How to Choose The Best Tea For Making Kombucha

The best tea for making kombucha tea is pure, organic tea from the tea plant-Camellia sinensis. The best starter tea is organic black tea.

 However, green white and oolong tea can also be used after you have made at least four batches of kombucha.

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How to Pick Black Tea

Organic black tea is the least oxidized type of tea. Therefore it contains the necessary nitrogen and minerals for the fermentation process. 

That makes it the best tea for making kombucha.

However when choosing black tea keep in mind you want pure black tea that is free of any additives. Ceylon or English Breakfast tea are good options.

You want to avoid using herbal teas as well.

What Is Green Tea Kombucha

Kombucha is a fermented beverage typically made from green tea, sugar, bacteria, and yeast.

  The tea sometimes called fungus tea or mushroom tea. Kombucha tea is believed to be one of the best teas for digestion. That is due to its probiotic content.

 The fermentation process is aided by symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast – (SCOBY). When you add the SCOBY to the sugar and tea it consumes them.

The result is that fermentation takes place. Fermentation transforms the mixture into a fizzy beverage with a slightly sweet and sour taste.

Proponents believe kombucha tea delivers many health benefits. But there is no science based data to back up the claim. In any case it is a delicious beverage.

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How Much Tea You Need to Make Kombucha?

You need four ingredients to make your kombucha tea.

 These ingredients are six organic black tea bags, or two tablespoons of organic loose tea. You also need one gallon of filtered water and one cup of organic cane sugar.

 Here’s a complete, easy to follow guide for making kombucha tea at home.

The Benefits of Kombucha Tea

Because black tea is the best tea for making the kombucha advocates claim that the beverage delivers some health benefits.

For example, they believe that consumption of kombucha tea improves the digestive system, boosts the immune system, and stabilizes blood sugar.  

They also claim that the tea is good for gout, and reduces blood pressure.

Their claims are based on the ingredients and process involved in making kombucha teas.

 For instance green tea has compounds that are good for your health.  Some studies show that they can help you lower cholesterol and burn fat to lose weight.

It is also believed that the fermenting process involved in making kombucha tea results in creation of probiotics.

Probiotics are thought to be good for gut health. They may strengthen the immune system. And may help with digestive problems such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) as well.

However none of these claimed health benefits have been scientifically verified.

Does Kombucha Have Caffeine?

Yes it does. However the amount of caffeine kombucha has depends on a few factors:

Variety of tea used.  Even though black teas the is best tea for making kombucha, different varieties of black of teas have varying caffeine content.

 Therefore, if you are sensitive to caffeine, you may want to choose a low caffeine or decaffeinated tea when making you own kombucha.

How long the tea is brewed. The longer you keep the tea in hot water the more caffeinated the kombucha tea will be.

The product ingredient. Some kombucha product ingredients are naturally caffeinated while others have extra caffeine added to them.  Check the caffeine content of products you decide to use.

It is estimated that only one third of the tea’s caffeine is left after fermentation. So in most cases this amount of caffeine will not affect most people.


Kombucha is a fermented tea which many proponents claim offer various health benefits.

So far studies have found very little evidence that supports the validity of kombucha health benefits .

You can make your kombucha tea at home or you can purchase prepared ones from local stores or online.

The best tea for making kombucha -should you decide to make your own tea -is organic black tea.

Check for caffeine and sugar content of Kombucha ingredients you purchase if these are important to you.

Disclaimer This article is for informational purposes only. Nothing stated or implied on the website should be viewed as medical advise. Please consult with a professional healthcare provider for medical advice.