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Crafted

Without

Compromise

Buchi's craft brewed organic

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What is Kombucha?

Kombucha is a fermented probiotic tea. We like to call it nature’s original soda—naturally carbonated and full of beneficial bacteria, yeasts, and acids imparted to it by its mother culture, often referred to as a SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture of Yeast & Bacteria).

ALL OUR KOMBUCHA IS

USDA Organic
Non-GMO
RAW - Kombucha
Dairy Free
Gluten Free
Vegan

What makes Buchi kombucha different?

Fermentation— elevated.

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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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Heirloom Culture

Our SCOBY lineage can be traced back to that very first mother from over 10 years ago. We even have a SCOBY family tree showing the lineage of our heirloom culture. Pretty cool, right?

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Open-Air Fermentation

Our fermentation process follows the ancient method of open-air (lambic) fermentation which allows all the beneficial wild yeast and bacteria to 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 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 kombucha, 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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HEIRLOOM CULTURE

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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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What is Kombucha?

And other common questions about our drinks

What is Kombucha?

Kombucha is an ancient beverage that is made by fermenting tea. It's an unpasteurized fermented food similar to yogurt or kimchi, and has been cultured by communities as a folk tradition for thousands of years. Kombucha is full of raw nutrients, and beneficial bacteria, including probiotics, that support overall wellbeing.

How is Kombucha made?

Kombucha is made by adding a culture (SCOBY – a Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast) to sweetened brewed tea and allowing it to ferment. Buchi follows the natural, traditional process of open-air fermentation.

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 caffeine and sugar to make probiotics.

What is a SCOBY?

SCOBY stands for a Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast, and looks like a flat, pale, floating mushroom. Its texture is rubbery and a little squishy. It’s just as weird as it sounds, and equally amazing! The SCOBY forms across the surface of the Kombucha during fermentation.

Is Kombucha made with a mushroom?

No. Kombucha got the nickname "mushroom tea" because of the pancake-like culture (called a SCOBY – A Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast) which forms across the surface of the brew during fermentation, but there aren't actually mush­rooms in Kombucha.

Does Kombucha have sugar in it?

All Kombucha 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 Kombucha.

Does Buchi Kombucha 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 Kombucha alcoholic?

Nope! Buchi Kombucha 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 Kombucha raw and unpasteurized?

Yes! Buchi Kombucha is raw and unpasteurized. Much of the benefit of drinking Kombucha 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 Kombucha is so live and active that you can use the Kombucha in your bottle to make your own.

One thing worth noting is that some brands do pasteurize their Kombucha, which makes it less expensive to transport and store. Though it would make our distribution cheaper and our shelf-life longer, pasteurized Kombucha is not the real deal. We like it to be 100% live and active, and bet you feel the same way!

Can I drink Kombucha 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 Kombucha have caffeine?

The organic teas we use in our Kombucha do have caffeine, but almost all of it is consumed during fermentation. A bottle of Buchi Kombucha has about the same amount of caffeine as a white tea or decaffeinated Starbucks coffee. While most people deem this a negligible amount, if you have a caffeine sensitivity you might want to start slow with Kombucha and see how your body responds.

Are Buchi’s Kombucha 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.

Do you sell SCOBYs? Can you help me homebrew my own Kombucha?

We love that you are considering homebrewing! We do sell SCOBYs! They are hidden inside every single bottle of Buchi on the shelf. Because Buchi is unpasteurized and raw, it's 100% live and active, meaning you can use the brew in our bottle to make your own Kombucha. We’ve even included the recipe for how to make Kombucha 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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