When brewing kombucha tea, the first step is making tea. The question is, which tea should you use for your kombucha tea? Which is best?
The choice you make on what tea you use is pretty important in regards to how your kombucha comes out. Different teas have different nutrients in them that are important to your SCOBY.
You’re going to want to stick to teas without any additives or flavors in them as these either lack nutrients or have oils or ingredients used in the flavoring process that might be harmful to your SCOBY. That’s not to say you can’t use these different types of teas to make kombucha, but if you’re just starting out, it’s a lot easier to stick to these following teas discussed in this article.
There are three kinds of teas we recommend for use when homebrewing your kombucha tea:
Black tea is the most common tea used in making kombucha. In fact, the name for kombucha in China, where Kombucha is believed to have originated, is hong cha jun (红茶菌) which translates to red tea bacteria. In China, red tea bacteria is how they identify black teas: based on the color of the tea and not the leaves.
Black tea contains purines which help with blood circulation, alkylamine antigens that help with our immune system, and just the right amount of caffeine to helps the flow of blood circulating to the brain but not the amount that may make some feel too hyper.
Black tea has a number of other benefits:
Green tea is good for those of us that don’t want to wait as long for our kombucha to be ready as kombucha with green tea turns sour quicker than black tea. Green teas also grow healthy SCOBYs.
Be careful when originally brewing your green tea because it is very easy to burn and over-extract the tea. Green tea also has a few health benefits including aiding in burning fat.
Some other benefits of using green tea in your kombucha brew are:
White tea makes a great milder tasting kombucha that is rich in antioxidants just like the other teas listed above. White tea contains flavonoids that have been associated with a decrease in a risk of cardiovascular disorder due to a decrease in blood pressure.
White tea has a number of benefits:
All of these teas, in their seemingly unlimited varieties, have been shown to make healthy, delicious Kombucha and SCOBYs. You can mix them and match them for any flavor combination you enjoy.
However, there are some teas to be avoided when making Kombucha.
You’re going to want to stay away from teas that have flavors in them. This is going to be your Lord Bergamots, Earl Grey teas, Chais, Orange Spice, so on and so forth. This is because of oils used in them that can be harmful to the SCOBY.
Herbal infusions technically don’t contain any Camellia sinensis, which is the Latin name for the tea plant. This means they are going to miss many of the nutrients your SCOBY requires to thrive, so we recommend staying away from those as well.
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