Kombucha is the drink equivalent of Marmite: people tend to either love it or hate it. We're definitely team love and can't get enough of this refreshing fizzy beverage. Produced from a sweetened tea fermented with a SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast), kombucha is a functional ancient Chinese drink that naturally contains a variety of gut-boosting vitamins, minerals, amino acids and enzymes. Once banded in the same mystifying food bracket as activated charcoal and nutritional yeast, kombucha is now widely available in stores and one of our favourite brands to emerge over the past couple of years is Kombucha Kat.
Brewed slowly in small batches from their Oxford HQ, Kombucha Kat launched late last year and is currently available in three delicious flavours. Since clapping eyes on the original flavour in Selfridges earlier this year, we've been a little bit obsessed with this wonder drink and couldn't wait to chat to founder Sam Martingell about his morning routine and Wake Up Well™ rituals.
"I launched Kombucha Kat in December 2016 to fulfil a personal ambition: to make something good. Years of living in London had left me stressed, depressed and ultimately unwell. My search for a cure somehow led me to the fascinating world of gut health and the microbiome. I began making my own fermented foods like kefir, kimchi, sauerkraut and eventually kombucha. The rest is recent history.
The first thing I do in the morning is the five Tibetan Rites – a basic form of yoga reported to be more than 2500 years old. Either that or emails. Breakfast is usually oat mylk and a mix of cereals. Right now I’m on Beetroot & Pistachio Qnola (obvs) with cornflakes plus sliced banana. Oh and hot chicory root to drink – full of prebiotic fibre! If I’m feeling productive enough the night before I’ll make chia seeds with oat mylk and white mulberries and have organic coconut mylk kefir to drink. My five most essential breakfast items are: oat mylk, banana, granola, chicory root and Radio 4.
I wake up well by sleeping well. I do this by working hard. Drinking lots of water before bed forces you to get up early! It also makes you less tired in the morning. The latest I’ve ever woken up is when I don’t go to bed at all because I’m pretending to be 23 again. Does that count?
My ideal morning, with no plans at all? Get up after midday. Alice Coltrane cranked up to 6. Go to Paris for croissants, then Melbourne for coffee. Front page of the paper says that the Greens won a shock landslide and Caroline Lucas is PM. Then back to London (teleporting as per Caroline’s new no airplane regulation) to watch West Ham thrash Spurs at home after re-signing Paolo Di Canio who scores the winner then pushes the ref over in celebration."