I am a great fan of taking bottled tea with me wherever I go, and the other day I was in Whole Foods loading up on Tazo, Tea’s Tea, and Honest Tea. Next to these I saw something called Kombucha. Hmm, I guess it’s a Japanese tea variety because it ends in -cha. I thought of bancha, genmaicha, kukicha. Sounded good.
Then, sitting at my desk, I started to read the label. First it said Kombucha is a cultured tea product and claimed various health benefits from it. Then it said there may appear “threads” of bacteria in the drink. I looked closely inside the bottle. There they were. Drifting scum. Eeeewwww. I opened it and it fizzed. The aroma was sour, yeasty, like something was left out and spoiled. Hey, I’m all for health food, but aesthetically this stuff was just wrong.
So yeah, tell me about bacteria in tea. <shudder>