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Sunday, May 24, 2009

New Kombucha Discoveries Around Town

One or two weeks ago I found myself at Cambridge Naturals- and I was very happy to find that they did not only have Katalyst Kombucha and GT's as I remembered. They had those two brands, Kombucha Wonder Drink, and High Country Kombucha Tea as well! And although it's hard to see in the picture- just like the Harvest Co-Op, Cambridge Naturals also sells Katalyst Kombucha in a 1/2 gallon jug! (The jugs are in the bottom right of the picture, partially obscured by the boxes).

Later on that week I was at the Harvest Co-Op, and made another good finding: Katalyst Kombucha now sells their kombucha tea in 16 oz resealable bottles! The only downside is that they used to sell 12 oz bottles of kombucha tea for $2. Now at the Harvest Co-Op, they sell 16 oz of kombucha tea for $2.79. $2.79 is still the cheapest price I've found for a 16 oz bottle of kombucha tea in the area, though, at regular price (I think)! And yay for reusable bottles!

Oh, and did I mention that GT's now uses plastic bottle caps for their kombucha tea? No more worries about rusty bottle caps->these bottles are also wonderfully reusable! Awesome. I've seen this brand for $3.49 regular price at Whole Foods and the Harvest Co-Op.

To top it off, I found another location that sells Kombucha Tea- Oh Naturale in Boston's North End (28 Parmenter St.). Oh Naturale is a small health foods store, and sells High Country Kombucha and GT's Kombucha Tea (you can see them in the picture in the bottom three rows). Unfortunately, Oh Naturale sells kombucha at the higher price of $3.99 per bottle.

So I am very happy to say that both the Harvest Co-Op and Cambridge Naturals are equally competitive locations for your Kombucha Oases if you live around Boston/Cambridge. (Something to keep in mind though is that Cambridge Naturals is in Porter Square, while the Harvest Co-Op is in Central Square and Jamaica Plain). Both stores sell all four brands of kombucha tea. However, I sadly did not compare the prices of kombucha tea for either of them, because apparently I was too occuppied with my other good finds. I also do not pay enough attention to the prices, because I find it hard to justify myself to buy kombucha tea when I brew it myself. But the next time I am in these shops, I will be on the lookout for good deals! :)

And if you haven't already, read more about other places in the area to buy kombucha tea in my old post.

For those of you who have Monday off, enjoy the long weekend!!!


macmccabe said...

I thought O'Naturals was a fast food restaurant with a location at Brigham Hospital. Can't find it in the North End. Where is it?

Annabelle Ho said...

-sorry about that, the place is actually spelled "Oh Naturale"!
-I updated my blog post, and Oh Naturale is located at 28 Parmenter St.
-the only downside is that they sell kombucha tea at a slightly higher price- $3.99/bottle. but if you're in the area and need kombucha...there you go!

Unknown said...

Hello Annabelle,
a family member is coming from europe to visit me. she likes kombucha but preares it in her own way.... rather then buying prepared products do you know any place inor around Boston the sell Kombucha "mashrooms"...I ma not familiar yet with any of this but would really like to find this for her. Thank You much. V

Annabelle Ho said...

Hm...I only know of online places to buy kombucha mushrooms. I have plenty of extras, though, so if you would like to pick one up from me (around the BU area), send me an e-mail at annaho[at]bu.edu!

Annabelle Ho said...

oh...and i also forgot to mention that i got my first SCOBY from http://www.happyherbalist.com/ based on a referral.

but you can also grow your own SCOBY if you'd like (it will probably take around 2 weeks though at least). you can see my old blog posts about my experience doing it!