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Kombucha, a zeitgeist of hip, health-conscious counter practice, is born from Eastern culture. It’s traditionally brewed in Russia but can possibly be dated back to China in 221 BCE. Communities in India widely enjoy kombucha tea, and the United States is finally jumping on board with this ancient brew.
According to a short history about the drink from the LA Times, “chayniy grib,” as kombucha is known in Russia, was enjoyed as an alternative to fizzy sodas. Now more than a soda pop alternative, the spread of kombucha is having a resurgence.
The simple drink boasts a far healthier profile than it’s carbonated counterparts. Just three ingredients go into kombucha: tea, sugar, and SCOBY. Every culture calls it something else, but the “SCOBY” is essentially a collection of (good) yeast and (good) bacteria.