The world of fermented foods is booming. Although this system of food transformation is as old as mankind, there are many people who speak of the health benefits of its consumption. Taking advantage of this trend, many brands have emerged recently that are dedicated to the commercialization of this type of food. If we narrow the field of vision and refer only to kombucha, since Mūn Ferments came on the market in 2015, companies have been emerging that also sell fermented tea.
There are no regulations governing what can be marketed under the term kombucha. The Kombucha Brewers International, or KBI, where Mūn Ferments has been a member since 2017, has a code of good practices, where its associates have detailed the different types of kombucha that can be brewed. Thus, we can find:
Traditional kombucha: Traditional beverage obtained from the fermentation of a sweetened tea infusion, SCOBY, starter liquid, with a sour and sweet taste at the same time, with bubbles and very low alcohol content, and without any further processing at the end of fermentation. Natural flavorings (fruits, herbal teas, etc.) can be added. This traditional kombucha is capable of creating a natural SCOBY if left at room temperature and with the presence of oxygen.
Kombucha: a beverage obtained from the fermentation of a wide range of plants, SCOBY/starter, water and fermentable sugar. Flavorings can also be added. Depending on the process used, it may or may not generate SCOBY at room temperature.
Kombucha soft drink: or processed kombucha includes any type of kombucha that has undergone a process outside the traditional method. Some examples of these processes would be pasteurization, dealcoholization, filtration to change aroma or appearance, sterilizing filtration or dilution.
Since all this information does not always appear visibly on the product label, the best thing to do is to analyze a series of aspects that will help us validate if what you have in your hands is or is not a quality and authentic kombucha. Reviewing the packaging, the label and the liquid will surely help you when you are in front of a Mercadona or Carrefour fridge, and you doubt whether to take that kombucha home.