April 28th, 2019 marked the 3rd Annual Intimate Summit of Local Commercial Kombucha Brewers. An event we always look forward to, this is a gathering of fellow brewers to create a sense of community, share our stories, discuss challenges, and talk shop. Graciously hosted by Dasha and Seb of Artizen Kombucha, we join together for a casual potluck lunch and informal meeting in Perth, Ontario.
This year, Dasha discussed her experience from Kombucha Brewers International Kombucha Kon event and shared information from the conference. A large focus of KKON 2019 was to collect data and create a Standard of Identity, a definition of the word Kombucha, to better differentiate and clarify the brew, while unifying the voice of brewers across the globe. We also discussed upcoming events, Boochfest 2019 and the Ontario Fermentation Festival, both of which have been created by attendees of our gathering, and are a must-see for kombucha and fermentation fans.
Present this year was Artizen, Culture, Vox, Pyramid Ferments, Buchi Pop, Vivo, Laurentian Brew, and Kombucha Scientist, Alex May. We filled and refilled our glasses with plenty of kombucha, enjoying the different brews and sampling some alcoholic kombucha as well as a sip from Kombucha Iceland.
To complete the visit, we took a sunny walk to Artizen's new brewery, in a wonderfully renovated bright space shared with Perth Pie Co. The time flew by, as it always does, and we look forward to catching up at events over the Summer. We have to say we have a pretty awesome crew of brewers in the area!
Did you know…
Our brew starts with a high quality, certified organic, kosher, whole, loose-leaf Sencha green tea. That’s a mouthful. A dreamy, deliciously mild one at that. We love the green tea flavour. Subtle and soft, it allows our flavour infusions to shine through.
Sourced from the mountains of Japan and imported to our distributer in Ontario, each batch received is tested and has a certificate of analysis showing it has passed microbiological testing. We receive our tea in bulk, never in tea bags, and steep at 75 degrees celsius in a reusable nylon bag. Being such a big part of our process, it was imperative for us to find a sustainable, non-leaching method in which to steep our tea.
Caffeinated tea is required as a nutrient for the kombucha culture, although the majority of the caffeine is consumed throughout the fermentation process. We recently had the caffeine levels in our kombucha lab-tested and much to our surprise, the caffeine content in 250 ml of kombucha was 5 mg. In comparison, the average cup of coffee contains around 95 mg of caffeine and decaf coffee contains around 3 mg, making the levels in our kombucha a pretty safe bet for those sensitive to caffeine.
We’re passionate about brewing kombucha. But not just a race to the final product. We take care to ensure you’re getting what you deserve. A premium product from start to finish, with each ingredient and method carefully selected and executed. And in our case it starts with a healthy live culture and the finest sencha green tea.
We haven't had this flavour on tap since our first Farmers' Market days and it couldn't come back at a more opportune time! Known as one of the top most potent anti-viral herbs, elderberry is a major cold and flu buster. If you've had that bug that's been going around (or have been one of the lucky ones who hasn't) this is the booch for you!
Made with organic elderberry and elderflower, this kombucha is seriously delicious (if I do say so myself!), lightly fruity, and ever-so-slightly floral. Described by Hippocrates (the "Father of Medicine") as his "medicine chest", elderberry has a wide array of benefits and uses including help with sinuses, allergies, and blood sugar stabilization, but is most known for its effectiveness at mitigating cold and flu symptoms.
And if you're already healthy as a horse, well just try it for the refreshing taste. ;)
On tap now at The Olive Tree in Deep River and Blendz Smoothie Shop & Healthy Eatery!
We're in Symphony Spa & Yoga on Brock Street in the heart of downtown Kingston!
You'll find a fridge full of kombucha in the newly launching smoothie bar. To compliment the wide range of wellness treatments in Symphony, the spa is opening a café and smoothie bar THIS WEEK! Sip on a healthy, raw smoothie or kombucha after completing a hot yoga class or while getting pampered with one of many salon and esthetic services.
Featuring a hair salon, yoga studio, massage therapy, waxing and sugaring, lash extensions, facials, laser hair removal, manicure/pedicure, and a café lounge, Symphony is an elaborate, one-stop-shop for personal wellness and self-care.
Kingston brides-to-be, and girls-day-out - this is for you! Head to www.symphonyspa.ca for more info.
We're looking forward to sitting on that patio this Summer!
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