What's the scoop on Kombucha Town teas?

Tea has a long, complicated history in the world. The most widely accepted origin of the tea plant dates back to 2737 BC in China, where it was used for healing. Throughout thousands of years, tea became a major aspect of Chinese culture, which is interestingly enough also where kombucha originated.

At Kombucha Town we use 100% certified organic and fair-trade teas. Aside from the many health benefits of kombucha, our teas each have their own added healing properties as well.

Kombucha Town Signature, Gold, and Gold Light are all brewed using Ceylon Black tea from Sri Lanka.

Black tea comes from the fermented leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. The tea leaves are picked and left out in the sun to wilt. After wilting, the leaves are rolled to break their tissues and then they begin fermenting when chemicals in the leaves react with the air. Black tea has a high caffeine content as well as antioxidants like polyphenol and catechins, which help prevent cancer and detox the body. L-theanine, an amino acid in black tea, has been found to help reduce stress. Black tea also contains tannins which aid the immune and digestive systems.

Kombucha Town Gold and Gold Light are then blended with an in-house West African ginger ale made with pulped ginger, lemon juice, and cloves. Ginger ale is traditionally brewed for its healing benefits: it aids digestion, improves blood circulation, reduces inflammation, and contains antioxidants that help protect the body from damage.

Approximate caffeine content per 8oz: 60-90mg*

Kombucha Town Green Jasmine is brewed using green tea from China.

Green tea also comes from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. Green tea is not fermented, but instead is either pan fired or steamed after harvesting. The leaves are then rolled into shapes and dried. Green tea has less caffeine than black tea, but contains powerful antioxidants and other health benefits like black tea. Green tea can improve brain function, digestion, immune system strength and fat burning ability as well as lower the risk of cancer and diabetes.

Our green tea is also flavored with jasmine flowers. This process involves harvesting jasmine flowers early in the day while the petals are still closed. The flowers open up at night and release their fragrance. Dried green tea leaves are mixed with the jasmine flowers and stored overnight to absorb the fragrance and flavor. The jasmine flowers are removed and the green tea is dried again to prevent spoilage.

Approximate caffeine content per 8oz: 35-70mg*

Kombucha Town Blueberry White is brewed using white tea from China, and combined with all-natural blueberry juice in a post-fermentation mixing process.

White tea is Camellia sinensis leaves harvested at an early stage and dried in the sun, giving the tea a light flavor. White tea contains the least amount of caffeine, but it still possesses many healing benefits. White tea contains flavonoids, polyphenols and catechins, all antioxidants that can help prevent cancer, lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure and protect the heart. White tea can also strengthen bones and teeth, reduce stress and increase energy.

Our white tea kombucha is also combined with R.W. Knudsen's all-natural "just blueberry" juice. Blueberry juice contains antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, and can aid digestion, urinary health, improve cognition and reduce the risk of heart disease. 

Approximate caffeine content per 8oz: 30-55mg*

Kombucha Town Guayusa Mint is brewed using leaves from Ilex guayusa, a holly tree native to the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest.

Guayusa tea is a highly caffeinated plant with many health benefits. It contains chlorogenic acids, which aid cardiovascular health, blood pressure and weight, and ferulic acid which, aids blood circulation. Guayusa contains 15 essential amino acids and is full of polyphenols that help detox the body and protect it from cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure and other diseases.

Our Guayusa also has mint added to the tea prior to fermentation. The many health benefits of mint include aiding in digestion, weight loss, helping fatigue, and providing mental strength, clarity and focus.

Approximate caffeine content per 8oz: 90mg*

*While the caffeine content of tea depends on the location, time of harvest, preparation method, and many other factors, approximate amounts have been included. For comparison, coffee contains about 150-200mg per 8oz.

Seattle's Terry Avenue Saturday Market to feature Kombucha Town

Great news for our Seattle fans! The Emerald City's newest farmer's market, the Terry Avenue Saturday Market, which is located on Terry Avenue (duh) in the South Lake Union Neighborhood, will soon become the FIRST FARMERS MARKET IN SEATTLE TO CARRY KOMBUCHA TOWN!

Photo via Terry Avenue Saturday Market on Facebook.

Photo via Terry Avenue Saturday Market on Facebook.

The market's opening date is THIS Saturday, June 6, and it runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every weekend through Saturday, October 3, at 225 Terry Ave North. You can find more information on their Facebook page, where they've been posting a TON of news and photos ahead of the big opening day.

Make sure to stop by the Kombucha Town booth and grab a $3 can of our flavored kombucha in cans: Blueberry White, Green Jasmine, Guayusa Mint, and Gold Light. Mention this blog post and receive $1 off your first can!

The Terry Avenue Saturday Market will feature over 65 local farms, businesses, homemade crafts and street food. Check our their cute posters below, and be sure to head over to their Facebook page for a glimpse of some of the amazing vendors and tasty foods that will be at your fingertips this summer.