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A Friendlier Kombucha

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Mar 30, 2012 random reviews , , , , , 0 Comments

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!


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