Remedy Kombucha College: The History of Kombucha

Remedy Kombucha College: Lesson #1

The History of Kombucha

Forget the fads. While some may have only taken notice of our tasty live-cultured drink when Remedy started popping up in your local supermarket, grocer, cafe, or gym, kombucha as a beverage has been around for a loooooong time. We're not just talking pre-social media time when there was no way to snap a pic and show off your booch and acai bowl combo. We're talking BC time, peoples. For REAL old school.

So where did it all start? What's the story? Where does kombucha come from?  Well, here's the thing with those old pre-technology, pre-globalisation days. No one really knows. But there are a few theories that make sense.

Throughout its long and illustrious history, the mighty booch has also been known by some other ripper names, including: Olinka, Tschambucco, Kwassan, Champagne of Life, Kambotscha, Koucha kinoko, Manchurian Mushroom, Mo-Gu, Mother of Vinegar, Mushroom of Charity, Russian Jelly-fish, The Divine Tsche and Mushroom Tea... to name just a few.

Most people believe kombucha originated in China during the Qin Dynasty around 220BC for the Emperor Qinshi Huangdi, which is where the "cha" in the name comes from. As you may know, chá is the Chinese word for tea (yum cha, anyone?). In ancient China, kombucha was called “The Tea of Immortality”. Bold name, huh? Other Chinese names kombucha has been known by include “Sea Treasure”, “Stomach Treasure” (yes, really) and “Sea Mushroom”. Today in China, it goes by the names hongchajun, hongchagu or chameijun.

Believe it or not, the "Kombu" part of the name has nothing to do with kombis and hippies in the 60s who loved kombucha. Instead, the story that makes way more sense is that a Dr. Kombu from Korea introduced the drink to the Japanese Emperor Inyoko in 414 AD.  If you're ever traveling and after a booch fix, don't confuse it with “Seaweed Tea” which is called kombucha in Japan! The Japanese instead call it “kocha kinoko”, which means “red tea mushroom”.

Legend has it that Samurai warriors of ancient Japan carried it as an energy boost for battle. It's even been suggested that the mighty Genghis Khan and his armies were big on the booch.

Thanks to the infamous Silk Road, kombucha soon made its way to Europe, in particular Russia, where it was all the rage.  In Russian, a SCOBY is called čajnyj grib, which means “tea mushroom” and the drink itself is known as "grib" or “tea kvass”.

During World War II, tea and sugar - two important ingredients for kombucha - were rationed in Russia. As a result, the practice was lost in many homes but luckily enough preserved the tradition for it to flourish again in post-war Europe.

The drink soon made its way around the world, growing in particular popularity in the USA and in more recent years, Canada.

Speaking of traveling the world, every batch of our Remedy Kombucha that you enjoy today is a direct descendant from a live kombucha culture (aka SCOBY) brought to Australia (where Remedy was founded) from Germany by travelers more than 40 years ago!

Big props to our mates at Kombucha Kamp, an amazing resource and authority on all things kombucha, for much of the wisdom shared here.

What's so good about Remedy Kombucha?

Goes without saying, the team at Remedy LOVE kombucha. To help spread the love, we created a little blog series to give everyone else the lowdown on what's to love about it!

If you're still thinking, "hang on, kom-what-cha?!" pop over here to start at the beginning where we answer, "What IS kombucha!?".

We bet the next question is "Right... but WHY is kombucha so good for you?"

The benefits of kombucha essentially come down to three key components: live cultures, organic acids, and antioxidants in the form of tea polyphenols.

Combined, these three powerhouses help to support our all-important gut health as well as overall health and wellbeing. But let’s break it down in a little more detail…

When kombucha is fermented naturally and kept raw, unpasteurised and unfiltered as we do at Remedy, it contains healthy, living, good bacteria, or live cultures. Every can of Remedy Kombucha contains literally billions of these microorganisms.

Live cultures are great for gut health. We now know, thanks to the amazing work of scientists around the world, that good gut health is super critical to overall health and wellbeing. Research has proven (and continues to explore in more detail) how it affects everything from our digestion to our mood.

Live cultures improve gut health because they increase the diversity of your gut flora, or gut microbiota, aka the microorganisms or bugs that live in your gut.

They work together as a symbiotic community to get things working as they should and can also prevent the opportunistic growth of bag bugs. So the more diversity in there, the better things will work!

Organic acids, also known as short-chain fatty acids (SFCA) are produced during the natural fermentation or brewing process of making kombucha. You probably aren’t prepared for the words “acid” or “fatty” to be good, but trust us these little treasures are a powerhouse of goodness.

Without getting too technical or scientific, organic acids can help to:

  • Regulate appetite
  • Prevent the overgrowth of bad pathogenic bacteria
  • Provide an energy source for the good bacteria in your gut
  • Stabilise blood sugar levels
  • Regulate cholesterol

Remedy Kombucha is teeming with naturally occurring tea polyphenols – nutrients which are rich in antioxidants to help the body fight illness.

These polyphenols - which come from the organic green and black tea that form the base of our brew - also play an important role as a prebiotic to increase the ratio of beneficial bacteria in your gut.

In addition to the good stuff that IS in Remedy Kombucha, the other benefit comes from what’s NOT in it, and that’s sugar!

