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4 Types of Kombucha (I love this stuff)

Here are the various types of kombucha based on the types of tea that will be used as base for the solution to ferment showcasing different flavor types and the changes it will undergo.

These are bottle of kombucha fermenting.

As someone who is always on the lookout for new ways to improve my health, nutritious and tasty meals and beverages are often recommended to me by people on a similar journey. One of these recommendations was to investigate different types of kombucha. With all the benefits that this drink provides, I have no regrets after trying it!

This carbonated tea drink can be homemade to cater to your own sugar preferences, but it can also be purchased in several different types. Hibiscus, oolong tea, white tea, and Jun tea are types of kombucha that will give you antioxidant and digestive benefits when brewed correctly.

Learning the details of these different types of kombucha is the first step to mastering the skill of brewing your own. The variety of flavors is sure to keep things interesting as you spoil yourself with this delicious drink that is slowly increasing in popularity!

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What is Kombucha?

As previously mentioned, kombucha is a carbonated sweet drink made by fermenting tea and sugar. It originated in China and started gaining popularity in the 20th Century once its health benefits became known.

Kombucha is usually brewed over a week before it is ready for consumption. Due to this long waiting period and the yeast added to the fermentation process, kombucha contains trace amounts of alcohol. There is also a lot of bacteria that grows and forms a SCOBY – this stands for symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast.

The SCOBY can be reused when you want to ferment more kombucha.

Benefits of Kombucha

These are bottles of fermented fruit tea kombucha with fresh fruits.

You may be used to your regular kombucha and not see any reason to try new flavors and variants, but kombucha has only increased in popularity over the past few years. It is exciting for those new to the beverage, but also for those who have known of this tasty drink for years!

For those new to kombucha, there are many collective benefits that will come from drinking regular black tea kombucha, and it is important to remember them before exploring other types of kombucha.

Since you have the option to brew your own kombucha at home, the process is quite flexible. You can choose your own ingredients and be certain of what you are consuming and tailor the taste to your preference. It is possible to buy a ready-prepared kit and make a hobby of kombucha brewing!

Since there are many types of kombucha, this allows you to choose how long you want the fermentation process to be. Some alternatives to black tea kombucha – such as Jun kombucha – are brewed over a shorter period, and this might be preferable to others.

Hibiscus Tea

This is a close look at a cup of red hibiscus tea.

This tea is brewed from the hibiscus flower and creates a lovely pink color. The leaves of the flower are first dried up before being brewed with raw organic sugar through the same process as with regular black tea. This results in a sweet and fruity taste to your fresh kombucha. Unfortunately, the hibiscus will permanently stain your SCOBY a bright red color, therefore it is recommended that you use a different one from your regular brew.

Hibiscus tea kombucha contains all the benefits received from regular black tea kombucha as well as a couple of its own. Since the hibiscus flower contributes to adding a sweet taste to the kombucha, this means you can reduce the amount of sugar you add to the brewing process. Adjust your black tea kombucha recipe accordingly to tailor it to your personal preference.

The main benefit of probiotics found in kombucha is that it promotes a healthy and balanced gut. In turn, a healthy gut will ensure better digestion.

White Tea

This is a cup of white jasmine tea with fresh flowers.

White tea comes from the Camellia sinensis plant. It goes through a very minimal process because the buds and leaves get harvested before they even open completely. This plant is not oxidized for an extended period of time, and this is apparent in its taste.

As with the color change in the hibiscus tea variant, with white tea, the brew will come out significantly lighter than darker teas. The white tea leaves exude a more subtle taste that is not as pungent as normal kombucha.

An added benefit of the gentle flavor of white tea is that you can choose to brew it combined with black tea and green tea leaves in order to increase the oxidation. This has added benefits that may reduce your risk of getting cancer and improve your heart health. However, this is not necessary because the minimal oxidization in white tea also provides different benefits, such as helping you to lose weight by burning fat and protecting your teeth from harmful bacteria.

Oolong Tea

This is a close look at an oolong tea in a tall glass cup.

Oolong tea is not as popular as some of the other teas mentioned on this list. It is a Chinese delicacy but is consumed by many people around the world. It is unique because it has the combined benefits found in dark teas and green tea. Oolong tea can be consumed to help with reducing stress levels and losing weight.

The leaves used for Oolong tea do not go through the full process of oxidization. Rather, the leaves are left out to dry slightly, just until they are wilted. This creates partial oxidization.  

It is worth noting that Oolong tea contains little to no natural sugar and has more of a tangy taste. This will affect the way that your kombucha tastes, and it is up to you to decide how much more sugar to add to the fermentation process when brewing.

Oolong tea can also be used in combination with another tea to further experiment with flavors and reaping more of its benefits. In order to get the best out of your oolong tea kombucha, make sure that you only use the finest quality tea. This can be difficult to find depending on where you live, so this might not be the easiest new kombucha variety.

Jun tea

This is a cup of jinjunmei black tea with the tea leaves around it.

Jun kombucha is a drastically different variation of the classic kombucha that is so popular and loved. Jun kombucha does not have black tea and organic (or regular) sugar as its primary ingredients; instead, it is made up of green tea and honey.

Jun kombucha is not as heavy as regular kombucha, and it does not have as much of a sour taste to it. This important difference might lead you to prefer one over the other based on your personal preference.

Due to the main ingredients being tea and honey, it should come as no surprise that Jun kombucha has a host of health benefits to appreciate. The antioxidants found in green tea may help prevent any cell damage in the body while also promoting new cell growth, improved blood flow, and ultimately helping to fend off cancer. Honey contributes to these benefits due to its similar antioxidant properties while also helping with indigestion.

The process of brewing Jun kombucha is also quite different from brewing regular kombucha. This is because there needs to be a transition from a regular SCOBY by using a slow process of introducing it to green tea in small parts. This can be quite daunting for those who are only used to regular kombucha but worth the effort when properly mastered.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I use herbal tea to make kombucha?

A: No. Herbal teas would not make it through the fermentation process because they lack the necessary nutrients.

Q: Can I use tea with additional spice and flavor?

A: Teas with additional flavors such as Earl Grey and Chai are not suitable for brewing kombucha. These additional oils, spices, and flavors can clash with the kombucha and create an unfavorable fermentation process.

Q: Which type of kombucha does not contain alcohol?

A: Homemade alcohol is more likely to contain higher levels of alcohol. If you prefer to avoid this, you should buy non-alcoholic kombucha, which is indicated as having less than 0.5% alcohol.

Q: Which kombucha is best for detox?

A: The teas mentioned as being the best ingredients for making kombucha (black, green, oolong, etc.) all contain antioxidants that play a vital role in cleansing the body. Kombucha contains probiotics which also help with gut health. This means that any kombucha is a great drink for a detox.

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