Coffee kombucha has become very popular and its delicious! It tastes a bit like Tia Maria and looks all dark and brooding, like Guinness!
You can convert a normal kombucha scoby to coffee but then you can’t use it again for tea Since coffee is already acidic you don’t need any starter tea so you are good to go with just a scoby and some sweetened coffee.
You can buy a scoby from Happy Kombucha.co.uk, request one from the Facebook group UK Fermenting Friends or ask a kombucha brewer for a spare. I have a scoby hotel and give lots of baby scobys away. A Scoby is a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeasts and keeps growing and multiplying, if you look after it properly, so you only need to acquire one once!
TO DO IT
As with everything else, the quality of the coffee beans massively affects the flavour of your kombucha. Coffee with sweet or chocolatey flavour notes gives the best flavour.
Dear Green Coffee are an award-winning local company and sell fabulous coffee.
I have used their Peruvian and Brazilian beans but the Peruvian beans are by far the most popular with everyone! It has notes of honey, toasted almond and toffee!
SECOND FERMENT FOR ADDED FLAVOUR
Since coffee is a strong flavour, you are a bit limited in what you can add to second ferment it!
So far, I have tried cardamom pods, mulled spice syrup, vanilla and maple syrup. Think of all the flavours which the coffee shops sell and try a few different ones to find your favourite!
Coffee Kombucha topped with coconut kefir and a sprinkle of cacao is utterly delicious!!
Coffee kombucha is fabulous in a cocktail, like an Espresso Martini! My favourite is a blend of frozen cherries, coffee kombucha and martini. I call it In the Pink!
If you don't fancy brewing your own Kombucha or Water Kefir then Swichel is a great alternative fermented drink, dating back to the Amish People.
It's a simple add everything to a jar and leave overnight type of drink. I contain some stellar ingredients, among them Apple Cider Vinegar, which is already naturally fermented and good for your gut health, grated ginger, maple syrup and lemon juice.
Switchel is a really detoxifying drink that you can add to your morning routine: It restores electrolytes, eases pain and inflammation, balances Ph, keeps blood sugar levels balanced and improve digestion.
Is a very refreshing drink especially when diluted with sparkling water!
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