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We’re passionate about the benefits of kombucha, so we’ve started this blog to share ideas, thoughts, articles, recipes and much more! 

Thursday, 14 November 2013 11:36

Brewing Kombucha tea; life responding to life

Anyone who has ever tried making kombucha tea at home will know that the brewing process can be a very hit and miss affair.

Some attribute this to the temperamental nature of the live culture, yet at the end of the day it is only responding to the conditions in which it is being placed. If you have a busy lifestyle and try to rush the process and leave your brew to ferment in isolation for days on end, then chances are your kombucha culture won’t respond by providing you with a perfect brew every time.


Green-fingered people know that plants respond and flourish to loving care and attention because vegetation – like anything else that grows - is imbued with a life-force, and the kombucha culture is no different. Like human beings, if lavished with care and love the brew will tend to produce good results every time, but if neglected or rushed the brew will likely turn against you.

We’re often asked how is it possible to produce large volumes of top quality kombucha tea at a time, bearing the above in mind? Well, we (just!) stop short of piping Buddhist chants non-stop to our brewing vessels but work with individual batches at a time and, critically, by hand with no industrial processes or large-scale industrial equipment whatsoever.

This simple process enables us to develop a symbiotic relationship with the culture and nurture it to its fullest potential, in turn providing you the finest and most alive kombucha tea possible!

Thursday, 12 September 2013 14:32

Grab-and-Go! Kombucha

We've been producing authentic hand-crafted kombucha tea for a little over ten years.

While GO! Kombucha has undergone several name changes in its evolution - Boathouse Kombucha and Gaia's Organic Kombucha to name two - one constant is the 750ml bottle size, intended for customers to take home and drink at leisure (we recommend new customers to enjoy just 125ml a day for 6 days to allow the body to adapt to kombucha tea's revitalizing properties; therefore a 750ml bottle serves as an introductory course. Thereafter to drink up to three glasses spread throughout the day).

not your conventional soft drink!

But what became increasingly evident from in store samplings across London was that many people were wanting to enjoy GO! Kombucha on the move. Inevitably requests for smaller size “grab-and-go” bottles became routine, and growing awareness of kombucha tea in the UK and the constant fine-tuning of GO! Kombucha itself enabled us, finally, to expand and branch out into the on-the-go market earlier this year

Our new 250ml bottles continue the 125ml serving trend - ideal for drinking throughout the day - for example half a bottle in the morning and half in the afternoon - as opposed to all in one go as with conventional grab-and-go drinks. We are delighted that customers have responded so positively to our elegant new GO! Kombucha flavours launched in May - China White and Golden Yunnan, each selected for their sophisticated and contrasting flavours - and with the speed at which kombucha tea is now “mainstreaming” in the UK!

The kombucha culture is a gelatinous, continuously reproducing symbiotic colony of beneficial bacteria and yeasts.

Consumption of kombucha tea dates back to the Ancient Chinese Dynasties of 221B.C. where its revitalising properties were infused with tea and enjoyed by emperors and warriors alike. Zen Masters regarded Kombucha as a valuable source of ‘chi’ - life energy which aligns and harmonises the body and mind with the soul.

Over the centuries as trade routes expanded, the kombucha tea recipe travelled west into Russia, Europe and America where, today, it is the drink of choice for everyone from "raw foodies" on the East Coast to the Hollywood "jet set" on the West.

GO! Kombucha enables you to experience the natural wonder of deliciously potent, authentic, real Kombucha tea just as it's been enjoyed for millennia.