Kombucha Tea: Not Your Ordinary Tea

Most tea products come from tea shrubs. Kombucha tea is the exception. It comes from a type of mushroom from which its name is derived. Most food ty...

Most tea products come from tea shrubs. Kombucha tea is the exception. It comes from a type of mushroom from which its name is derived. Most food types that are extracted from any edible mushroom is generally labeled as a broth. In this, kombucha tea again stands as the only exception. Arguments among gourmets and scientists have arisen as to whether kombucha is actually mushroom or rather a combination of yeast and bacteria. We have to admit though that “mushroom tea” sounds a lot more appealing than “yeast and bacteria tea”.

Kombucha Tea Benefits

While Kombucha tea has been popular only quite recently in the eastern part of the world, it has been well known as a health tonic in the Western World for some time. People who have tried this type of tea claime that it has helped them recover from such ailments as asthma, high blood pressure, psoriasis, eczema, chronic fatigue syndrome and even migraines. However, none of these claims have been proven by clinical scientific tests. Kombucha tea contains vitamin B, which is necessary for various body functions.

How To Make It

On average, it takes five or six days to make kombucha tea. Compared to other teas, this is a short process since most teas need two weeks in order to brew to the proper flavor. However, making kombucha tea is not as simple as putting a tea bag in a mug and adding hot water. You have to procure a kombucha culture, let it mature and then strain it, then follow the usual procedures for making tea. This process is perhaps the main reason why this tea really hasn’t been that popular as other teas in the West. In the Western culture, most people do not have the time to go through extended and complicated motions for something as simple as making tea.


Kombucha tea is generally classified as a kind of herbal tea, although no herbs are actually in it. Also, there are many more health warnings attached to kombucha tea than to other kinds of herbal teas. People who suffer form immune deficiency disorders are strongly advised against taking this type of tea. If you are not careful in the culture growing, you could possibly be making tea that produces more complications rather than benefits.

It is also very important to note that severe allergic reactions may also occur when drinkning it. Signs of allergic reaction include vomiting, jaundice, and nausea. You cannot also use ceramic tea pots or ceramic mugs in making kombucha tea. The chemicals in the tea create an adverse reaction in the ceramic glaze, which could lead to lead poisoning.

One Response to “Kombucha Tea: Not Your Ordinary Tea”

  1. ben says:

    Two points I would like to make:
    1. Kombucha tea sounds rather redundant as “tea” is not really necessary as it is already attached to the word. your translation would be more like “kombu tea tea” or “kombu cha cha” seems more natural to just say “kombucha”.

    2. I am not so sure that you cannot use ceramic to make kombucha as we have always used ceramic to make our kombucha. One reason is maybe we don’t use a lot of chemicals in our glazes that are used in so many commercial products. Lead is definitely something to worry about particularly with young children.

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