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Showing posts with label where to buy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label where to buy. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Kombucha Happenings Around Town!

This past year has been great for kombucha in the Cambridge area. I've been making numerous additions to my Google map, Where to Buy Kombucha Around Boston, MA, and want to highlight the latest additions:
In addition, Culinary Cruisers, which just started up this past year, has been up to a lot of kombucha fun. From their Facebook Page: "The Culinary Cruiser Team is made up of siblings, Josh and Leah Danoff, and our friend Jennifer Johnsrud. We are all incredibly passionate about food and completely obsessed with the current mobile food revolution. Here at Culinary Cruisers we specialize in custom-built, pedal powered bicycle food carts. We've recently partnered up with Katalyst Kombucha, and our first bike, the Kombucha Cruiser, can be found serving up our delicious, raw and organic kombucha on tap at:"
  • The Science Center at Harvard

    Every Monday and Wednesday from 11am - 5pm.

    At 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138.

  • Harvard Farmers Market:

    Every Tuesday, noon – 6:00 pm, June 14th through October 25th

    At the intersection of Kirkland St & Oxford St, Cambridge, MA 02138. On the lawn between the Science Center and Memorial Hall.

  • Medford Farmers Market:

    Every Thursday, 3:00 – 7:00 pm, June 16th through October 13th

    At the Whole Foods Market Parking Lot, 2151 Mystic Valley Parkway (Rt. 16), Medford, MA 02155

  • Cambridge Farmers Market:

    Every Friday, noon – 6 pm, Charles Square, June 3rd through November 18th

    Every Sunday, 10 am – 3 pm, Charles Square, May 22nd through November 20th

    At the intersection of Eliot Street and Bennett Street in the Charles Hotel Plaza at Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA 02138.
Sounds pretty awesome. Visit the Culinary Cruiser Facebook page for their latest updates.

All of these locations and more can be found on my map, Where to Buy Kombucha Around Boston, MA. And if you discover that I'm missing a location, please let me know!

Happy kombucha drinking!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Where to Obtain Kombucha Cultures (Updated August 7, 2013)

I've been receiving numerous e-mails about where to buy kombucha mushrooms, so here's a quick rundown of your options.
  • A friend - If you are brewing using the traditional method and conditions are right, you get a new kombucha culture each batch! This means an overwhelming number of mushrooms if you brew regularly. So hit up your friends and tell them to spread the kombucha love! :)
  • My availability: Unfortunately I am unable to provide kombucha SCOBYs at this time.
If you have any more ideas of where to obtain kombucha mushrooms, please share!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Where to Buy Kombucha Around Boston, MA - Part II

I am very excited about this new Google Map that I created with locations that sell kombucha tea around Boston!!! With Google Maps, it will be much easier for me to update new locations that sell kt as I find them. For a link to the map, click here. And if you know of any other locations that I have left out, or if you have any suggestions for my map, please let me know! I'm sure others would appreciate it. :)

On another note, I have now relocated my kombucha brews to my kitchen cabinet.

For whatever reason, it has already been getting colder lately around Boston. (*sigh.* I wish it were still the middle of summer!) Since I tend to open my windows every now and then for the fresh air, my room can get chilly at times, too- which also makes for a slower kombucha ferment.

Because my kitchen tends to be warm, it is a good location temperature-wise for my kombucha brew. However, keeping your ferment in a cabinet in the kitchen is highly recommended- SCOBYs are not fond of smoke! And you might not want to keep your brew in too tight or small of a cabinet, either- kombucha mushrooms also like their oxygen!

Overall, keeping your ferment in a closet or cabinet can be very helpful if you would like to set it aside in an undisturbed spot. Just remember not to forget about your brew!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Kombucha: Gourmet Style and City Feed & Supply

A number of individuals have been asking me whether or not I have eaten a kombucha mushroom.

So one day when I had one mushroom too many, I finally decided to try it!

My comments: it was chewy, sticky, and the texture reminded me of the cold Chinese appetizer jellyfish noodles (which I actually really like!).

Photo: courtesy of Chow Times

However, the SCOBY that I had was somewhat old (I would say it had gone through 5+ cycles). And I have found that for consumption, the mushrooms get tougher with age, so the younger, more lightly colored mushrooms are easier to eat.

I am not sure if I will be eating another kombucha mushroom again. However, a friend recently gave me the idea of blending a SCOBY in a smoothie, which is something that I may need to try.

Happy Herbalist lists a number of different ideas and recipes for what to do with your kombucha mushrooms and tea, including using a kombucha mushroom as shoe leather or a drum skin, and using kombucha tea for marinades and even foot soaks.

Photo source: Happy Herbalist

You can also feed kombucha mushrooms to your dog, or composting them is another great option.

Oh yes, and another kombucha find: GT's Kombucha is sold at City Feed and Supply at 672 Centre St., Jamaica Plain! (I do not know if it's sold at their Boylston location, however). A bottle of GT's Kombucha from City Feed will set you back $3.99.

Have a good week, everyone! And thanks for reading!

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!!!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Where to Buy Kombucha in the Boston Area

So you live around the Boston area, and you don't have time to deal with the weekly SCOBY cycles, you don't have a kombucha mushroom, you are waiting for your brew to finish, or for whatever reason you need your Kombucha tea fix NOW. Where do you go? Here are all the places that I know of in the area that sell Kombucha tea. If you can think of any another places that I've left out, please let me know!

My all-time favorite place to buy KT:
  • Harvest Co-Op in Cambridge (Central Sq.). They also have another location in Jamaica Plain.
    -it's AMAZING: they sell GT's (from California), High Country Kombucha (from Colorado), Katalyst Kombucha (local- from Greenfield, MA!!!), and Kombucha Wonder Drink (from Oregan)!
    -they even sell Katalyst Kombucha in a 1/2 gallon jug!
If you can't make it out to the Harvest Co-Op, here are your other options:
  • Whole Foods, various locations
    -sells GT's and more
  • *Cambridge Naturals!*
    -in Cambridge (Porter Sq.)
    -sells Katalyst Kombucha, GT's, Kombucha Wonder Drink, and High Country Kombucha (as of 5/15/09!)
  • Oh Naturale (small health foods store in Boston's North End, 28 Parmenter St.)
    -sells GT's and High Country Kombucha
  • Rawbert's Organic Café
    -a little far in Beverly, MA
    -this café features vegan and raw foods
    -? brand
Addendum Oct. 1, 2011:
I have now created this Google map which has the most current updates: Where to Buy Kombucha Around the Boston Area. If I'm missing any locations on the map, please let me know!