The negative health effects of too much sugar are pretty clear; from really basic and fairly immediate effects like weight gain to major risks such as diabetes, heart disease.

The beauty of Remedy is that although sugar goes into the initial brew, it gets eaten up by the live cultures during fermentation to produce those amazing organic acids we keep raving about. Remedy brews out ALL of the sugar, and we test every batch to make sure.

Live cultures
Organic acids and tea polyphenols
No sugar, for real
Tick, tick, tick!

Remedy Now Available at TARGET!

Attention Target shoppers in the US of A! We know your cart is overflowing with fall décor and pumpkin everything, but save room for our Remedy Kombucha because we have officially landed in ~250 Targets!

That's right… we’re giving our Target friends in California, Colorado, Minnesota, Florida and Washington (so far!) the opportunity to ride the Remedy rainbow of deeee-licious, deeee-lightful, live cultured, no-sugar drinks that have already gained an epic following in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the UK and across Asia.

Launching with Remedy Kombucha Raspberry Lemonade, Ginger Lemon and Mixed Berry, you can find Remedy’s 11oz 4-packs on Target shelves because we know one can is never enough. Especially when they're chock-full of flavor, packed with live cultures, organic acids, and contain no sugar, for real!

Want EVEN more flavors in EVEN more places across the U.S.? Make sure you tag us on social with where you’d love to see Remedy next. Hard to believe, we know, but your next Target run just got EVEN better! 

Remedy's Fresh Twist On Ginger Beer

Here at Remedy, we're all about shaking fizzy drinks for good and guess what? We're doin' it!

Remedy Ginger Beer is our fresh twist on your old school favorite, reinvented for today’s healthier times.

We're making it right and reclaiming fizzy drinks for what they’re meant to be - refreshing drinks, traditionally fermented with real ingredients in small batches.

And just like the rest of our tasty Remedy bevvies, Remedy Ginger Beer is live cultured with no sugar, for real.

WTH's a live cultured Ginger Beer?
Remedy Ginger Beer comes from the same kitchen counter that brought you Remedy Kombucha BUT it's NOT kombucha! Amazing! Minds blown!

Think of Remedy Ginger Beer as the perfect bevvie if you aren't quite ready to jump on the booch train but you want to make some healthier swaps in your diet. We get it. Baby steps. 

While Remedy Kombucha is made with tea, Remedy Ginger Beer is made with organic ginger juice brewed with our Remedy live culture to ferment out all of the sugar before adding our real ingredients including spices and botanicals to create a brand new take on Ginger Beer that's better for you! 

Why should I choose a live cultured Ginger Beer over a regular fizzy?
Made with live cultures, Remedy Ginger Beer is positively jammed with goodies for your mind, body and gut! Remedy's live cultured Ginger Beer offers a real, tasty alternative to sugary soda making it easier and tastier to reach for the right stuff!

Live cultures can help support gut health by:

  • Increasing the diversity of your gut flora – these are the good bugs that live in your gut to get things working as they should
  • Preventing the growth of bad bugs that make you sick
  • Supplying billions of microorganisms that are full of vitamins, minerals and fibre, which the healthy bacteria in your gut use as a food source to produce important metabolites for good health

Organic acids also known as short chain fatty acids (SFCAs) can:

  • Provide an energy source for the good bacteria in your gut
  • Help to regulate appetite
  • Stabilise blood sugar levels
  • Regulate cholesterol
  • Like live cultures, also help prevent overgrowth of bad bugs in your gut

Contains no sugar, for real:
The beauty of Remedy Ginger Beer is that although it's made with organic ginger juice which naturally contains sugar, all the sugar is eaten up by the live cultures during fermentation to maximise those amazing organic acids. Remedy brews out ALL of the sugar, and we test every batch to make sure.

Organic: Remedy Ginger Beer is certified organic, providing a natural energy kick without crash and burn of sugar and caffeine highs.

Tempting...but what do they taste like?
Big bang tang! This is how Ginger Beer is meant to be. Real ginger for fiery, fresh, full-on flavor and warmth.

When can I drink Remedy Ginger Beer?

You’re a newbie:
Not ready to jump on the booch train? Think of Remedy Ginger Beer as your gateway to the delicious world of tasty, live-cultured bevvies. We get it, sometimes you need to take baby steps.

Sub out a traditional soda: The crisp, fresh flavors of Remedy Ginger Beer makes it a perfect swap for sugary soda. 

Reach for the right stuff and swap out juice: While we use real, organic ginger juice in our Remedy Ginger Beer, all the sugar is brewed out making this bevvie a super fresh swap for traditional sugary fruit juice. 

Kids' birthday parties: Notorious for sugar highs and lows, avoid the kiddie crash ’n’ burn and opt for healthy, live cultured Remedy Ginger Beer at their next birthday party. Our fun size 8.5oz cans are just right for little hands.

Mix it up: Giving booze a break? Remedy Ginger Beer is a great option to take to BBQs, parties and picnics instead. But if you ARE imbibing, Remedy Ginger Beer also makes a great mixer.

Where can I find Remedy Ginger Beer?
Remedy Ginger Beer is available online at and via Amazon.