Kombucha is a fermented tea drink that has a slight fizz to it. Kombucha has been around for over 2000 years and has grown in popularity over recent years due to its reported health benefits, and its popularity shows no signs of stopping.
At first, it was hard to find Kombucha in the UK. Nowadays, it’s everywhere, and comes in many flavours. Kombucha contains probiotics and has a wide range of health benefits, including improved gut health, mental health and is even said to help with IBS symptoms! So it’s no wonder if you want to try it or have been looking for it.
If you want to try out Kombucha for yourself, but aren’t sure where to purchase it within the UK, then don’t worry! I’ve put together this guide for you to make it a lot easier. Carry on reading for more information!
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Best Places to Buy Kombucha in the UK
Kombucha is easily available online, but it can be hard to know which ones are the best ones to purchase for the health benefits. Below, we’ve listed the 3 best places to buy Kombucha drinks.
Hip Pop is a family-run business that brews Kombucha the traditional way, with all organic ingredients. They have a strong focus on ensuring the best quality Kombucha every time and are constantly evolving their recipes.
They currently stock 4 flavours, Strawberry and Pineapple, Blueberry and Ginger, Apple and Elderflower and Ginger and Yuzu.
They offer cases of 12 or 24, of a 6-bottle taster case of mixed flavours if you’re new to Kombucha. They also offer monthly subscriptions to their drinks. All of their Kombucha options are vegan, low in sugar and certified organic. They’re also full of antioxidants, enzymes, Vitamins B and C and organic acids!
Hip Hop doesn’t charge shipping fees to the mainland UK. They ship using Royal Mail and your items should be with you within 3-4 business days. Subscription cancellations can be done at any time too.
- No added sugar
- Certified Organic
- Family business
- Traditional brewing
- Free delivery
- 330ml bottles
- Huge amount of positive customer reviews
- Only 4 flavours
Drift Drinks stock a range of drinks, including Kombucha. They stock 3 different brands of Kombucha, Genie, Fix8 and Nunc. Altogether there are 8 flavours, including:
- Rose Blush
- Dry Apple
- Fiery Ginger
- Strawberry Tulsi
- Citrus Saffron
- Triple Ginger
- Hops Monster
- Sweet Citrus
You can order single cans of Kombucha, or you can order 12 or 16 drink boxes. However, these boxes do not solely contain Kombucha and also contain alcohol-free cocktails and beers.
Deliveries are sent with DPD, which costs £4.95 or is free on orders over £50. They aim to get your drinks delivered to you in 2-4 working days. They cover the mainland UK, including Scotland. However, deliveries to Scotland will be charged a high delivery fee. They don’t currently deliver outside of the UK or to Northern Ireland.
- 3 brands of Kombucha
- 8 different flavours
- Free delivery on orders over £50
- Less than 100 calories per drink
- Some flavours are vegan
- Not organic
- Doesn’t ship outside the mainland UK
Freshly Fermented stocks their own brand of Kombucha as well as Blighty Booch, which is registered with the Vegan Society and Certified Organic. They have around 10 flavours over the 2 brands, including Lavender and Elderflower, Ginger and Organic Cherry.
You can order a single bottle, pack of 6 or 12 with the option to have a single flavour or mix it up.
Freshly Fermented also offers a monthly subscription of Kombucha, where you will receive 8 bottles of Kombucha per month.
They offer a standard delivery charge, but free delivery over £50 if your package weighs less than 20kg. They do ship outside of the mainland UK, so customers in Northern Ireland can shop with them. However, they state on their website that customs charges may apply.
Freshly Fermented also offers next day delivery within the mainland UK if the order is placed before 1 pm.
- 2 brands of Kombucha
- Blighty Booch is vegan and organic
- 10 flavours
- Monthly subscription offer
- Ship to Northern Ireland
- Free delivery on orders over £50
- Customs charges may apply to Northern Ireland
Which Supermarkets UK Have Kombucha?
You can find Kombucha in the aisles of some UK supermarkets or on their online stores. Below, I’ve listed which brands of Kombucha can be found at each supermarket.
- No.1 Living
- Los Bros Living Drinks
- The Gutsy Captain
- Remedy Kombucha
- Los Bros
- REAL Royal Flush
- River Cottage
- Remedy Kombucha
- Captain Kombucha
Unfortunately, Aldi, Lidl and Iceland do not stock Kombucha.
Where Can I Buy Kombucha Starters or Kits in the UK?
It’s possible to brew your own Kombucha at home if you have the right ingredients and tools. Luckily, these can be bought online and delivered to your door quickly.
The online store mentioned as a place to buy Kombucha, also offers Kombucha-making tools and Kombucha scobys (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast). Each scoby has its own unique flavour and all but one is completely organic.
Although marketed as a Kefir maker, this tool can be used to create your own Kombucha easily. It is available in 2 sizes, 848ml and 1.4l. It features a 2-level strainer, is made of glass and BPA-free plastic, meaning it can be washed in the dishwasher.
It also features secure cover screws within the container lid, which enables airflow.
Amazon UK has a wide range of Kombucha-making kits and scobys available to buy. This Kerfiko Complete Kombucha Making Kit comes with everything you need to brew your own Kombucha, the only thing you need to buy separately is the tea and sugar. It contains a 1.4l jar which is made of glass and BPA-free plastic.
Etsy stocks a range of different Kombucha starter kits with all the tools you need to make your own. This particular kit by BooChiKombucha has many positive reviews from satisfied customers, stating that this kit took all the guesswork out and makes perfect Kombucha.
The kit itself was actually featured on The One Show on BBC in January 2020 and has been labelled as “the best organic kombucha kit on the market”.
It comes with everything you could possibly need, including all the tools, certified organic tea, certified organic sugar, an organically grown scoby, organic starter liquid and instructions to follow. All you need to do is add water! The seller also offers free delivery to the UK.
After reading this article, I hope you’ve found everything you need to know about buying Kombucha or Kombucha starter kits and scobys. It’s clear to see that it is no longer just stocked in expensive health stores and is readily available to anyone! Good luck on your Kombucha journey, and enjoy all the health benefits it brings!