They say there’s no such thing as a magical potion but those people have clearly never tried Theonista kombucha. This range of powerful liquid concoctions is currently taking the South African health and brew world by storm thanks to its delicious flavour and oh-so-incredible health benefits. Here’s why I’m crazy in love with the Theonista drinks range and everything it’s doing for my body.
The small craft beverage company located in Woodstock, Cape Town believes that food is medicine and they’re all about creating delicious beverages and unique flavours using traditional fermentation techniques and nothing but the best quality consciously-sourced ingredients. The result is a range of drinks that will surprise your taste buds and treat your body they way it deserves to be treated. Forget, sugary soft drinks, kombucha (pronounced “kom-BOO-chuh”) is the way forward when it comes to refreshing drinks! If you’re not familiar with this fermented powerhouse beverage then listen up because it’s all kinds of wonderful. Theonista uses the living food in a number of their beverages to create drinks that are not only beyond yummy but also help improve gut ecology and your overall wellbeing.
The unique beverage is made by fermenting tea and sugar with a specific culture called a SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast) and the result is a healthy drink with a unique sweet-tart taste and a light fizz (almost similar to sparkling apple cider). But, before you condem it for being made with sugar take note that most of the sugar used to make kombucha is consumed by the SCOBY during the fermentation process – the sugar is food for the SCOBY as well as the living organisms which make kombucha so beneficial. Some of the benefits of kombucha include improved digestion and immunity, increased energy, detoxification, and healthier hair, skin and nails but others have also claimed that it can help with metabolic disorders, allergies, cancer, hypertension, chronic fatigue and arthritis. Rumour has it that it’s also an excellent hangover cure!
I got the chance to try a few bottles of the stuff and absolutely loved it. While the taste isn’t for everyone if you love tea or cider then you will no doubt enjoy the Theonista brews as well. The beverage company offers a wide range of kombucha drinks in various flavours including Ginger Rooibos, Rooibos Pomegranate, Yerba Maté, Ginger Green, Green Tea Pomegranate, Simply Green, and Green Tea & Red Grape, in 330ml, 500ml, and 1L bottles. The bottles range from R29 – R39 a bottle and are available online from Faithful to Nature or from health shops, various markets and on-tap at Clarke’s and Loading Bay in Cape Town. They also sell traditional Masala spiced Chai concentrate at R45 for a 500ml (this can be mixed with water or milk to give you twice as much Chai).
And, if you want to try your hand at making then your own they will help you with that too! Theonista is the only kombucha company in Africa selling brew kits to encourage home brewers to experiment with their own brewing adventures and engage more directly with traditionally fermented foods. The home brew kit is R350 from Faithful to Nature and includes raw cane sugar, a custom tea blend (for 2 batches), a reusable cloth tea bag, black Theonista branded tote bag, and SCOBY (Symbiotic Colony Of Bacteria & Yeast) that can be used for virtually infinite brewing!