kom·​bu·​cha ˌkäm-ˈbü-chə How to pronounce kombucha (audio) -shə How to pronounce kombucha (audio)
plural kombuchas
: a somewhat effervescent fermented beverage prepared by fermenting black or green tea with sugar
Black or green tea, sugar, bacteria, yeast and often fruit. These are the main ingredients that make kombucha, a fermented drink that is brewed—similarly to craft beer—and served cold with a traditionally sweet and sour taste.Carlos Rico
The rise in kombucha's popularity is part of a larger trend in "probiotic" foods containing bacteria, which some studies suggest benefit digestion and boost the immune system.Malia Wollan
The first study on the content of kombuchas found large differences in the chemical and microbial profiles of kombuchas, but all for the good.Marlise Riffel
Hard kombucha doesn't necessarily mean booze was added; producers intentionally ferment the tea longer to increase the alcohol content.Dawn MacKeen
: a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeasts which results from the fermentation process that produces kombucha : SCOBY
This tea's namesake ingredient, kombucha, is a mixed culture of yeasts and bacteria …Self Healing

Examples of kombucha in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The New School Sour tastes more like a kombucha than a beer, but is delicious nonetheless. Jordyn Noennig, Journal Sentinel, 18 Jan. 2024 Fairgrounds Coffee and Tea originally opened in 2016 and offers a variety of both local and national coffees, teas and kombuchas at locations in Chicago, Minneapolis and Dallas. Bridget Fogarty, Journal Sentinel, 26 Feb. 2024 The 2,000-square-foot airport location is designed to showcase Novo’s signature beverage bar that will feature many beers and kombuchas on tap. Lori Weisberg, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 July 2023 Hard kombuchas differ from regular varieties in sugar, starter culture, and tea proportions. Anthea Levi, Health, 14 Aug. 2023 Order this: Try a twist on a classic ice cream float — a kombucha float with Better kombucha or Harvest Roots kombucha. Shauna Stuart | Sstuart@al.com, al, 26 June 2023 To drink there are kombuchas, hard seltzer cocktails made with fresh tropical fruit purées, wines and beer. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Mar. 2023 Local Roots is also the exclusive kombucha of the San Diego County Fairgrounds and the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach. San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 June 2022 Many kombuchas taste somewhat similar to ginger ale and contain probiotics, which can contribute to a healthy gut microbiome, and thus help reduce inflammation. Women's Health, 17 Apr. 2023

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Word History


probably misapplication of Japanese konbucha, kobucha "tea made from kelp," from kobu, konbu "kelp" + cha "tea"

First Known Use

1928, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of kombucha was in 1928

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“Kombucha.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kombucha. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


kom·​bu·​cha ˌkäm-ˈbü-shə How to pronounce kombucha (audio) -chə How to pronounce kombucha (audio)
: a gelatinous mass of symbiotic bacteria (as Acetobacter xylinum) and yeasts (as of the genera Brettanomyces and Saccharomyces) grown to produce a fermented beverage held to confer health benefits
also : the beverage prepared by fermenting kombucha with black tea and sugar
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