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What Kind of Tea Can I Use to Make Kombucha?

Kombucha and Tea

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The legend goes . . . in China, 2727 BC, the Emperor Shen Nong, who was known as “the divine healer,” was boiling his water to clean out impurities. The pot was underneath a tea bush and several leaves fell into the pot. The pot had such a wonderful fragrance, color, and taste that the emperor quickly told everyone of his findings. Tea soon became a daily drink throughout all of China.
IMG_6623Next to water, tea is the most consumed beverage in the world. Everybody seems to love it - including me. India serves chai tea on every street corner, and it has become their national drink. Japan loves their matcha tea which is green and powdered and quite revered. Morocco drinks gallons of mint tea, and it is considered to be an act of hospitality to serve mint tea to their guests. The British are famous for afternoon tea. They brought the tea from India when Britain was an empire so many years ago. Tea has exploded in America, and one of my favorite ways to have tea is in kombucha.

There are many different types of tea you can use in kombucha, but you shouldn't substitute herbal teas to make kombucha as it needs the tannins in tea to culture properly and also to make it bubbly.  Tannins are compounds in tea, especially black tea, which give tea its refreshingly astringent, slightly bitter taste. Since herbal teas don't contain as many tannins, it is best not to use them, lest your kombucha not ferment properly.

Teas You Can Use to Make Kombucha

Green Tea is rich in catechins (antioxidants)  which increase the body’s ability to burn fat as fuel, and improves bone mineral density and strength.

Black Tea is loaded with antioxidants and has some much needed protections against many types of cancer, including breast, colon, colorectal, skin, lung, liver, ovarian, prostate and oral cancers.

This tea is caffeine free and rooibos has many health benefits including help with headaches, insomnia, asthma, and eczema.

Jasmine Pearl is not an “herbal tea,” as many think. It is actually tea that can be green, white, or black, that is flavored with jasmine flowers to create the unique scent and taste. It is most commonly used with green tea and has the same benefits as other teas with the addition of the jasmine flower and its wonderful fragrance.

Many people switch from coffee to Yerba Mate tea because of the enhanced mental clarity, alertness, focus, and concentration. Yerba mate contains a moderate amount of caffeine and the word Mateine is simply another name for caffeine.

White Tea has many of the same benefits as black and green tea but it undergoes less processing which helps in retaining high levels of phytochemicals.

One of the most noted benefits of hibiscus tea is relief from high blood pressure. It also helps with high cholesterol as well as digestive, immune system, and inflammatory problems.

Check out my Kombucha Loves Coffee blog for all the benefits of coffee.

This is a great alternative for those who don’t drink coffee. It tastes similar to coffee and is quite delicious. This may brew faster depending on the temperature in your home.

No matter which tea or coffee you decide to use to make kombucha, make sure you use the correct amount of tea to ensure your kombucha ferments properly.

"Brew your own kombucha - it will have your unique style and taste. We need more fermenters in this world to spread the good bacteria everywhere!"

Donna

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