Kombucha 101

BAO FRESH KOMBUCHA, packed with vitamins and digestion-aiding probiotic cultures, is a nutritious and refreshing alternative to sugary soda and tea.

By using the natural fermentation of kombucha, we instill all our beverages with probiotics (living bacteria) proven to aid in digestion. Probiotic means “for life” and that’s what we give our beverages and our customers.

A typical soda or tea could have 160 calories per serving resulting in many Americans getting more than 25% of their suggested caloric intake per day from drinks offering zero nutritional value.  Moreover, 40% of Americans have gastrointestinal problems that can be improved with probiotics found in kombucha. 

While we are big fans of kombucha and the way it makes us feel, we do not want to oversell its health benefits as the effects can vary from person to person.  What we do want to do is encourage people to stop drinking other unhealthy beverages that are packed with calories or chemicals. Americans consume more carbonated soft-drinks than any other country in the world with nearly one out of every two drinks sold being a carbonated soda.  Unfortunately, these beverages make up the vast majority of options in America and very few beverage companies care about the health of the communities they serve.  

Why drink kombucha? 

The legend suggest that kombucha has its origins in Manchuria over 2,300 years ago and that this funky fermented tea became popular throughout many cultures for its powerful healing effects. What we know about kombucha is that it contains living digestion-aiding bacteria, called probiotics, that have become all the rage as the people recognize the importance of ingesting “functional foods” that provide health benefits in addition to energy. "Probiotic" means, literally, “for life.” As defined by the World Health Organization (WHO), a probiotic is a living microorganism that, when administered in adequate amounts, confers a health benefit on its host.

What is kombucha? 

BAO FRESH KOMBUCHA is made from a combination of organic black and green tea, organic cane sugar, and the kombucha culture consisting of probiotic bacteria and yeast called a SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast). It is left to ferment in a warm environment for a period of time until almost all of the sugar has been converted to a slightly sparkling, refreshing drink, containing vitamins, enzymes, minerals and healthy organic acids. The SCOBY is often mistaken for a mushroom, which it is not.

What gives kombucha its unique taste?

Go Tart!  People are not accustomed to the taste of sour in a drink, but during fermentation sugar is converted into fermented acids creating a slightly effervescent texture and tart flavor.

Fermented acids...what do they do?

During fermentation sugar is converted into organic acids such as lactic acid, acetic acid and gluconic acid which act like antioxidants and help the human body eliminate toxins and function properly.

Is there caffeine in kombucha?

Kombucha is typically made from a combination of black and/or green tea so there is some naturally occurring caffeine.  About 70% of the caffeine is processed from the raw tea during the fermentation process and each bottle of BAO FRESH KOMBUCHA will have under 20mg.  

How much should I drink?

It is a personal choice. Like any food or drink, you should make sure your body reacts well to the elements before consuming large amounts.  Some people drink it at breakfast, some people sip it throughout the day, some after a workout or during that afternoon lull at work. It is great at any time during the day or night, but we recommend drinking at least four ounces per day to recognize the benefits.


What is FRESH kombucha?

BAO FRESH KOMBUCHA is produced and packed in our facility in Long Island City and spends less time in the bottle, which gives you a fresher product with active probiotic culture.  We are the first licensed kombucha brewer in New York State and started with the goal of getting a fresh tasting product in the market that is similar to what you may get if you brewed kombucha at home.

Should children drink kombucha?

Kombucha contains low levels of caffeine and sugar, which should be avoided with children.  Also, kombucha is viewed as an immunity booster, which assists a weak system to overcome a pathogenic influence. In children whose immune systems are still developing it is better if they do not rely on the added benefits from kombucha