Kombucha originally comes from China in 221 BC during the Tsin Dynasty. Kombucha was known as "The Tea of Immortality"
Kombucha is a fermented sweetened black, green or white tea used to drink for their supposed health benefits and refreshing taste. Kombucha is produced by fermenting tea using a "symbiotic 'colony' of bacteria and yeast" (SCOBY). SCOBY cultures do vary, but the yeast component generally includes Saccharomyces and other species, and the bacterial component usually includes Gluconacetobacter xylinus to oxidize yeast-produced alcohols to acetic and other acids.
My Kombucha Experience
My first time drinking a kombucha was in 2012. The lady working at the health food store that I visited several times a week for fresh juices suggested one day that I try a kombucha. I did and I had about 2 sips and I could not take another. It tasted to me like sour champagne. Not being a champagne drinker, I did not care for it. About a year later, I accidentally bought another one at the grocery store forgetting that I already tried one. Same thing again, two sips and I put it down. Those that already drink kombucha know that the older it gets, the more vinegar & tart the flavor becomes. That was the case both times for me. Not the best for beginners. Then one day my brother told me he was having a friend come over to teach him how to brew kombucha. Luckily, I still did not remember the name of what I tried previously because I probably would have skipped the lesson. I showed up and was given a sample of blueberry flavored home brew. As soon as I sipped it, the flavor was familiar, but this time I was attracted to it. It did have a tart and vinegar kick but much more pleasant this time. I went through the lessons and by the next morning, I was already craving it. I knew I had at least two weeks before my homebrew was ready, so everyday I went to the store and bought 4-5 just to get me through. Once I got going, I just kept brewing, drinking it several times a day, bringing it to work for my co workers to drink and offering it to everyone I was around when I had some with me. Kombucha can definitely be an acquired taste, so if you already gave up from your first taste, do yourself a favor and continue trying it. One day you may love it.
There have been several health claims of Kombucha benefits. I am not a doctor, so I am not smart enough or legally allowed to make any of these claims, so I suggest you do as much research on your own as possible and talk to other kombucha drinkers. What I can say is that I have never met a daily kombucha drinker that does not have something positive to say. Many say this, many say that!