Austin is big into kombucha.
We have nearly half a dozen commercial kombucha makers, plus countless people who make this fermented tea at home. It’s packed full of probiotics that can boost your immune system, but not everybody loves the taste.
That was what prompted Austinite Trevor Ross to create a line of soda-inspired kombuchas that have less of the tangy vinegar taste of traditional kombuchas. Live Soda Kombucha comes in six flavors: lemon, orange, root beer, cola, ginger and Pure Doctor, modeled after Dr Pepper. They cost about $2.50 each and are widely available in stores including H-E-B and Target.
We tried four of them in this week’s Austin360 Taste Test video with both a kombucha lover, videographer Kelly West, who makes her own kombucha, and a kombucha novice, Tony Atkins, who loves soda. UPDATE: Live Soda Kombucha reached out this week with some additional info to questions we brought up in the video. As a raw kombucha, the drink has as many probiotics and sometimes more than other kombuchas on the market, and the natural flavors “are derived from natural essential oils extracted from fruits,” as well as regular spices, such as cinnamon, but “no artificial ingredients are used nor are they added to our extracted flavors or spices,” according to a rep.
You can see the rest of the videos in this series at YouTube.com/austin360video.