· By Merle von KOMBUCHERY
Tea for kombucha fermentation - What you should consider
We help you to find the right tea for your kombucha fermentation at home
Good and tasty tea is a basic requirement for a flavorful Kombucha. Kombucha was made with the tea plant Camellia Sinensis as far back as ancient China. The tea plant belongs to the camellia genus (Camellia) and the tea plant family (Theaceae). All parts of the tea plant (buds, leaves, stems and flowers) are used to make either black or green tea. Black and green tea come from the same tea plant. The variations in the tea varieties are the result of different further processing and the different conditions during plant cultivation.
Why do you need tea for kombucha?
The tea fungus consists of various yeasts and bacteria and various small microorganisms. It needs nutrients such as caffeine, nitrogen and theanine to grow and thrive. These are found in the Camellia Sinensis teas described above. The tea also contains vitamins C and B and provides the Scoby with various antioxidants and polyphenols.
Possible types of tea for delicious Kombucha
If your Scoby could talk, he'd probably advocate being paired with black tea at all times. A particularly nutrient-rich base with which he can work quickly and ferment quickly.
- Friesian mix (Assam, Ceylon, Indian Himalaya)
With green tea you can usually ferment your kombucha a little faster. It gives a sweet note that is a bit sour on the finish. However, the Scoby with green tea does not grow quite as fast as that with black tea.
- Sencha & Matcha
- Chun Mee
White tea has less caffeine and is high in antioxidants. It has a slightly sweeter taste than green tea. Above all, it is well suited for mixing with green or black tea. One should not ferment exclusively with white tea. Your Scoby could suffer from this.Our favourites:
- silver pin
- Shou Mei
- Oolong tea
Oolong tea is a Chinese semi-fermented tea with a long tradition. The tea dried in the sun gives a unique taste. Sometimes it tastes a bit smoky or has a sweet honey note. It can be a perfect base for the Scoby and is also a perfect companion to Kombucha when mixed with other types of tea.
- red robe
- Iron Goddes
- Phoenix Mountain
What water to boil the tea?It's hard to believe, but the quality of the water plays a major role in fermentation . The rather inconspicuous ingredient can affect your tea mushroom positively and negatively. Conventional tap water may have residual chlorine and chemicals, as well as fluoride. These substances can harm the Scoby. It is therefore best to always use filtered water.
Important! There are a few simple rules to keep in mind when choosing tea.
Which tea is not good for your kombucha?
- Do not use tea with a high proportion of essential oils or artificial flavors (e.g. fruit tea, tea made from sage or lemon balm).
- use prefer loose tea as tea bags.
- If you use fruit tea or tea other than black, green or white tea, just mix it with it, not pure!r!
Hinweis: Dieser Artikel ist ausschließlich für Informationszwecke bestimmt und nicht als professionelle Analyse, Beratung oder medizinische Auskunft zu verstehen, sondern enthält die persönliche Meinung des Autors, basierend auf recherchierter Fachliteratur und eigener Erfahrung zum Thema.