Brewing Your Own Kombucha – The Art

Cheers to Health
On January 28, 2018, Shannon Kamins, Founder and Master Fermenter of Booch, presented at the Guelph Organic Conference. Here’s an informative synopsis of her talk on a variety of kombucha-related topics, including on her inspiration figure, Dr. Masaru Emoto.A water researcher in Japan, Dr. Masaru Emoto’s work is often cited at Booch; all employees are familiar with his research, as it is the basis of everything the company does. Dr. Emoto photographed ice crystals under a microscope and has done extensive research on how specific sounds like music and words react with living molecules such as water. What he found confirmed Albert Einstein's theory that everything is energy and has a vibration. Based on the results of Dr. Emoto’s rice experiment, we can assume that when brewing kombucha, words like love and…
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Kombucha: An Industry on the Rise

Business
On January 28, 2018, Shannon Kamins, Founder and Master Fermenter of Booch, presented at the Guelph Organic Conference. Here’s an informative synopsis of her talk on a variety of kombucha-related topics, including the growing kombucha industry.Kombucha is on the rise and London Ontario’s Booch Organic Kombucha is excited to be a part of this growing industry alongside their many friends in the business, both in the United States and in Canada.Some big brands south of the border include: California’s GT’s Living Foods (founded in the 1990s), Oregon’s Brew Dr. Kombucha, and California’s KeVita (owned by Pepsi). Some local brands in and around Ontario include: Tonica Kombucha (Toronto, ON), VAMS Culture (Toronto, ON), RISE Kombucha (Montreal, QC), Live Kombucha (Guelph, ON), and goodvibes juice co. (Waterloo, ON).As a health-promoting beverage, kombucha is proving to be unmatched in its…
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Kombucha and the Fermentation Process

Kombucha and the Fermentation Process

Recipes
Shannon Kamins started Booch Organic Kombucha in 2015, when she was brainstorming ideas for a business grounded both in helping contribute to the local food movement and in repairing her own—and others’—gut health.With an academic background in Health Sciences with Health Promotion and a love for fermentation, she arrived at the idea of starting her own kombucha company… and the rest is history!On January 28, 2018, Shannon, Founder and Master Fermenter at Booch, presented at the Guelph Organic Conference. Here’s an informative synopsis of her talk on fermentation and the making of kombucha.FERMENTATIONFermentation is the process of breaking down or digesting a substance by a group of microorganisms, usually producing effervescence. It is a process that has been traditionally used to make alcohol and preserve food by extending its life and making it more digestible, less toxic,…
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Booch Joins CBAN in The Fight Against GMOs

Booch Joins CBAN in The Fight Against GMOs

Giving Back
Food sovereignty. Environmental justice. Healthy livelihoods.The Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN) is a collaboration of 16 groups across Canada that “research, monitor and raise awareness about issues relating to genetic engineering in food and farming.”Their mission:"To promote food sovereignty and democratic decision-making on science and technology issues in order to protect the integrity of the environment, health, food, and the livelihoods of people in Canada and around the world by facilitating, informing, and organizing civil society action, researching, and providing information to government for policy development."The Truth About Genetic EngineeringGenetic Engineering (GE), also commonly referred to as Genetic Modification (GM), both describe recombinant DNA technology (rDNA).GE and GM practices manipulate organisms by adding DNA through biotechnology, thereby altering the genome. Intervening at the molecular level, through GM and GE, directly…
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From The Homestead to The Marketplace

From The Homestead to The Marketplace

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Shannon Kamins, founder of Booch Organic Kombucha, began making her own kombucha at home in 2012. In 2015, she decided to bring her talent to the marketplace where she began producing her fermented beverage on a larger scale and introduced it to fellow Londoners and Ontarians.With a large, professional network of those involved in the areas of local, organic food and health promotion offering support, Shannon initially financed her business from her own pockets, and hasn’t looked back since.Shannon and her team of fermenters at Booch Organic Kombucha handcraft a variety of kombucha flavours that fill about 7,000 of their classic stubby bottles per week. That number continues to rise as the demand keeps growing for their Booch On Tap program, seasonal craft flavours, and Kombucha Vinegar.In their new 9,000…
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Boosting The Local & Not-So-Local Economy

