright position. Kombucha has a very long shelf life and can last for several months if kept refrigerated. If left out for too long in warm temperatures, the fermenting process can begin again on its own.
what is different about sünnte jun kombucha?
Our jun kombucha is a rare cousin of traditional kombucha. Juns are made with raw, local, organic honey from sweet honeybees instead of cane sugar.
Jun kombuchas use a distinct SCOBY with a unique flavor profile that is adapted to work with the host of bacteria, organisms, and antimicrobial properties present in honey. The result is a lighter and smoother taste that does not present the vinegar tones that are more prominent in traditional kombucha. Many first-time kombucha drinkers find that jun is more pleasing to the palate in comparison to traditional kombucha, but we'll let you decide for yourself!