Bringing mindfulness to a kitchen ritual, like brewing kombucha, can help us direct our attention and cultivate more peace, gratitude and joy in our life. We may often catch ourselves in a storm of thought loops and reactions. If we are caught up in the past or the future we are not tuned into what we are sensing in the present. We can use the power of feeling, touching, seeing, hearing, and tasting to settle in the current moment.
One tool to find more peace in our internal world is to deliberately focus on an activity.
Whether it's our breath, walking or cooking something, we can bring our awareness to our body sensations to draw us back to the now.
The process of making a primary fermentation of kombucha is the same every time. You brew the tea, add sugar, let it cool and pour it into your brewing vessel. After you get the hang of the process, you can relax and enjoy into the dance around the kitchen. From listening to the sound of the water boiling to stirring sugar in the pot with a spoon, there are so many small rituals to pay attention to.
The relationship I have with my slimy jellyfish-like kombucha brewing organisms (known as a SCOBY - symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast) is also one that reminds me to slow down and check in with myself.
4 Ways Brewing Kombucha Facilitates Mindfulness:
Check out Lila Volkas N.C.'s blog post: the Top 4 reasons it is important to brew kombucha in the age of convenience.
Kombucha to the People created four high quality blends of fruits and herbs to flavor your secondary fermentation. Purchase here!
Simply add a spoonful of these kombucha flavorings to F2 bottle to boost the taste and health benefits of your homemade kombucha!
Kombucha is not just another superfood you can’t afford. It is an accessible probiotic beverage that can bring health into your home.
Many people who attend my public kombucha workshops are there because they are tired of spending money on cases of kombucha every month. These bubbly bottles aren’t cheap, costing $3-$5 a pop.
The kombucha industry has a projected worth of $5.45 billion dollars by 2025, so there are a lot of companies who want a slice of revenue from this popular buzzy beverage. With everyone wanting to hop on the kombucha bandwagon consumers must be wary of subpar practices. (Read more about how to shop for the best booch here.)
Kombucha fans should not have to cash out to get their bubbly fix. More and more people are transitioning away from stocking up on booch at the grocery and diving into brewing at home because it is so much cheaper! Not a cook? No problem! Kombucha is as easy as making a big cup of tea.
The best part is kombucha costs a humble $1 per gallon to make yourself! Not to mention that you get to concoct creative flavors, share your bountiful brew with your friends and make it as sour or sweet as you like.
Ready to start brewing? Come to my next public kombucha brewing workshop or book a private one for you and your friends or team at work!
Illustrations by Lila Volkas
A kombucha lover’s guide to choosing the best kombucha.
As a kombucha brewer, I am still no stranger to picking up a bottle of booch at the grocery store. I love trying new flavor combinations and I often get inspired for my own secondary fermentation where I add my fun flavors.
Kombucha’s growing popularity means that there are SO MANY brands and flavors to choose from and it seems like new ones are popping up each month. Not all store bought booch is created equal, so it's important to be an educated consumer and pick the best booch wherever you live!