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House Kombucha contains approximately less than one-third as much caffeine as its equivalent amount of tea. Because we use either green, black or white tea in our brews, each one has a different caffeine concentration. Also some our brews are mainly herbal, which cuts down the caffeine level as well. For context, House Kombucha is about the level of decaffeinated coffee which ranges between 5-12 mg of caffeine per 8oz. serving.
Our independent tests have shown the following results for House Kombucha:
- Citrus Hibiscus 12.93 mg per 8 oz. serving (Assam Black tea and hibiscus flowers)
- Ginger Fire and Ginger Ice 7.66 mg per 8 oz. serving ( Imperial Green tea and chili peppers or dried peppermint)
- Lavender Lemonade 3.7 mg per 8 oz. serving
- Rose Black: 19 mg per 8 oz. serving (Assam Black tea)
- Sun Blossom: 5.6 mg per 8 oz. serving (White tea)
- Vanilla Sarsaparilla 12.93 mg per 8 oz. serving (Assam Black tea and Chicory Root)
While some traditional healers suggest that a 4 ounce serving of kombucha daily is sufficient to have a positive probiotic effect, there is no recommended serving size.
Is it Non-GMO, Organic Vegan, and Made in an Allergen-Free facility?
Do I need to refrigerate it?
Refrigerate as soon as you can for the best quality. It's alive but it's not going to spoil like milk. The main concerns about leaving it out at room temperature is continued fermentation and flavor alteration. The pH of the kombucha keeps it naturally preserved from spoilage.
Are there Mushrooms in this? Do you use a SCOBY?
Kombucha is also known as mushroom tea because of the gooey awesome layer that grows on-top of a batch of kombucha. This layer can develop super thick and globular layers. Some people are making kombucha leather and other cool things from this material. It is basically a cellulose mat that is both the by-product and the substrate in which yeast and bacteria to grow, kind of like a coral reef for bacteria. Back in the 1990's moms were giving these mushrooms to each other and teaching each other to make "mushroom tea". That's how I learned about kombucha, from my mom and her wacky Thai immigrant friends!
This mushroom is not really a mushroom at all. It is commonly called a SCOBY, which stands for Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast. Home brewers tend to get a little over fascinated by SCOBY. I eventually learned that the SCOBY is not necessary for brewing because the yeast and bacteria are abundant in the kombucha beverage itself. We use an aged vat of kombucha as our Starter and do not intentionally save or grow SCOBY. We strain it out and compost it. No, we don't sell it and we probably can't save it for you. Since we don't have a ton of space and capacity to get into a SCOBY venture this stuff goes straight into the compost.
I am avoiding yeast. And sugar. And I need to alkalize my body! Can I drink Kombucha?
Candida fighting diet
Kombucha cultures consist of beneficial yeasts, which ought to rebalance the system and help fight pathogenic yeast like Candida.
Kombucha is considered alkalizing because it is like a raw vinegar. The acid profile of kombucha is mainly from aceterbacter, the same bacteria that is used to make mother of vinegar. In fact, kombucha vinegar is what happens if you don't bottle your kombucha and just let it continue to ferment. While processed vinegars are acid forming, raw vinegar has an alkalizing effect. So does raw lemon juice which we use in some of our brews. Ultimately the House Kombucha flavor profile strives to be mild and not too acidic, so it should be easy on your system. However, everyone's body is different and it is important to pay attention to what you put in your body and how it makes you feel.
Sugar-free diet & Sugar Content
As for sugar, the sugar content is far lower than soda and juice, but there is some sugar! These sugars are mainly pre-digested by the SCOBY into a low-glycemic form. There is 4 grams of organic cane sugar per 8oz serving of House Kombucha.
House Kombucha is considered a non-alcohol beverage because the alcohol levels are kept below the .5% legal limit. There is less than half a percent of alcohol in House Kombucha. Whether you are in recovery, breastfeeding, pregnant or have a religious aversion to alcohol, understand that there may be a trace amount of alcohol in it. Personally, I drank kombucha through both pregnancies and am a member of a religion that forbids alcohol consumption. It is my interpretation of my body and faith that kombucha is a healthy choice for me. Others may be more sensitive and cautious, so I want to be clear that a trace amount of alcohol is in traditionally fermented kombuchas pretty much regardless of brand. House Kombucha is considered non-alcoholic, unless you leave it out of refrigeration for an extended amount of time which could increase the alcohol content slightly.
How long do you ferment?
We use a long ferment continuous style brew starter that is well aged for over two months and use this starter to do a shorter fermentation tailored to the needs of each flavor.
How much does shipping cost?
Select zones in the Bay Area (SF, East Bay and Marin Country) qualify for $8 delivery directly by House Kombucha. Anything out of our Bay Area will vary. The best way to know your cost is to place a draft order to find out the full shipping cost.
When will my order arrive?
All orders are shipped out every Wednesday via UPS, meaning they will be delivered Friday/Saturday depending on location of delivery. During holiday weeks it may vary depending on UPS schedules during the holidays.
My package was damaged.
If this happens we will email you to let you know of the damages and send a new package. However, if you do receive a damaged package please email us at email@example.com and we will send over a new order or refund an amount to cover price damages.
I want to Pick Up for Free, what's the pick up address?
The pick up location for orders/cases is at our partner restaurant Belladi Kitchen, 378 Embarcadero West, Oakland, Ca 9407. They are opened everyday 11:00am to 3:00pm. But check the Yelp page in case of holiday or unexpected closures.
When can I pick up my order?
All orders that are under pick-up get sent over to Belladi, most orders will be ready for pick up at 2:30pm on Mondays/Fridays. Any order placed Monday and/or after will get sent over on Friday and any order placed Friday and /or will be sent over on Monday.
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Types of subscription w/ discount
We have 5 different subscription options each with a different % of discount.
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Every other week subscription = 10%
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Every other month = 5%
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