Kombucha Calling! Here's Where You Can Find This 'Health Elixir' In The City

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    Kombucha, the mother of all hipster drinks, even cooler than matcha latte with coconut milk, has made a much-welcome entry to Delhi. What's basically fermented tea, Kombucha, apparently has a ton of health benefits. And while I'm hopeful I reflect these, it's definitely not the reason I spend five-diet-Cokes worth of rupees on one glass of this drink. What I love is the taste—it's like having really nice, non-alcoholic, spiced sparkling wine. Pour yourself a glass, top it up with ice, and you're good to go.

    Whatever your incentive—health, or just taste—to drink Kombucha, here are seven places that I've tried it in Delhi/NCR, and my feedback on them.

    Krishi Cress

    Krishi Cress

    Available Online

    The go-to brunch spot of the hour, Fig & Maple sources their Kombucha from Krishi Cress (another really cool company you should keep an eye out for). I like their variant the most; it isn't too tart or bitter, actually tastes 'floral', and is the perfect accompaniment to one of their signature egg dishes. Krishi Cress also takes orders through their website. 

    Price: INR 237 upwards

    FabCafe

    Fab Cafe

    Vasant Kunj, Delhi

    A recent discovery, FabCafe's kombucha comes in three iterations; nimbu, raspberry and chia seeds, and a mango one as well. I tried the nimbu one, which I really liked. All of Fab Cafe's food is fabulous, so knock yourself out. They've got 7 outlets but the most popular one right now is the one in Sunder Nursery.

    Atmosphere Kombucha

    Atmosphere is a brand that delivers fresh, bottled kombucha to your home, but you need to order a minimum of four. They're probably the most recognisable Kombucha brand and they come in a bunch of different flavours like blueberry, ginger, raspberry and more.

    Price: INR 880 for 4

    Toyo Kombucha

    Toyo Kombucha

    Available on LBB

    Toyo Kombucha ferment their teas for upto 17 days for their brewed drinks which gives them a much smoother flavour rather than a punchy one, so it's a great pick for an intro to kombucha. Two bottles will set you back INR 190 so it's the more affordable pick as well. 

    Dr Booch Kombucha

    Dr. Booch

    Available on LBB

    Their kombucha comes in travel-friendly bottles which I hope you'll be recycling. They call their drinks the "better fizz" which is fair since they're much better for you than traditional sodas. They come in flavours like pineapple, mango, blueberry and you'll have to get a pack of 8 to try 'em out. 

    Price: INR 999 for a pack of 8

    Infinitea

    Infinitea

    Available on LBB

    Infinitea's a specialty chain of tea rooms and kitchen based out of Bangalore but their kombuchas are available in Delhi as well. Rather than additional flavouring, they focus more on the actual tea they use and they've got options like Darjeeling green tea, oolong tea and black tea.

    Price: INR 250 per bottle

    Pro-Tip

    Are you feeling brave and like you'd wanna give fermenting your own kombucha a shot? Check out awesome tea blends that you'll need to get started. Or better yet, shop for Kombucha from awesome homegrown brands on Shop On LBB and celebrate the art of being lazy. 

    Side note: Did you know that Kombuchas also act as pretty decent mixers? Well yes, but still if this gives you the chills (in a weird way) then check out these killer cocktail mixers to shop for instead.