Kentucky Kombucha founder explains health benefits of fermented tea drink

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Ky. (WDRB) - Kombucha is a drink said to cure all sorts of illness.

Paul Haney and his wife, Alison, are the founders of Kentucky Kombucha. They make the ancient Chinese fermented tea drink at their home in Springfield, Ky. 

The couple started their business as the first certified organic farmers in Washington County. They sold their crops and kombucha at the Douglas Loop Farmers Market in the Highlands, and when the drink took off, it became the primary focus of their business.

Now, customers come back with stories of how the homemade kombucha helps cure their health problems like bowel discomfort and constipation. They say it can limit cravings, it can be a source of energy, an appetite suppressant and even help a hangover.

Haney says the drink helps the body help itself.

The recipe starts with filtered boiling water and organic cane sugar. Mix it together, and add tea leaves. 

“What we are going to use is the Jasmine tea,” Haney said.

Let the solution cool and add a cup of pre-made kombucha from a previous batch. Next, add SCOBY.

“This is the thing a lot of people are really curious about. It's called a SCOBY, which is an acronym for symbiotic community of bacteria and yeast,” Haney said.

The slimy SCOBY is what provides the probiotics, antioxidants, amino acids, organic acids, enzymes and vitamins to your diet. Keep the solution at 75 degrees to 80 degrees and store it for a little more than a month.

Kentucky Kombucha is at 70 different restaurants and retailers across the state, including health food stores and even liquor stores.

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