Green Tea Kombucha

Can you brew kombucha with green tea? And what are the benefits of green tea kombucha?

Today we’ll be going over it and how it is made. 

Green Tea Kombucha

Kombucha is extremely easy to make; after all, it’s just fermented sweet tea. The majority of time brewers use the traditional kombucha recipe here. Traditional kombucha is made with black tea, sugar, water, and a kombucha starter culture or SCOBY. While not as popular, there are certainly other recipes out there that use different tea types, both traditional tea and herbal tea, in both the primary kombucha fermentation and second fermentation. Often alternate recipes aren’t used until a brewer has learned the traditional brewing process and then is ready to explore other options. This leads us to today’s topic.

Can You Use Green Tea To Make Kombucha?

Absolutely, you can brew kombucha with 100% green tea or a blend. Green tea and black tea are both made from the same plant – camellia sinensis. Black and green tea leaves are both picked, and the only difference from there is how the leaves are processed. When tea leaves are processed, they can be oxidized. As they oxidize, they progressively turn darker as the chlorophyll breaks down, and the tannins are released. So as you guessed it, red tea, known as traditional black tea in the west, is fully oxidized. Green tea isn’t oxidized. This is why green tea is much lighter and why it has a mild, delicate flavor. This lighter backdrop really gives your kombucha flavors a chance to shine through. Also, adding to the taste, the fizzy kombucha carbonation over the delicate green tea really brightens up the finished batch. 

green tea kombucha

What is Jun Kombucha?

It’s important to note that while you can brew green tea kombucha, it’s not jun kombucha. What is jun kombucha? Jun kombucha tea is like kombucha’s classier cousin. Often referred to as the “champagne of kombucha,” jun has a crisper, brighter flavor than that of traditional kombucha. The difference is jun tea is brewed with a Jun SCOBY, green tea, and honey rather than a traditional kombucha culture, black tea, and cane sugar. The differences result in a delicate and delicious brew. Ready to brew jun kombucha? Visit our post here on how to brew jun kombucha.  

How Do You Make Green Tea Kombucha?

It’s simple, follow our basic kombucha recipe but swap out green tea in place of the black tea. You can use 100% green tea or blend it with black in any combination. A 50/50 blend works great. 

Best Green Tea Kombucha Flavors

Green tea pairs perfectly with citrus and floral flavors. Green tea kombucha tastes great on its own, but don’t be afraid to experiment with other fruits and flowers to make your own favorite recipe. Here are a few of our favorites:

Kombucha brewing supplies

Health Benefits of Green Tea

The benefits of drinking kombucha often are the reason people begin drinking it in the first place. In addition to the benefits from the fermentation process, the tea used in the brew also provides benefits of their own. Green tea is rich in polyphenols; these are natural compounds that have health benefits. According to HealthLine, these compounds reduce inflammation and can help fight cancer. You can find the whole list of green tea benefits here, which includes green tea’s ability to increase fat burning, brain function, and help with weight loss along with many others. Another thing to note is green tea has less caffeine than black tea. So if the caffeine content of kombucha is a concern of yours, try substituting more green tea in your kombucha brew. 

What are the Best Green Tea Kombucha Flavors?

Since green tea kombucha, much like jun kombucha, is light and bright, flavors really shine through. So if you’re experimenting, we recommend using tropical fruits and citrus. Even floral flavors are a good choice with this brew. Here are a few of our recipes to add green tea kombucha to:

Ginger Mojito Kombucha

Hibiscus Lime Kombucha

Lavender Kombucha

Orange Rosemary Rosehips

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