Benefits of Booch
Booch is a story of personal passion turned commercial adventure. After tasting kombucha in other countries, we were disappointed to find it wasn’t available in Kenya. While Eoin was visiting his brother in Uganda in 2016, he picked up a SCOBY - and brewed the first Booch in his kitchen.
We like to joke that Booch has a Ugandan “mother”. All kombucha is made from a “mother” or SCOBY most commonly gifted from one brewer to the next. This rubbery white disc is what transforms sweet tea into tart, refreshing, and healthy raw kombucha - the tasty probiotic drink that’s been made for thousands of years.
After years of experimentation, study, and many taste tests later, we bring you, Booch. Made from 100% Kenyan ingredients - from the Oolong tea (a black tea processed in a Chinese style) to the locally grown sugar, fruits, and botanicals, it’s a locally-sourced, locally-made product.
We love getting to know our suppliers who are as product-obsessed as we are. David Yang is a Chinese tea specialist who’s lived in Kenya since 1994, now growing loose leaf Oolong tea. We made kombucha with green tea, white tea, black tea, and finally settled on Oolong tea for its complexity and flavor profile. Kenya is known for its berry exportation - sourcing quality, fresh raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries locally helped balance the flavor of Booch without artificial flavorings or added sugar.
After a few months of product development, our kitchen passion couldn’t keep up with the demand from friends and family. We decided to take the plunge and hired our first full-time employee to scale up Booch production while keeping it handcrafted in small batches.
In 2020, we moved into a larger manufacturing space and have taken our production to the next level while maintaining fresh, small-batch, and local sourcing.
We are pleased to bring you a refreshing, healthy product that Kenyans deserve.
#TrustYourGut and try a Booch today.
Currently available around Nairobi in restaurants, cafes, and select retail outlets. Purchase from a Carrefour, Chandarana, Healthy U, Zucchini, Artcaffe Market, or a Fresh2Go near you.
Locate all of our outlets here:
Express Shop (Kilifi), and Chandarana (Nanyuki). We are actively seeking new outlets
Booch is a delicious naturally flavored kombucha. We use locally sourced ingredients like tea, sugar, fruit and botanicals to brew 100% raw, fresh, and natural kombucha without preservatives. Booch is full of probiotics that aid digestion, and boost immunity.
Kombucha is always made from a sweet tea that’s been fermented by a SCOBY. This SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast), is what makes kombucha unique. After fermenting the sweet tea with the SCOBY in a clean and controlled environment, almost all of the sugar is gone. But rather than leaving behind an alcoholic brew, the bacteria eat the alcohol to leave behind probiotics, amino acids, and healthy vitamins.
All ages can enjoy Booch. It has less sugar than juice or soda, and it’s tasty - even children like it. We’ve heard stories of customers whose ulcers reduced over time after drinking booch, those who said they felt better drinking Booch while on antibiotics to help rebuild the gut, and those who swear that Booch can cure a hangover or reward their body after a tough workout.
If you have a medical condition, speak to your doctor about kombucha, or feel free to reach out to us for medical journal articles.
- It’s delicious and refreshing
- Delicious mixer
- Boosts your immunity
- Improves gut health
- Natural energy booster
- Detoxifies your liver and may treat a hangover
Kombucha's culturing process leaves behind a tasty beverage that contains healthy acids and a wide range of probiotics.
Probiotics are the good bacteria that we need to have a healthy gut. Gut health is linked to mental health, mood, and the immune system. Did you know that - 70% of our immune system lives in our gut!?
Acids are important for the first stage of digestion -- in our stomachs. A healthy digestive fire promotes efficiency and maximal nutrition absorption. Despite its acidic flavor, kombucha can also help treat ulcers by regulating the amount of acid your stomach releases.
To get the health benefits of kombucha you need a live, unpasteurized, brew. Booch is made in small batches, in a controlled, and clean environment. It is not processed in any way after the second fermentation - no pasteurization, no externally added carbonation, preservatives, or flavorings. Besides being made in Kenya, we use 100% locally sourced ingredients and as close to organic as we can find.
