Fermented tea with health benefits

February 2, 2012 2:55:00 PM PST
A weird word for a kind of weird drink made from bacteria.

Rich Awn makes his own Kombucha in his Brooklyn apartment.

"You get two bottles out of each one of these bowls. I've got 15 bowls right now," Awn said.

Inside those bowls, distilled water that's been boiled with sugar and combined with that culture. The bacteria grows as the beverage brews and ferments and sometimes gets flavored.

Rich calls his brand "Mombucha" because his mom got him hooked on Kombucha for the bacteria's health benefits.

"They're doing good things for your gut it's actually adding digestive power to what's already going on in your digestive track," Awn said.

Eric Childs liked what Kombucha did for him.

So he started brewing his own and that brewed right into a business, Kombucha Brooklyn. It is available in bottles and do it yourself kits.

"The kit allows you to make 7 bottles," Childs said.

That all important culture is sent to you when you're ready to get started and there's even Kombucha Brooklyn on tap.

Kombucha did 150 million dollars in business last year in America because people swear the probiotic elixir does them good.

Awn is happy to bottle his "Mombucha" at home, and deliver his artisanal product by bike.

"The most important thing to me is that it's helping them, keeping them healthy," Awn said.

To order Eric Child's Kombuca kit click the link below.

If you would like to learn more about Rich Awn's 'Mombucha" click the link below.

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