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While kombucha has gained significant popularity in Australia in recent years, the origins of kombucha are believed to have started in China more than 2000 years ago where it was consumed for its detoxifying and energising properties. As trade routes expanded, kombucha found its way into Russia and then into other eastern European areas, appearing in Germany around the turn of the 20th century.

In the 1960s, researchers in Switzerland reported that drinking kombucha was similarly beneficial as eating yogurt and kombucha’s popularity increased.

The fermented tea is now readily available in most Australian supermarkets, convenience stores and bars, and it is often offered as an alternative to alcoholic beverages.

Kombucha is a fermented tea made from either black or green tea leaves. It is prepared by placing the kombucha culture (tea fungus) into a tea broth made with sugar for fermentation. If the kombucha culture is cultivated according to the standard recipe with black tea, sweetened with sugar, it turns this substrate into a refreshing beverage.

Frozen Drinks

Frozen drinks are frozen versions of many popular carbonated drinks. They are available from a variety of outlets, including convenience stores, restaurants and cafes.


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Juice & Juice Drinks

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Emerging Beverages

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