We strive to be on the cutting edge of health food. With that comes research, watching national trends, new products, ingredient comebacks, and innovations. Kombucha's popularity continues to grow and is already projected to be trendy in 2018.
A fairly new innovation over the past two years that has grown at a remarkable rate is Nitro Coffee. Using nitrogen to pull cold-brew coffee out of kegs creates a smoother, creamier, cold coffee. Wanting to offer coffee aficionados, trend watchers, and those looking for something with an amazing texture and flavor, we launched Nitro Coffee on tap this year.
Our kombucha partner, Mobtown Fermentation in Baltimore, MD, has come up with an innovation of their own recently. (Several, actually.) We are thrilled to be one of the first to offer their new Tart Cherry Ginger on tap and make this flavor our official launch of Nitro Kombucha on Tap!
Taking the popularity of both nitro and kombucha, The Healthy Grocer is now one of the first to offer Nitro Kombucha on tap. The world of kombucha just got better.
After the initial fizz of nitrogen, the kombucha settles down and has a less carbonated texture and a lighter, crisp flavor. Not mainstream yet, we are sure this is more than just a trend for foodies and kombucha lovers and will spread rapidly in 2018.
Kombucha is part of a growing fermented foods and drinks trend in the U.S. It's no wonder why with its host of health benefits. A fermented drink, Kombucha is made from sugar and tea (oolong, green, black or white). During the fermentation process, a Scoby is created. The jelly-like mass is a symbiotic culture of yeast and bacteria that protects kombucha from bad bacteria. Sound familiar? Our own microbiome is comprised of good bacteria in our gut that supports our wellbeing and protects our body from bad bacteria.
This bubbly beverage is packed with B vitamins, antioxidants, Vitamin C, enzymes, amino acids and polyphenols. It is also packed with probiotics (those microscopic good-bacteria-warriors supporting our immune health and digestive tract). Whether people turn to kombucha for its detoxifying, energizing or immune supportive properties, its unique taste is sure to keep you coming back for more.
This month, we are offering Ginger Grapefruit, Elderberry, and Tart Cherry Ginger. Aside from the health benefits of kombucha itself, the flavors being offered also have their own therapeutic properties. Ginger supports digestive health. Elderberry supports the immune system. Tart Cherry supports healthy inflammatory response.
Kombucha has been brewed and consumed for over two millennia. No matter what fruit is added or how bubbly you like your brew, kombucha seems to be a powerful ally in good health.