Sounds like one of those “Hakuna Matata” phrases, doesn’t it? But Kombucha actually means “tea mushroom” or “tea kvass” (in Russian: chainyj kvas, чайный квас) and it’s a fermented tea-based drink originated from China or Japan and brought to Europe by Russia and Germany.
Some sources say it’s a strange brew, some say it’s trendy and healing, it’s popular among health enthusiasts and even Coca-Cola Co. owns a line of Kombucha products. Kombucha has a long history reaching more than 2 000 years back. But the secret is as simple as fermenting tea using Kombucha (bacterial) cultures and a bit of sugar.
I’ve found Kombucha in a local supermarket under the brand of Carpe Diem who uses herbal teas as a base for producing this drink. It’s true that Kombucha has a specific flavor and smell that might not be to everyone’s taste. But luckily I liked it a lot and it reminded me of Lithuanian kvass which you can get in almost every bar around.
With summer approaching soon I think it’s one of these light and refreshing beverages that can quench your thirst and still be healthy.
My source and a more detailed read on: Trendy fizzy drink is mushrooming