Have you heard of kombucha? It’s sort of the trendy drink right now. It’s fermented tea, and is part of the whole probiotics, healthy gut scene. I’ve tried a few varieties of GT’s brand, and since I love just about anything tart, the “Cosmic Cranberry” is my favorite. (Update: new favorite – Lavender Love. Later update: Now I make my own!) I have it with soda water; about 1 part kombucha, 2 parts soda water. (I drink my own straight up, no soda. It’s milder than GT’s.)
But since it’s made of tea, I’ve been wondering how much caffeine is in kombucha. And should I stay away from drinking it too late in the day?
I didn’t find any info on the GT’s website (although it did say that “the Classic line may contain more than 0.5% alcohol per volume”), but I did track down this info about caffeine on the Peaceful Table blog:
“I emailed GT’s and asked about caffeine content, and here was their prompt and satisfying reply:“”Many thanks for reaching out and for your interest in our products! GT’s Kombucha is considered naturally decaffeinated and contains anywhere from 8 mg to 14 mg per 8 oz. serving. (By comparison, coffee has 100 mg of caffeine per 8 oz. and decaf has 5 mg per 8 oz.). The reason it has any caffeine at all is because we cultivate Kombucha in a medium of black and green tea combined. The live Kombucha organism breaks down most of the nutrients in the tea, including the caffeine, and cultures an elixir naturally rich in probiotics, essential enzymes and organic acids. Hope that helps!””