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A lightly sparkling beverage made by fermenting black or green tea and sugar with a culture of various bacteria and yeasts.

[Probably from Japanese kombucha, tea made from kombu (the Japanese word perhaps being used by English speakers to designate fermented tea due to confusion or because the thick gelatinous film produced by the kombucha culture was thought to resemble seaweed) : kombu, kombu; see kombu + cha, tea; see chanoyu.]
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Kombucha duo: Equinox Kombucha has launched two new variants, Espresso Coffee and Peach & Turmeric (rsp: PS1.80/250ml), which have rolled into selected Waitrose stores.
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CEREDIGION farmers Elwyn and Cerdin Williams swear by it: each morning the brothers take a swig of kombucha fermented green tea.
High alcohol kombucha market is quite new, with major development come since 2016.
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In June 2018, Humm Kombucha, the world's most drinkable kombucha launched the first-ever variety pack in exclusive retail partnership with 45+ Costco warehouses in Southern California.
Kombucha is mainstream enough now that big-guy grocers carry them en masse and even Starbucks and Coca-Cola have their own labels.