What tea you can use for fermentation
A lovingly balanced kombucha and high quality tea are inseparable. We give you a few simple rules to avoid the wrong choice of tea. After that, you'll find an interesting interview about tea from the tea experts at Sensaterra.
Why do you need tea for kombucha?
Kombucha scoby is made up of different yeasts and bacteria and various small microorganisms. It needs nutrients to grow and thrive, such as caffeine, nitrogen, and theanine. 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.
The right tea choice for kombucha:
As a beginner kombucha maker, use black tea or a blend of green and black tea for fermentation.
Donot use tea with a high content of essential oils or with artificial flavors (e.g. tea made from sage or lemon balm).
Preferably use loose tea and not tea from bags.
Do not use fruit tea or other exotic, fruity teas on their own - only mix them!
Which water to boil the tea for the Kombucha fermentation?
It's hard to believe, but the quality of the water plays a major role in kombucha production. The rather unassuming ingredient can affect your scoby positively and negatively. Conventional tap water may have residual chlorine and chemicals, as well as fluorides. These substances can harm the Scoby. Therefore, it is best to always use filtered water.
In an interview with the tea experts from Sensaterra - the magazine for all the latest tea and coffee topics
What makes a really good tea?
The nice thing is that everyone can perceive something different as "good". That is why it is difficult to make an accurate statement here. First of all, I would recommend not to consume tea with artificial flavourings or added sugar. The great thing about tea is that you can enjoy the fermented substances and flavours from the plant in all kinds of combinations. If you let yourself go with what nature has to offer, you will be surprised. What can definitely make a huge difference in terms of taste is the way the tea is prepared. It is very important to pay attention to the water temperature and brewing time. The hotter the water and the longer the brewing time, the more likely it is to extract unwanted bitterness from the tea leaves and this will then distort the were and delicious flavours that would otherwise be tasted.
What is the difference between black and green tea?
With black and green tea, the processing after plucking makes all the difference. Actually, it is very similar for both teas, except that in black tea, the leaves ferment afterwards and those of green tea do not. That is why the black tea is dark. So, in general, it can be said that green and black tea can be obtained from the same bush. But as with anything, there is so much creative leeway in processing that it is possible to get a variety of special flavors.
What are the health benefits of regular tea consumption?
Here it depends very much on which tea is consumed. But one thing is for sure: tea consists solely of water and our body needs a lot of it. (Everything in moderation, overdoing it is never good). Certain teas with fruits, for example, also contain vitamins that can do us good. Many herbs in tea stimulate our metabolism or relax us.
Is the teein in tea more tolerable than the caffeine in coffee?
Teein is very similar to caffeine. However, it is not as "aggressive". Caffeine has the property to make a person awake with full power for a short moment. Teein, on the other hand, wakes the body up slowly. But it also keeps you awake much longer. My professor at university always recommended me to drink tea rather than coffee during exams, because the long-term effect to stay awake is better with teein than with caffeine.
You have several articles about kombucha on your blog. What makes a good kombucha for you?
Since we are not specialists in kombucha, for us, first of all, the credibility of our partner matters a lot. We are firmly convinced that when we talk to our partners, it quickly becomes clear whether they are industrial products or high-quality products that have not been pasteurized.
Who is behind Sensaterra and what is your mission?
Behind Sensaterra is a motley, small young team. Our CEOs Maxence Béguin and Camille Rodriguez are both French. However, the whole team is also made up of Germans and Italians, as we want to launch our e-commerce in these three countries at the same time. Our mission is to launch an e-commerce that exclusively offers high-quality hot beverages. This means that we want to bring the attention back to small local businesses, traders and roasters and at the same time make them heard in a modern way through our webpage. We don't want to endorse industrial products, and we want to remain authentic in the way we convey information to customers. This way, I'm sure more people will soon appreciate how much work can go behind a hot cup of tea, chocolate, coffee, etc.
Where do you source your tea? Do you pay attention to fair trade?
We don't have our own production and therefore no own products. All the teas we offer on our platform belong to small suppliers from France, Italy or Germany. Each of them has their own specialities and natural production methods. Here it is also important to us that our partners represent the same values as we do. We attach great importance to transparency, fair trade and sustainability.
Thanks to Eleana from Sensaterra for the interview!
You can find more exciting articles by Eleana about tea and coffee here.
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