We introduced Kombucha on tap at our new South Block Juice Co. (located next to our Clarendon Cafe)... and for many of our customers, this was their first time trying kombucha (especially local kombucha on tap!) and learning about it's amazing probiotics and health benefits. To give you more insight on what you can expect when you first try kombucha, we asked one of our community "Blog Stars," Melissa of www.lovepeaceandveggies.com, to write about her experience of trying our kombucha...
Kombucha! Kombucha! Kom-Kom-Kombucha!
If you haven’t heard of kombucha, now is the perfect time to find out what this drink really is, and what it can do for your health. I’ll admit, I was skeptical a few years ago when I first tried this drink. It came in a plastic bottle from my grocery store, it tasted sour and bubbly, and it definitely didn’t make me want to return for seconds. It turns out that I actually do like kombucha, but a few years ago, I was drinking the wrong type of kombucha.
What is Kombucha?
Kombucha is a raw, fermented tea, filled with probiotics – which are great for providing the healthy bacteria that we need in our digestive systems to keep our bodies functioning optimally. (For more on probiotics, check out this article from the Harvard Medical School.)
Why is South Block’s Kombucha so tasty?
Let me just start by saying, South Block is awesome. It has good food, good fresh juices and really, really good people. After eating and drinking (green juices and smoothies) at South Block for a few months, I was more than excited to hear that they were opening a new expansion to their store in Clarendon…featuring more cold pressed juice, raw foods and a kombucha bar! I figured it was time to give this drink a second chance. And I’m glad I did.
South Block has partnered with a local small batch kombucha brewery called Craft Kombucha. Craft uses a blend of green tea, making its kombucha lighter than other breweries that use black tea. This blend combines the power of kombucha with the natural antioxidants found in green tea, all in one glass. It is low in sugar, filled with nutrients and provides healthy probiotics.
The acai flavor is my favorite and is made exclusively for South Block, to compliment its yummy acai bowls! Acai kombucha is refreshing and sweet, and if you cannot finish the entire glass, it will last for a couple of weeks as long as it is refrigerated. I recommend buying one of South Block's reusable glass pint bottles to keep it fresh...because you can save your kombucha and you can bring it back for discounted refills!
Additionally, South Block invented a signature kombucha cocktail, the “Green-and-Tan”. This is a combination of South Block’s famous green Detox juice, mixed with the ginger kombucha. Talk about a nutrient powerhouse!
This drink offers the benefits of green veggies plus the bucha – a major bang for your buck. It has carbonation like soda, but with the refreshing taste of green juice and without any preservatives or chemicals!
If you are curious about kombucha, just head to South Block, free samples are available. You should also check out the KOMBUCHA HAPPY HOUR, weekdays from 3:00pm-5:00pm! South Block offers $2.00 off of its kombucha pints and Green-and-Tans... like a typical happy hour, except this time you will leave feeling fabulous and you won't have to worry about being hung-over the next day.
Cheers and Om Shanti,
Melissa is a certified yoga teacher, four-time marathon runner, and enthusiast of fresh fruits, veggies, fitness and travel. She graduated from Penn State University and has a master’s degree in PR and Corporate Communications from Georgetown University, and is currently working in Marketing and Communications. Her mission is to spread knowledge, health and happiness in order to increase interest about healthy eating and active lifestyles, hoping to encourage others on their journeys to find peace, balance, health and happiness.