An effervescent, fizzy drink, Kombucha Tea serves as a functional food, meaning it helps promote certain health benefits or prevents certain diseases from occurring. Unfortunately, like any good health product, there are greedy individuals out there looking to prey on people with health concerns. These greedy individuals and companies provide other forms of Kombucha that simply do not work and are marketed as the cheaper, and unbelievably, more convenient option over brewing Kombucha Tea the traditional way. Some of these products aren’t even cheap but are marketed on the supposed convenience option targeting people ignorant about Kombucha so that they end up paying higher prices click this link.
Only in the recent years has Kombucha Tea started to be bottled commercially and by most, including this author, it is considered to be a good product. However, the commercially bottled tea often sells upwards to four dollars, per bottle! This is eight times the cost of what it would cost for you to easily home brew this remarkable beverage; as has traditionally been done for thousands of years.
Commercially bottled unpasteurized Kombucha is often more carbonated and that is not a health benefit. Further still, if bottled and stored too long before being sold the raw tea often tastes too sour or acidic because the living pro-biotic bacteria and yeast of Kombucha continue the fermentation of the tea even in the bottle. The longer it is left to ferment the sourer or acidic it becomes. Some commercial brewers of Kombucha will sell a pasteurized tea to overcome this problem but once pasteurized most pro-biotic benefits to drinking the tea are destroyed.
One example of a fraudulent Kombucha product are the Kombucha Tea tablets, or capsules, as sold on some Kombucha web sites, by Internet vendors of health products, and in brick & mortar health food store chains. Just in the sense of logic, the only way to realize the health benefits of Kombucha Tea is to drink the actual tea; tablets/capsules simply do not have the same effect, if any, that the tea does. In fact, there is no actual evidence that properly links these supposed beneficial “convenience products” and any kind of health benefit what-so-ever.
Many Kombucha web sites market what are known as continuous brewing systems. The problem with these, besides the fact that they are extremely expensive, is that Kombucha Tea requires brewing much like beer or wine. Continuous brewing systems are not used to ferment these kinds of beverages. Brewing continuously contributes to the over-fermentation of the tea resulting in the tea becoming too acidic or sour to the taste. The profit incentive is the main reason continuous brewing systems are being sold.
Another terrible offense is the sale of supposed Kombucha extracts with claims of health benefits. So-called extract is really just regular Kombucha Tea that has gone sour and vinegary, sold for high prices in tiny amounts. This is nothing more than a consumer rip-off. The same can be said for tea bags being sold that are labeled with the name Kombucha. You simply cannot dry up the metabolic acids and living pro-biotic bacteria and yeasts then put them in a bag and expect them render any more of a health benefit than eating cardboard.