What is Kombucha?
Kombucha is fermented tea. Basic kombucha requires only four ingredients: tea, sugar, kombucha culture, and time. Through the magic of fermentation, these things result in a light, refreshing, fizzy drink that's not only delicious, but also offers a plethora of health benefits (see below). Kombucha has been around for thousands of years, but has only hit the mainstream in the past decade or two. And we want to spread the kombucha love!
Vox Kombucha is brewed with the finest-quality spring water. Like craft-brewed beer, there are dozens of factors and variables that can affect the final product. We at Vox have fine-tuned our processes and recipes to produce consistently delicious bottles of booch, delivering the best craft-kombucha around!
We use all organic ingredients in our brewing process, incorporating local and fair trade ingredients whenever possible. While bigger kombucha brands often add CO2 to ensure that consistent fizz, we believe it is important to keep things as natural as possible and let the tea go through a second fermentation process to reach natural carbonation, for optimal health and flavour.
We're also committed to waste reduction! Unlike most single serving beverages, we don't just recycle, but actually take back, wash, and reuse as many bottles as possible and even use washable organic cotton tea bags in our brewing. Because we are a small company, slight variations may occur. Whether it be subtle changes in flavour, fizziness, or hue.
We only sell locally, so if you're drinking it, you know you're getting a top-quality local bevvie, and supporting a local small business to boot!
How can I get my hands on this awesome Kombucha?
Vox Kombucha sells in grocery stores, restaurants, and cafes in Wakefield, Chelsea, and Gatineau, Quebec, as well as in Ottawa, Ontario. We're adding more stores all the time! Check back regularly for more details on our fine retailers. Interested in stocking Vox in your shop or business? Drop us a line and we'll hook you up!
Wakefield General Store, Juniper Farm, Wakefield Express, Pipolinka Bakery, Depanneur Bonne-Heure, Wakefield Centre, Kaffe 1870, Fauxmagerie My Tiny Cupboard, The Village House, Wakefield Market (Saturdays, May-Oct, 9am-1pm @ Wakefield Centre), Magasin Général La Pêche, Cafe Molos
Biscotti & Cie, Palmier, Freshmart, Chelsea Smokehouse, Bistro 827, Paddlefit, Les Fougeres, La Cigale, Larrimac Golf Course, Hendrick Farm Store
Market Organics, Rainbow Foods, Herb & Spice Shop on Bank, Herb & Spice Shop on Wellington, Ottawa Organics, Quitters Coffee, Grounded Kitchen, Bridge Public House, Ottawa Farmers Market (Landsdowne location, year-round)
Looking to stock your fridge with kombucha at a discount? Vox Kombucha also offers bulk direct sales! Shoot us an email and we'll send you the deets!
Do I have to keep it in the fridge? How long is it good for?
Yes! Keep it in the fridge. The cool thing about natural, unpasteurized fermentation is that it continues to be alive even after the bottling process. When refrigerated, the kombucha ferments at a more dormant pace, but when returned to room temperature, it perks up again! This gives you (the kombucha drinker) the ability to fine tune the level of fizziness: keep it in the fridge or, if you feel that you would like it to be fizzier, leave it out on the counter for a few hours or up to a day. We can’t suggest that you leave it out any longer than that, as things could get messy! If kept refrigerated, it'll keep for 6 months or more, but we bet you'll polish it off long before that!
What's this stuff about health benefits?
During the process of fermentation, the healthy bacteria and yeasts in the kombucha culture metabolize the nutrients in the tea as well as the sugar (we use organic cane sugar), and change their nature. The result is nutrients that are more bioavailable (are more easily absorbed by the body) and beneficial acids that contribute to our overall well-being, aiding in digestion and fostering a healthy gut flora (essential for our bodies to properly absorb nutrients). There are many health claims floating around out there about kombucha, some true, some questionable, but new scientific evidence is turning up all the time to affirm that it's great for overall health and well-being!
People often ask about the sugar in kombucha. The fermentation of kombucha relies on it, as the SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast, the kombucha culture that causes the fermentation process), needs sugar. The healthy bacteria and yeasts in the scoby metabolize the sweet tea, using the sugar for calories and tannins for nutrients. In the process, much of the sugar is transformed into healthy acids and CO2, which is great for our systems! The result is a drink that lightly sweet. As the saying goes, most of the sugar is for the SCOBY, not for you!
I have ____ health condition, is kombucha right for me?
While kombucha is great for most people, Vox Kombucha can't make any personal health recommendations. Speak with a registered nutritionist and/or your doctor to determine if kombucha and other foods/drinks are a good fit for your nutritional needs.