Originally published by Inés Fung. Last updated by Min Ji Park.
Kombucha is a fizzy drink made out of fermented green or black tea that’s chock-full of probiotics and antioxidants—all thanks to its essential component, the SCOBY. An acronym for “symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast,” the SCOBY acts as the “mother” that encourages yeast and bacteria growth during the fermentation process. And kombucha isn’t just another passing health fad, either: the drink has roots in China, Japan, and Russia, and had long been known as a health booster prior to its resurgence in popularity in the Western world.
Kombucha is particularly good for anyone with digestive issues, or simply as a healthier alternative to booze and fruit juice. While there is an abundance of choices when it comes to imported booches (which we will also list), read on for how you can support local businesses and where you can find a bottle of Hong Kong-made kombucha.
Probably the most recognisable kombucha brand in Hong Kong, Taboocha uses organic Chinese tea and organic raw cane sugar to create its small batch of probiotic elixirs. Its range of fun and unique flavours are injected via cold-pressed juices, fresh herbs, and spices. With six signature year-round options, as well as three seasonal flavours, our favourites are the Geung, a bold infusion of goji berry and ginger green tea, and Woof-Long, a rich oolong sweetened with osmanthus flower and orange peel.
Help save the earth and some cute pooches and return your booch bottles to any of Taboocha’s outlets, and the company will donate $1 to a dog charity. You can buy Taboocha online, get it delivered to you via Deliveroo, and also find it at various retail locations.
Kushta’s kombuchas are made to order in the heart of Hong Kong. It may possibly have the widest range of unique flavours available in town, and the team loves making your booch fantasies come true with custom brews. Kushta uses local ingredients when possible, as well as sustainable packaging. Past popular flavours include passionfruit hibiscus, chai masala, and custard apple, and Kushta has rotating weekly specials available to order.
Make sure to follow its Instagram page, send a DM, and join the ranks of wellness experts and fitness gurus who have given Kushta’s kombuchas their vote of confidence.
Whether you would like to your kombucha on tap or by the bottle (both supplied by Taboocha), Blue Supreme has got you covered. A modern American bistro and craft beer bar perched on Sheung Wan’s upper reaches, Blue Supreme serves its kombucha alongside many varieties of beers from all over the world. If you want to bring your furry friend along while you sip your kombucha, you’re in luck, because Blue Supreme is also pet-friendly!
Blue Supreme, G/F, 21 Tung Street, Sheung Wan | (+852) 5998 3088
Lekker Stuff was founded by mother-daughter duo Ravina and Nikita Daswani, selling CBD products sourced from South Africa. Its line of CBD products now includes kombucha—made fresh, its kombuchas can be ordered with CBD or without and are non-GMO, vegan, and naturally gluten-free. Lekker’s kombucha (starting from $60) comes in four flavours and is a popular choice for when you need an energy boost or help with gut issues. You can order the kombuchas for delivery on Lekker Stuff’s website or for pick-up via email.
Foodcraft Hong Kong hosts monthly kombucha-making workshops ($680) at its HQ in Kennedy Town. You will get a complete home-brewing lesson, including how to flavour your creations and maintain the SCOBY, a ready-to-drink flavoured kombucha, and your very own starter kit. Already know what to do? Order a SCOBY or a starter kit from the Foodcraft site and get your booch on! No time to make your own? Foodcraft also produces their own line of kombucha, called Equinox, available in six crisps flavours.
Foodcraft Hong Kong, Room A, 21F Yiuga Factory Building, 62 Victoria Road, Kennedy Town
If a bottled and imported option will do the trick for you just the same, City’Super stocks a healthy collection of kombuchas from brands across the world. Multiple flavours of Health-Ade ($58) are available, as well as different varieties of Wonder Drink ($18) and Captain Kombucha ($42). Similarly, Feather & Bone offers Remedy ($28.5) in various flavours.