I’m a big fan of the famous GTDave’s kombuchas, but yesterday at Erewhon (the only store nearby to get the “classic” version rather than Whole Foods’ weaker “enlightened” line) I noticed that their price had gone up yet again, this time to $3.99. Scanning through the other brands, I came across this:
It was cheaper, but it was also smaller; 12 oz instead of 16. So I looked at the nutrition facts, and was completely shocked that every flavor had only two grams of sugar in the whole bottle. Even the non-sweetened GT Dave’s have four, and fruity flavors carry 8-10. They also have about 70-80 calories to a bottle, and Dr. Chao has only 30. Lastly, Dr. Chao has managed to pull a gram of protein into the mix. I figured I’d give one a try; flavors ranged from vanilla to ginkgo, and I went for the St. John’s Wort one.
Plain/herbal kombuchas are never exactly oh-my-yumness beverages compared to their fruit counterparts, which I confirmed with this one on first sip. But a couple drops of stevia later, it’s quite good! Also a plus over Dave’s is that when I went to their site I saw that they use organic tea and organic sugar for the brewing process.
Dr. Chao also sells vegan coffee drinks, and they aren’t even made with soy- they use almond and coconut milks. Definitely a brand to look out for!