Boosting The Local & Not-So-Local Economy

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Creating jobs is key for Shannon.“We have been able to create local jobs and support local farmers,” says Shannon, in an interview with Canadian Julia, “I would have never thought that through making kombucha for myself that it would have turned into this.”Booch is heavily invested in giving back to London and the communities of Southwestern Ontario.There are many great organic growers in Ontario, however, many barriers still exist to transition a conventional farm into a certified organic farm. Sourcing as local as possible and constantly networking with local Ontario farmers, Booch, and many other small businesses, are increasing demand for local farmers to change their practices and grow organic.When Booch cannot obtain organic ingredients for their weekly seasonal brews, they use wildcrafted ingredients from local permaculture and forest gardeners.…
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Booch x6

Booch x6

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At Booch Organic Kombucha, we make good quality, authentic, small-batch kombucha available to the communities of Southwestern Ontario.“Booch is connection in a bottle,” says Shannon Kamins, founder of Booch, “a nod to yesteryear that promotes health of the mind, gut, and soul.” Each bottle incorporates local ingredients, organic fare, and lots of love.Every bottle of Booch uses only the best ingredients—always certified organic, locally foraged, and ethically harvested.The nutrition that comes from picked-in-the-moment, locally available fruits and vegetables is outstanding; natural wild yeasts, residue from pollinators, bacteria, and living microorganisms all impart incredible health benefits, which build antibodies and support immune function.Recently harvested ingredients are added to very loved kombucha! You hit the jackpot!Both the “Classic 6” and other seasonal flavours are at the epitome of Booch being a socially…
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Festive Booch Cocktails

Festive Booch Cocktails

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Add some cheer to your holiday season with festive Booch cocktails!‘Tis the season for gathering with friends, family, and loved ones—and adding a Booch cocktail into the mix can help make the season merry!With a wide range of flavours, these gently carbonated treats are sure to please all palates; bright undertones of festive tangy fruits will keep your spirits bright while undertones of mint, orange, and bitter herbs are the perfect pre-dinner aperitif.Visit one of our retailers near you to pick up a bottle of Booch (or three) and get ready for mixing! 1-2 oz of Alpenbitter No.7Large splash of Peppermint Nettle BoochSplash of soda waterSqueeze of limeGarnish with mint and cranberries Half glass of wheat beer (try: Two Steppe from the London Brewing Co-op or Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc)Half glass of…
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Building A Sustainable Tomorrow: Booch Believes in SustainableJoes

Building A Sustainable Tomorrow: Booch Believes in SustainableJoes

In The Community
On November 10, 2016, Booch Organic Kombucha sponsored the London premiere of the SustainableJoes documentary The Time Is Now, which provides insights, anecdotes, statistics, success stories, and advice for how everyday Joes and Janes — like you and I — can build a more sustainable tomorrow for our families, our communities, and our planet.In line with Booch’s values, SustainableJoes supports quality, local, transparent, and fairly-traded products.“Booch has been operating in a sustainable manner for a long time, and seeing the amount of people who came out to the documentary assured us that there are many other people who really care, too,” says Shannon Kamins, founder of Booch.Stephen Szucs, founder of SustainableJoes and friend of the Booch team believes the world is in need of change and has dedicated his life…
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Energizing Hockey Players, One Elixir at A Time: Booch Sponsors The OHF Tournament

Energizing Hockey Players, One Elixir at A Time: Booch Sponsors The OHF Tournament

Giving Back
What comes in many flavours, is totally refreshing, is great for athletes, and is now an official sponsor of the OHF Tournament!?Both are authentically Canadian.Both are good for health.Both are centered on community.Both symbolic of healthy living, Booch and hockey have joined forces.As avid hockey fans, the Booch team found this partnership to be equally as exciting as educational!Founded in 1989, the Ontario Hockey Federation (OHF) hosts an annual three-day tournament that takes place at the end of the hockey season. Along with eight other locations across Ontario, London hosted the 2017 OHF Minor Hockey Championships, which took place earlier this year, from April 7 - 9, 2017.Booch was the first time sponsor of the Major Midget division of the London Junior Knights, donating $500 in cash and $500 in…
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