Kombucha FAQs


At Booch, we get so many interesting questions
about our organic brew! Find answers to
everything you need to know about the
fermentation process, the SCOBY,
the health benefits, and more.

Booch is a brand of kombucha, which is a fermented tea beverage produced by a Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast (SCOBY) added to black, green, or white tea that has been steeped in sugar. Used in traditional diets for thousands of years, kombucha has been shown to have bacteria beneficial for the digestive system, and can also help the immune system fight illness.

Booch is a fermented drink, meaning that it results from the transformation (of sugars) at the molecular level by live microbes.

No! While SCOBY does mimic a mushroom, there are no mushrooms in Booch. A SCOBY is the living organism that ferments the tea into our delicious craft brew—Booch!

Booch’s hand-crafted kombucha is raw and not pasteurized, meaning that enzymes and beneficial gut bacteria are still living in the brew. Even though we triple filter every bottle of Booch, over time, a small SCOBY will grow in the bottle, which signals that the bacteria is doing well and living optimally!

Refrigerated Booch lasts 6 months from the day it was bottled. We put a best before date on each bottle, as kombucha will eventually turn into pure tea vinegar—still consumable and great as a salad dressing!

Booch is made with organic cane sugar that is Ecosocial, Fair-Trade Certified, which is added to steeped tea during the first phase of our exclusive fermentation process. The SCOBY eats away at the caffeine and sugar, but not all of it, because without some sugar, Booch would be pure tea vinegar (often called “mother vinegar”). We add the least amount of sugar possible and never add sugar after fermentation. The sweetness you taste in Booch varies depending on the flavour and the sugar content of the organic fresh pressed fruit juice, whole fruit, or tea infusion that is added during the fermentation process. Each bottle has nutrition facts that will give you that flavour’s sugar content.

Booch helps with gas or bloating while providing an increased sense of energy, alertness, and an overall experience of well-being from the combination of antioxidants, probiotics, and fresh-pressed organic fruit juice. Other benefits of kombucha reportedly include improving digestion and immunity, and aiding in weight loss.

Healthy SCOBY, healthy you! A positive environment affects all living things, making them happy and full of vitality. A SCOBY is no exception. A SCOBY can’t thrive in a clinical lab—that’s why Booch’s fermentation facility mixes science with happiness, gratitude, and love to create a positive environment for our SCOBYs to thrive in. Science and love energy meet in equal measure in every batch of kombucha we brew. It’s health, gratitude, and compassion in every bottle—no wonder it makes you feel so good!

Booch can be consumed as a morning probiotic on an empty stomach, 15 minutes before or after a meal, to get you through a mid afternoon lull, or as an alcohol or soda substitute. It can be consumed daily and is sufficient in 2 – 4 ounce servings. Booch is unpasteurized and naturally carbonated. Everyone will have a different tolerance for kombucha, and not all kombuchas are the same. So start slow with a few ounces and gradually build up a tolerance, or consult your healthcare practitioner about how to safely add kombucha in to your diet.

Kombucha is often said to contain the following strands of bacteria: acetobacter, saccharomyces, lactobacillus, brettanomyces, zygosaccharomyces kombuchaensis, xylinum, gluconium, gluconacetobacter kombuchae, and sometimes pediococcus. Kombucha also contains small amounts of alcohol* (under 0.5%), substantial acetic acid (vinegar), ethyl acetate, glucuronic acid, and lactic acid.

*Due to the acidity of kombucha, disease-causing germs cannot survive. The reason that the yeast cultures are able to survive is because the bacteria that are present will protect the yeast from the acidity of the solution. In return, the yeast delivers food (ethanol) to the bacteria, and thus alcohol is not created.


Our kombucha is hand-crafted with love and care, using only the best quality local, organic, and fairly-traded ingredients. Read about what goes into our 6 famous flavours:
  • "I enjoy going into the retail location for bottle refills and seeing all the exciting flavours available. Customer service is always with a smile no matter how many bottles one brings in."

    - Rob Galajda

  • "I love your kombucha the best! I have gained more energy, started losing weight and my digestion issues have dissipated."

    - Kathleen Lafrenie

  • "You are such a wonderful company! Both my daughter and I have loved you since the first time we sampled Booch at the Covent Garden market a few years ago. We love trying all the new seasonal flavours and keeping our fridge stocked!"

    - Shelley Stockie

  • As for the Booch on tap, it's definitely a talking point for folks who already enjoy Booch but haven't tried it on tap before! They get wonderfully excited to try it in a new format, and it's great for people who are used to your traditional flavours and haven't had a chance to visit your storefront for the more unique varieties. As I'm sure you know, residents within OEV love to see local businesses supporting each other, and the partnership between you folks and us is no exception! Lastly, one thing I hear frequently is folks appreciating being able to drink a "local craft brew" without drinking beer. Either their at a work meeting, are gluten-free and don't like cider, or just aren't feeling a beer, but they love having the option of kombucha.

  • "Love Booch, especially a citrus twist after yoga! Weekends would not be the same without my Saturday morning trip to the retail store to check out what's on tap and refill for the week!"

    - Anonymous

  • "Totally love Booch, I feel great since I started drinking it! Very pleased, thank you"

    - Denise

  • "Booch is amazing and makes me feel great! Thanks for making such an amazing drink!"

    - Rebecca Chantler

  • Booch is a favourite at Plant Matter Kitchen—in the bottle and now on tap! Serving this probiotic tonic on tap provides our customers with a flavour surprise each week and a new way to enjoy this bubbly, healthy, and local beverage. Whether enjoyed with lunch or dinner, in a cocktail for festive events, or in a growler to go—Booch’s wildly popular and rotating seasonal flavours always sell out very quickly at PMK. The fruit-infused blends are a popular crowd-pleaser and the Organic Beet Apple Ginger blend is #1 for PMK co-founder Glenn. We’re so proud to support Booch in any way we can at PMK, from our staff wearing Booch's tees while serving, to selling the original 7 line-up, to using Booch in our recipes, to now providing our customers with Booch on tap!

  • "I feel my energy levels revive after a bottle of Booch!"

    - Rob

  • "Best kombucha I have ever had! Have yet to try another I like better. Love the seasonal flavours; they are my favourite."

    - Paula Lefor

  • "I am writing to tell you just how much I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your kombucha! I stumbled upon it on a hot day in Sobeys where I saw it among the Bolthouse smoothies I sometimes buy. I decided to try the raspberry and I have been hooked ever since. I have severe stomach issues and I don't digest much—combined with pain, finding a way to stay hydrated and nourished is a big challenge. BUT, your Booch has done wonders for me. I'm sure you get great positive feedback all the time, but suffice to say, I credit kombucha with helping to save my life. Seriously. The ease of which my body accepts it and the amazing clarity in thought that it provides has set me on a new path to gaining some health back. Without being dramatic, I was not expected to live. Finding Booch and using it as the steady staple in my diet has done wonders that could fill pages. I thank you for the great work you have done!"
    - Dawn R.

  • "I look forward to going to visit Booch. I love the staff and how friendly and outgoing they are. My kids loving coming with me, because the staff always engages them and tells them they are funny! Booch is the best kombucha out there. The ever changing flavours are great for someone like me because I get bored. Your flavour combos are SOOO delish!"

    - Amy Harris

  • "Booch has replaced pop and my expensive probiotics. I love your product!"

    - Heather Wilson

  • "The best kombucha I have ever had, bar none. Such a creative selection of flavours that change with the seasonal products available. I've been Booched for life!"

    - Lorraine Borowski

  • "It is an extra bonus that this magical brew is local, organic, and hand crafted! I love trying your in house flavours!"

    - Devon