Clever Kombucha

120 Carstairs Street,


History - I started to hear about Kombucha around 2010 when travelling around America with work. It was in every hip part of town of every city i went to and since then i have started to see it pop uk all over the UK and in particular in my home city of Glasgow under the guise of The Clever Kombucha Company. The company was started 2 years ago in Glasgow’s East End by husband and wife team Kelsey and Alan Moore. Kelsey is originally from Canada and has always been a lover of Komcucha and after struggling to find any good quality brands in Scotland decided that she may as well just start brewing her own while husband Alan would take care of the business side of things. The business went from strength to strength quickly picking up business from bars and cafes want-ing to try their brand and its benefits. From fermenting their first batches in a couple of oak barrels in a small room they moved to other premises to supply the demand and this month will again see them move to a bigger warehouse to scale up production along with hiring a new head brewer, Fraser Barrett to help grown the business and innovate the brand further.

The Product – Kombucha’s popularity has been driven by its natural health benefits which include a source of probiotics, antioxidants as well as being delicious. Like most brands Clever Kombucha is created by combining organic tea, organic cane sugar and a SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast). A SCOBY is the living home for the good bacteria and yeast that transform sweet tea into tangy, naturally fizzy kombucha. They also have sustainability at the front of their mind in all they do, like the organic hand rolled whole leaf Assam tea produced by a co-operative of 6 small scale tea growers in India. They harvest the finest Assam tea and in turn are paid fairly helping to bring sustainability to their rural community. As well as their original Kumbucha flavour they also offer a Ginger, Lime Sea Salt and Lemon Lavender. I urge you to seek out Clever Kombucha and give it it a try, even if its just so you can be the coolest kid at the coffee shop.

Interesting fact- You may think this is some new fad but you'd be wrong by a couple of thousand years. It is thought to have originated in China where it has been consumed there for at least two thousand years. The first recorded use of kombucha comes from China in 221 BC during the Tsin Dynasty, where it was known as "The Tea of Immortality”. It's name actually originated when it came to Japan in 415 AD when a Korean physician called Kombu or Kambu treated the Emperor Inyko with the tea and it took his name, "Kombu" and "cha" meaning tea.