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What is Kefir soda?

Kefir Soda is a sparkling probiotic water, made with raw heritage tibicos—also called kefir cultures (or water kefir grains).

ALL OUR Kefir soda IS

USDA Organic
Non-GMO
RAW - Kombucha
Dairy Free
Gluten Free
Vegan
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Buchi kefir soda

Fermentation— elevated.

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Live & Active –
Never Pasteurized

Buchi Kefir Soda is 100% raw. We would never consider pasteurizing all of those wonderful naturally occurring live and active cultures!

In fact, Buchi Kefir Soda is so live and active, that you can use the soda in your bottle to make your own.

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Kefir Culture

Tibicos culture forms on the pads of the Opuntia cactus as hard granules, which can be used to make water kefir. This gentle, but profound fermented brew, has been refreshing people around the world for centuries, and can be traced back to the Opuntia Cactus plant found in Mexico.

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Open-Air Fermentation

Our fermentation process follows the ancient method of open-air (lambic) fermentation which allows beneficial wild yeast and bacteria to make their way into our Kefir Soda.

If you think our Kefir Soda tastes better, and leaves you feeling more revitalized than others out there, this is probably why! It’s that fresh mountain air feeding and nurturing the microbes!

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Craft–Brewed In-House

It’s important that we have a hand in every part of making our own drinks, that’s why we invest heavily in our own lab and kitchen – so we can create unique flavors and facilitate the best in-industry standards.

Plus, it wouldn’t feel very authentic for us to have another company create our recipes – not gonna happen!

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CRAFTED WITH YAUPON HOLLY

Yaupon Holly is the only known indigenous tea plant to North America that contains anti-inflammatory properties, natural caffeine, and is high in antioxidants. This super-leaf was discovered thousands of years ago by Native Tribes in the southeastern U.S. They referred to it as “The Purifier,” and “Big Medicine,” believing that it cleansed the body and mind.

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OPEN-AIR FERMENTATION

Our fermentation process follows the ancient method of open-air (lambic) fermentation instead of fermenting in a closed off tank. The open-air process lets all of the beneficial and wild yeast and bacteria make their way into our kombucha.

If you think our kombucha tastes better, and leaves you feeling more revitalized than others out there, this is probably why! It’s that fresh mountain air making its way into your kombucha!

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Live & Active
Never PASTEURIZED

Buchi Kombucha is 100% raw. We would never consider pasteurizing all of those wonderful naturally occurring live and active cultures!

In fact, Buchi Kombucha is so live and active, that you can use the kombucha in your bottle to make your own.

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CRAFT-BREWED IN HOUSE

It’s important for us to have a hand in every part of making our own kombucha, that’s why we invested heavily in building out our own lab, which allows us to do our own flavor development and testing.

It wouldn’t feel very authentic for us to farm our recipe development out.

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How do you say Kefir?

And other common questions about our drinks

What is Kefir Soda?

Kefir Soda is our non-dairy fermented probiotic drink brewed with heritage tibicos cultures - aka Kefir cultures, Kefir grains, african bees, or sea rice (different names – same meaning!). Water Kefir, originating centuries ago, can be traced back to the Opuntia Cactus plant found in Mexico. Inspired by those before us, we created Kefir Soda, with refreshing, modern flavors that infuse fresh fruit with medicinal herbs.

How is Kefir Soda Made?

The process to make Kefir Soda is similar to that of Kombucha. You start with Tibicos culture (Kefir grains), water, and sugar. The culture forms a SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast), and through the fermentation process creates a delicious, fizzy, probiotic drink. We add flavors made from whole foods and medicinal herbs for taste and nutritive value.

So, Kefir Soda isn’t made with milk?

Nope! Kefir grains come from the Opuntia cactus and are a traditional reusable starter culture used to make a dairy-free fermented beverage.

Hang on – grains? Does Kefir Soda have gluten?

Nope! Kefir grains are referred to as such simply due to their shape. They look like grains of rice! They’re actually just a SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast) in a different shape.

How is Kefir Soda different from Kombucha? Is it still good for me?

  • Kombucha can be an aid to digestion. In addition to the beneficial bacteria, it also contains some acids and enzymes to aid in the breaking down of food.
  • Water Kefir is more of a general probiotic beverage. While it does contain enzymes and acids, they don’t seem to have quite as strong an effect as those in Kombucha. However, water Kefir contains a greater number of bacteria strains than those found in Kombucha.
  • Both beverages are beneficial in aiding natural functions in the body, and both are great for hydration. Depending on your needs, consuming one or both is a matter of individual taste.

What is fermentation?

By definition, fermentation is a metabolic process that produces chemical changes in organic matter through the action of enzymes. To put it simply, it is helpful yeast and bacteria eating sugar to make probiotics.

What is a SCOBY?

SCOBY stands for a Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast, and looks like small grains of rice (Kefir grains) in Kefir.

Does Kefir Soda have sugar in it?

All Kefir is made with sugar. Sugar is what fuels fermentation, and most is absorbed during the fermentation process. Buchi believes in using simple, whole ingredients to make the most well-rounded, delicious, and quality Kefir.


Does Buchi Kefir Soda have any gluten or allergens?

No to gluten!  Buchi has been 100% gluten-free since 2018. As far as allergens go, the FDA classifies coconut water as a tree nut in the Big 8. Our Water and Seed Kombucha, as well as our Strawberry Coconut Kefir Soda contain coconut water. All our equipment is sanitized after production to ensure no cross-contamination.


Is Buchi Kefir Soda alcoholic?

Nope! Buchi Kefir Soda consistently tests under the .5% ABV set by regulatory agencies for what constitutes an alcoholic beverage. We test each batch throughout fermentation and are in compliance with existing laws.


Is Buchi Kefir Soda raw and unpasteurized?

Yes! Buchi Kefir Soda is raw and unpasteurized. Much of the benefit of drinking Kefir Soda comes from its billions of living beneficial bacteria (probiotics), which are essential for good digestive health. We would never consider pasteurizing (heating to death) all of those wonderful naturally occurring live and active cultures. In fact, Buchi Kefir Soda is so live and active that you can use the kombucha in your bottle to make your own.


Can I drink Kefir Soda if I’m pregnant?

Since we are not doctors we can't give any official medical advice. We can share, however, that both of the Buchi Mamas (our founders, Jeannine and Sarah), frequently drank kombucha throughout pregnancy and nursing. We recommend making this decision on a personal level after doing your own research and speaking to your healthcare provider.


Does Buchi’s Kefir Soda have caffeine?

Buchi Kefir Soda is caffeine-free!


Is Buchi Kefir Soda and our facility Kosher?

Yes! Buchi is pleased to have been certified Kosher and pareve by Rabbi Zev Schwarcz at IKC, the International Kosher Council.

Can you help me homebrew my own Kefir Soda?

We love that you are considering homebrewing! Because Buchi Kefir Soda is unpasteurized and raw, it's 100% live and active, meaning you can use the brew in our bottle to make your own Kefir Soda. We’ve even included the recipe for how to make Kefir Soda on our bottle labels and cases.

Where can I find Buchi near me?

Check out the retailer map on the Find page of our website. You can search by product, city or zip code.

Our Promise

We are committed to making all of this gut goodness better for the earth, while using our resources as a force for good.

We will always be responsible in our sourcing and manufacturing.

We believe in a culture of sharing and openness. A place has been set at the table for you—all our welcome, just as you are.

Bubbly, delicious, and raw.

3 drinks, 16 flavors, endless possibilities.

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