Located in Bristol, Vermont, Aqua Vitea Kombucha has pledged to offer the finest quality product, regionally produced and made with ingredients that are regionally sourced whenever possible. Their mission is to produce products that have a positive effect on individual and community health and well being and that contribute to a holistic lifestyle. Their kombucha, available in the bulk department at Wild Oats Market in three flavors: elderberry, ginger, and mulled cider, is hand brewed in small batches using fair trade tea from a local supplier and pure water. Aqua Vitea’s commitment to the environment is evident in its approach to packaging. Kombucha enthusiasts just need to visit the self-serve fountain next to the Equal Exchange coffees at Wild Oats, and fill any reusable container with the kombucha flavor of their choice. Wild Oats sells reusable 16 oz bottles and growlers from Aqua Vitea. Or, customers can simply bring their own container to use and use again. (If you bring your own container, have it weighed at one of the registers first, so we can subtract the weight of your container from the cost of the kombucha.)
Sometimes called the “tea of life,” kombucha has been used for centuries by many cultures throughout the world to promote well-being. The detoxification and metabolic restoration properties in kombucha are thought by many to alleviate a wide spectrum of ailments.
Many believe that drinking kombucha can:
– Aid in healthy digestion and assimilation of nutrients
– Boost the immune system
– Regulate the appetite and invigorate the metabolism
– Act as a gentle laxative, thus relieving constipation
– Improve antibiotic efficacy while reducing the potential negative effects of taking antibiotics
– Aid in the relief of arthritis
– Reduce stress
– Relieve headaches including migraines
– Help reduce the craving for alcohol
– Eliminate menopausal hot flashes
– Clear acne, psoriasis and other skin conditions
– Shift the body’s pH to Alkaline
– Revitalize and restore the physical body
NOTE: Kombucha has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and it is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
How It’s Made
Kombucha is a fermented beverage made simply from tea, sugar, water, and a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast, known as a “scoby.” During fermentation, the sugar and tea nutrients are converted into vitamins, enzymes, organic acids and probiotics. The result is a health promoting energy drink that tastes similar to aromatic sparkling cider.
Aqua Vitea uses a blend of organic green and black teas to balance the high nutrient content needs of the developing Kombucha culture. They use fairly traded tea from Stone Leaf Tea House in Middlebury, Vermont.
Sugar is a key component to any fermentation. For Kombucha, sugar fuels the yeast cells as they convert it into food for the beneficial bacteria. By the end of the fermentation there is very little sugar remaining, as you will find when you taste its pungent flavor. Aqua Vitea uses organic evaporated cane juice from Argentina. (They are currently conducting trials with local sugar sources like honey and beet sugar.)
Much has been written about the health benefits and energizing effects of kombucha. If you haven’t tried Aqua Vitea kombucha, ask for a sample cup the next time you are in our store.