Kombucha has been used for centuries in China, Eastern Europe, Russia and Japan. In China they called it “The Tea of Immortality.” Nobody knows for sure where kombucha originates, but one thing is for sure, it has been around for centuries, and possibly millennia.
It has been said that kombucha got its name from a Korean native, Dr. Kombu, who brought it to the Japanese Emperor Inyoko in 414 AD. The warriors carried it and it gave them energy in battle.
Kombucha later was brought to Europe via the Silk Road trading route. Kombucha was popular in Russia and Europe until World War II, when it was hard to find the ingredients to make it. The Swiss confirmed the benefit of drinking kombucha in the 1960’s which gave it a boost in popularity.
In 1995 kombucha made it to the states commercially. Since then, the demand for kombucha has grown in the industry, increasing mainstream availability as well as home brewing.