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What’s alive in you?

Welcome. Take time here. A moment or two – to slow down, explore and nourish what’s alive in you.

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  1. Slow down. Reflect on this month’s prompt
  2. Explore. Read this month’s Good Gut Digest
  3. Nourish. Delight in this month’s fermented recipe
Reflection
Full Moon — 19 Nov

Beaver Moon

The days throw long shadows in the last of the autumn light, welcoming the season for gathering. There’s time to prepare. The chilly mist on the morning river nudges the beaver to begin to build its winter lair. As each slender stick touches the next, something strong and stable emerges. What you are building now will be a refuge in the leaner months, a place of deep warmth, safe from the rushing river and its eddies. Your commitment now will be a source of deep gratitude. What traditions bring you comfort?

Prompt

What do you long for, and what might feed it?

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What traditions bring you comfort?

Baking with friends - sharing laughs in the kitchen.

Walking in the woods around our farm or in the neighborhood. Spending time with our animals. Taking care or fixing something from a wheel barrow to a historic structure. Less time in front of a computer. Engaging with the natural world with or without humans.

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Coming together around the holidays with family and friends and enjoying specially made meals, and a sharing in life.

Starting up our wood-burning fire place for the first time, marking the change of seasons.

Thanksgiving with my family. I love getting time to talk and catch up at a slower pace.

Good Gut Digest — Nov 2021

Immune Health Begins in the Gut

This month, we've got a special guest post from our friends at Sona Pharmacy.

There’s no denying it: “immune health” is now a trending topic around the world. In the past, most of us would focus our “immune-boosting” efforts around cold and flu season, or perhaps before traveling. But between a global pandemic and a general desire to become healthier, people are wondering, “How do I really create and maintain a healthy immune system year-round?”

Good Gut Digest — Nov 2021

Does Buchi Kombucha have caffeine?

Have you ever been enjoying the effervescent boost of kombucha in the morning and wondered, “How much caffeine is in here anyway?” Well we’re here to fill you in!

First off, what is caffeine? 

Caffeine is a naturally occurring substance found in cocoa plants, coffee beans, & tea leaves. Used to stimulate the brain and elevate the mood, it is no wonder that around 80% of adults in North America regularly consume it daily, making it the most widely used psychoactive substance in the world! As a stimulant, it speeds up the nervous system which can provide the benefit of enhancing performance and mental alertness, but can also reduce fine motor coordination, like hand steadiness. If you’ve ever had one-too-many cups of coffee, you may have experienced the headache or jitteriness often associated with high levels of caffeine. 


Not all caffeine is created equal.

Have you ever noticed that your body responds to the caffeine in coffee and tea differently? This is likely due to the fact that tea also contains L-theanine, an amino acid and natural relaxant that is known to reduce anxiety. Studies show that L-theanine combats caffeine’s stimulatory effects by promoting alpha brain waves, which calm the mind. This magic combination of caffeine and L-theanine has been shown to improve cognitive performance and mood! We’ll never turn down an opportunity for an extra dose of dopamine and serotonin - Thanks, tea! 


So, how much caffeine is in kombucha? 

The short answer? It depends. 

Remember when we talked about the 3 magic ingredients of kombucha being tea, sugar & SCOBY? Well, the tea that is used when brewing kombucha is typically either green, black, or a blend of the two. The ratio of the tea blend, the period of time the tea leaves steep, and how long the kombucha ferments are all factors that play a role in how much caffeine remains in the end product.

While the caffeine content will increase with longer steep times, it will decrease the longer it is fermented. It’s all about balance, baby! The more time the tea is left hanging out in hot water, the more caffeine is allowed to seep into the blend. Alternatively, the fermentation process allows yeast and bacteria to consume much, if not most, of the caffeine. 



How much caffeine is in Buchi kombucha?
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 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.


Sensitive to caffeine? Try our Kefir Soda!

All Buchi Kefir Sodas are naturally caffeine-free! Kefir Soda is our non-dairy fermented probiotic drink brewed with heritage tibicos cultures - AKA water Kefir cultures. The process to make Kefir Soda is similar to that of Kombucha, except instead of fermenting tea, we’re fermenting water Kefir grains! 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. Your body gets those same bubbly benefits, without the boost of caffeine!


Love caffeine? Stay tuned for an exciting announcement coming soon…. 


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Recipe

Mulled Kombucha

Fill your home with soothing seasonal scents, and warm up these chilly nights with mulled kombucha

3-4 cans Buchi Holiday kombucha

chopped into large pieces

2-3 teaspoons organic sugar

cloves peeled and crushed with the flat of a knife

3 expelled citrus peels

with peel, chopped into large pieces

1 star anise pod

(sub in cardamom if you prefer the flavor!)

1 cinnamon stick

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About Buchi

We make deliciously complex living drinks—with fruit and botanicals—for living deeply, lightly.

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Our Ingredients

Quality matters. We remain dedicated to using the best ingredients for our drinks—because you and the earth deserve it.

Our Process

Method matters. We are committed to following the ancient method of wild fermentation.

Our Promise

Integrity matters. All of our drinks are rigorously made to the same high standards.

Organic
Raw & Unpasteurized
Non-GMO
Gluten-Free
Vegan

”It starts within”

There is a moment
This humble critical moment
That is here, always here
Fleeting yet eternal

Stretching, reaching
Like the ebb and flow of the sea
Tentative and persistent

This wild seed of life
Rooting deeply,
Breaking through the surface

Rough, rocky earth
Still tender, nourishing
Dark and rich

A simple recipe of truth
Pain, pleasure
Wild and tame

It starts within
This life
This moment

Why this question?

a letter from our founders

2020 was a year of reckoning. All of us have been invited to the table of suffering, and it has the potential to bring us into awakening, individually and collectively. During a year of so much loss, it feels important to re-prioritize and bring into focus what we cherish, the forgotten or looked over, the new patterns that are emerging, or the areas that feel empty — longing to be filled.

During the pandemic, we intentionally carried the question — What's Alive In You? — for ourselves and then to those we worked with and stakeholders with which we engaged. A simple question yet so rich felt like a step we could take, and a practice so accessible that we wanted to share. So we set an intention for this year to ask this question every month — to our team, and to you.

It’s an invitation to go inward and start paying attention. To look for what’s alive. To observe, question and learn — to nourish what we see and watch it grow. To take care of ourselves — our bodies, our minds, our spirits. When we embrace this center-point, we unfold into a wider reach almost by a force that is extending us outward. To nurture and take care of those around us, our families, our kith and kin, our communities — our human family.