Every now and then, we see the appearance of new superfoods and drinks that claim to be the next big health trend. Some stay on, while others disappear as quickly as they arrived. Kombucha, however, is one of those trends that has caught on not only for its health benefits, but also for its elixir-like properties, making it a healthy alternative to fizzy sodas, and the fact that you can infuse several flavours to make it more appealing to a wider audience.
This hipster, tea-based fermented beverage is fizzy and tart, typically made using green or black tea that’s sweetened with sugar and then fermented with SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast). The SCOBY is what lends the beverage its unique characteristic, after leaving it to ferment–usually for a couple of weeks. Said to be packed with antioxidants and probiotics, this beverage is also believed to be gut-friendly and detoxifying, making it a popular pick with the health-conscious consumer. We list out several brands brewing their booch across the country that you can get your hands on.
12 homegrown kombucha brands in India
Started by Mumbai-based husband and wife duo, Nitin Gandhi and Monika Powlowska, Bombucha brews bottles of its fermented beverages in small batches. Used to experimenting with kombucha back in London, Monika then began looking for options in Mumbai, crafting batches of their now-famous brew. Bombucha typically uses green or black tea, and sometimes white tea as well, which is sweetened with raw sugar and infused with organic fruits to lend more flavour. Variants include hibiscus-lime, mango-turmeric, smoky oolong, and elderflower apart from the classic kombucha. Starts from Rs240 for 500 ml. Website
Launched in 2018, this Delhi-based brand started by sister duo Rebekah and Ariella Blank, (both with experience in the wellness space) creates fizzy brews in exotic variants. Drawing influences from the Himalayas, Atmosphere’s kombucha comes infused with fresh fruits and herbs. You can sample these sparkling probiotic teas in flavours like wild mulberry, strawberry crème, blue mint, jasmine and blueberry and lavender kombucha–perfect for the onset of summer. Starts from Rs220 for 210 ml. Website
Mountain Bee Kombucha
Self-taught brewer Honey Islam is the genius behind Mountain Bee, a Bengaluru-based craft kombucha brand. She stumbled upon kombucha back in 2016 as part of a volunteering project in Goa. Two years later, she launched Mountain Bee. Pick from assorted flavours like wild watermelon, pomegranate vinegar kombucha, aloha ananas, ginger, original kombucha and the signature Flower n Spice kombucha made with long leaf green tea from the Nilgiris and butterfly blue pea tisane, that’s infused with cinnamon and star anise for a warm and mellow flavour. Rs1,200 for a pack of 6. Website
This artisan kombucha brand was started in 2016 by journalist-turned-entrepreneur Shailaja Sharma. Offering all-natural kombucha using handpicked, organic ingredients, and brewed with loose leaf teas, fresh herbs, fruits, barks and botanicals, this Mumbai-based brand offers small-batch kombucha in assorted flavours. Order these in variants like rose-lavender, ginger-cinnamon, apple spice, mango bliss, basil-lime, and more. The attractive packaging is a plus. Starts from Rs1,000 for a pack of 4. Order here
If a bright, sparkling kombucha is more up your alley, check out this Goa-based craft beverage brand. The brand name is a play on the words Bore (which means good in Konkani) and Cha (which means tea). Aditya Ishan Varshnei is the brains behind the operations. After sampling kombucha in the US, he decided to make his own batch back home in Goa. Since then, the brand has launched 12 variants with tropical picks that pay homage to the sunshine state. Some of the variants are the pina colada, guava chilli, mango, cola, roasted coconut, Cuban watermelon, Sicilian lemon and lime, rose-cardamom and the original kombucha. Starts from Rs160 for 330 ml. Website
Creating a range of fermented foods and beverages, this Bengaluru-based brand by duo Adithya Kidambi and Shishir Sathyan, was started with the aim of showcasing that fermentation is a great way of preserving food and nutrition, with the addition of great flavour. The brand creates small-batch kombucha, with a compact list of options. You can choose from flavours like the signature Nilgiri tea kombucha, Earl Grey and lavender, jasmine green tea and oolong tea kombucha. Starts from Rs120.Order here
The Kombucha Co.
Handmade in Kolkata in small batches, this artisan kombucha brand started by John Grams and Avantika Jalan, uses tea sourced from heritage family tea estates in Assam. The result is organic, probiotic fizzy teas that are available in variants like hibiscus, lemon-ginger, green tea, and kala khatta, among others. Starts from Rs220 for 330 ml. Available on Zomato or Whatsapp 9674971755 to place orders.
Krishi Cress Kombucha
Better known for its farm-fresh offerings, Delhi-based Krishi Cress also brews batches of kombucha. Currently offering two variants, you have the Kombucha ++ that is handcrafted using plant-based ferments such as Japanese mint, hibiscus and borage flowers that are grown fresh on their farms, and the Kombucha Lite is ideal for novices and also easier on the palate. Website
KoBu | the Culture Ko.
Mumbai-based Anand Makhija found inspiration to brew his own kombucha from his holidays in Spain when he first came across the beverage. He then took up a workshop on learning the nuances of brewing the fermented beverage. Upon returning to Mumbai, Makhija launched KoBu. You can sample this brew in flavours such as ginger-lemon, apple-cinnamon, mint-lime, rose-lemon and the original KoBu. Starts from Rs450 for a pack of 3.Website
Fluid Tea Kombucha
Brewed locally in Ahmedabad, Fluid Tea offers a changing list of kombucha in flavours like lemongrass-pear, blueberry-lavender, plum and star anise, jamun-ginger, and passionfruit kombucha as well. These are brewed in small batches infused with organic, fruity flavours and packaged in handy-sized glass bottles. Call 9825266575 to place orders.
CommBucha by Mavi
Vikram and Mashi are the duo behind this Mumbai-based homegrown kombucha brand. Having first sampled kombucha in the US, the duo returned to experiment with their own brew, selling bottles of these at local farmers markets. Some of the bestsellers include the twisted shikanji kombucha, koka kombucha that’s infused with kokum fruit, granade kombucha infused with cold-pressed pomegranate juice and black pepper, as well as the love potion 66, that has blueberries and rosewater brewed in a green tea concoction. Starts from Rs160 for 300ml. Order here
This Delhi-based brand churns out batches of organic and natural kombucha, in flavours like ginger-lemon, exotic peach, mango, lemongrass, and the original kombucha. These are available in zero-sugar and low-sugar variants as well. Starts from Rs285 for a pack of 3.Website