When you're thirsty! It is a great substitute for coffee and tea in the morning, beer in the evening, or soft drinks during the day. It is a good alternative to alcohol if you’re looking for something to drink that has a bit of a kick. It’s also a good mixer if you are drinking alcohol as its detoxifying effects will help you get ahead of your hangover!
The first ferment (aerobic, in presence of culture) is where the main health benefits all come from. The second ferment is anaerobic (sealed, no oxygen) and so the fermentation continues but creates carbonation. The carbonation is natural as opposed to most commercial fizzy drinks which have CO2 added. Natural carbonation is softer, and many people prefer it. Carbonation in general is said to extenuate and carry flavors around the mouth and to the nose.
Yes! Safe for kids over 1 year old. Plus, kids love Booch. It quenches their thirst, provides probiotics, helps with digestion, and helps boost their immune system. A healthy gut makes a happy kid!
Kombucha has a lot of fanatical supporters in modern health circles. And while it may be true that kombucha can cure certain ailments, the best way to think about kombucha is as a preventative tonic that will balance your microbiome and digestive system over time. This can lead to improved digestion, better immune system and it can even change your cravings, many people report having less urges for sugar or alcohol. Also, as a detoxifier, it makes a great alternative, mixer, or chaser to alcohol on a big night out to get ahead of tomorrow’s hangover!
For every 1 human cell in our body there are 9 bacteria cells. The majority of the matter we are composed of is a vast ecosystem of bacteria. Most of these bacteria help our bodies function, while “bad bacteria'' can make us sick. One of the problems with our modern world is an over-reliance on antibiotics which effectively kill all bacteria they come into contact with, the good bacteria as well as the bad, and our microbiome, which is essential to our functioning, has to rebuild itself from scratch. Booch supports a healthy ecosystem of good bacteria that fight the bad bacteria on our behalf. Being conscious of your microbiome and taking efforts to support it can be a great approach to life and a preventative approach to disease.
No! But you’re welcome to if you find it too strong. Some people like to mix it with soda water, some with alcohol.
Yes, it does. Refrigeration slows down/stops the fermentation process which will continue at room temperature until all sugar in the liquid is consumed. So it will get more acidic/vinegary and the carbonation will also continue to increase.
Around 2 months if it's refrigerated. If not refrigerated, the fermentation process continues until zero sugars remain. Although it won’t become bad for you, it will just get more vinegary, as it is raw.
Kombucha has a lot of fanatical supporters in modern health circles. And while it may be true that kombucha can cure certain ailments, the best way to think about kombucha is as a preventative tonic that will balance your micro-biome and digestive system over time. This can lead to improved digestion, better immune system and it can even change your cravings, many people report having less urges for sugar or alcohol.
Also, as a detoxifer it makes a great alternative, mixer or chaser to alcohol on a big night out to get ahead of tomorrow’s hangover!
For every 1 human cell in our body there are 9 bacteria cells. The majority of the matter we are composed of is a vast ecosystem of bacteria. Most of this bacteria helps our bodies function, while “bad bacteria” can make us sick. One of the problems with our modern world is an over-reliance on antibiotics which effectively nuke all bacteria they come into contact with, eviscerating our good bacteria as well as the bad, and our micro-biome, which is essential to our functioning, has to rebuild itself from scratch. On the other hand, if we can support a healthy ecosystem of good bacteria those bacteria fight the bad bacteria on our behalf. So being conscious of your micro-biome and taking efforts to support it can be a much approach to life and preventative approach to disease. Also, fermented foods - cheese, yoghurt, wine, chocolate, sauerkraut, kimchee - are delicious!
But you’re welcome to if you find it too strong. Some people like to mix it with soda water, some with alcohol.
Yes it does. Refrigeration slows down / stops the fermentation process which will continue at room temperature until all sugar in the liquid is consumed. So it will get more acidic / vinegary and the carbonation will also continue to increase. Since the seal on these bottles is not super strong they won’t explode but liquid will start to ooze out through the caps. If you buy commercial kombucha (same as commercial beer or soda) the CO2 has been added as a gas and is finite so the pressure won’t increase by leaving it out in the sun, but any naturally fermented product in a sealed container will do this.