You might not think that adding a gooey blob of bacteria and yeast to some delicious sweet tea would be a good idea, but doing so results in kombucha, a delightful, healthy beverage which is slightly effervescent and low in sugar, carbohydrates and caffeine. Kombucha is considered to be detoxifying, and contains glucosamines, probiotics and antioxidants. It is believed that this beverage originated in China about 221 BC. The name “kombucha” was given to it by the Japanese about 415 AD.
The Moscow Food Co-op always has four varieties of Bare Culture Kombucha on tap, and the flavors rotate. Reusable bottles are available to purchase at the taps. Bare Culture has created over 20 flavors thus far, but all the flavors start with their Bare Naked base variety which is made from black tea, green tea and organic sugar that has been fermented with that blob of bacteria and yeast. That blob is called a SCOBY which stands for a “symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast”.
The dizzying array of flavors they have so far offered include Huckleberry, Passion Orange Guava, Peach Berry Mango, Acai Pomegranate, Pink Lady Raspberry, Lychee Passion, Hibiscus Lavender, Chili Lime Mango, Pomegranate Ginger, Beet Lemon Ginger, Sassy Apple, Caramelized Pineapple, Paradise Ginger, Meyer Lemon Ginger, Strawberry Blood Orange, Goji Pear, Goji Pomegranate, Sarsaparilla, Chai, Tart Cherry Mint, Honey Crisp Cranberry, Mango Tarragon and more to come!
We’re fortunate to live in one of the four states where you can get Bare Culture’s Kombucha which includes Idaho, Washington, Oregon and Montana. Bare Culture also has a physical location you can visit in Coeur d’Alene. Their tap room is currently open from 11-6 Monday through Thursday. Their hours vary seasonally, so I’d give them a call first or check out their Facebook page. While there, you can sample all the varieties they have on tap while relaxing on their outdoor patio or enjoying a game of ping pong or foosball.
Bare Culture’s Motto is: “Always Fresh, Always Raw, Always Healthy, Always Delicious”.
Bare Culture Kombucha’s Company Snapshot
- Founded in 2015
- Headquartered in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
- P6 member (local and small)
- Kombucha Brewer’s International Member
All this information and more can be found at bareculture.com. Some historical and technical information in this article can be found at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kombucha.
Amy Newsome didn’t think she liked Kombucha after she tried a bottled brand that her husband likes. It wasn’t until she tried Bare Culture’s Acai Pomegranate on tap at the Co-op that she found kombucha to actually be pretty tasty.