Here are the most commonly asked questions
What is kombucha?
It is sweetened tea combined with a kombucha culture and fermented until enough sugars are converted to organic acids and reach a state of self-preservation. The bacteria and yeast number in the millions by this time and provide a natural source of probiotics.
Are there any known allergies to kombucha?
Kombucha has been available in Western countries for more than 40 years and is generally consumed by most types of people. As with any food product, there may be some people who are allergic to kombucha or certain components of it and it is best to start with a small amount and/or consult a health professional.
Is Good Buzz Kombucha gluten free?
Our kombucha is approved by the Coeliac Society & is certified as a gluten-free product.
Does Good Buzz contain beneficial bacterium and yeast microbes?
Definitely! We brew with a SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast).
Is kombucha safe to drink if pregnant?
We cannot legally answer this and it is best to talk to your GP or health professional.
How does Good Buzz make its kombucha?
A symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast is put in a sweetened tea brew and the bacteria feed on the sugars converting them into organic acids, which gives kombucha its iconic tang. The ferment is all but halted once it has the perfect balance.
How does Good Buzz select the tea used in the kombucha?
All teas used have been carefully selected based on the taste produced and are all certified organic and Fairtrade.
How long does it take to make a bottle of Good Buzz Kombucha?
It takes a little over two weeks to make a bottle of Good Buzz.
Is Good Buzz Kombucha New Zealand made?
Yes! Our kombucha is brewed at our facility in Tauranga and bottled a kilometre down the road.
Do you add sugar after you ferment the kombucha?
No, we don’t add anything after we ferment - just straight into the bottle or keg!
Does your kombucha contain caffeine?
Yes. Because we use tea that has naturally occurring caffeine it also appears in kombucha. The levels are very low though: 10-28mg per bottle. That is less than half of that found in a cup of tea.
I found something slimy or chewy in my bottle. What is this?
A natural byproduct of active acetic acid bacteria, which is found in kombucha and also vinegar, is cellulose. This is sometimes known as the ‘mother’ or SCOBY (although not technically). It is perfectly harmless and can be consumed or discarded when found. We do our best to avoid its forming in the bottle but we don’t pasteurise so there is always a possibility.
Is Good Buzz Kombucha certified organic?
Yes, we are certified by BioGro NZ.
Is Good Buzz Kombucha paleo?
Yes! Although there is no certification in NZ presently we comply with paleo diet principles. This includes not using non-nutritive or low/no-calorie sweeteners like stevia and erythritol.
Is there any alcohol in Good Buzz Kombucha?
Our kombucha may contain a small amount of alcohol due to the natural fermentation process but no more than 1.15% by volume as required for a soft drink. Our kombucha is tested regularly to ensure compliance. Alex and Rich are our resident non-drinkers (Alex 7 years; Rich 17 years) and having a healthy soft drink is important to them.
Do you use anything artificial or use sweeteners such as stevia or erythritol?
No, we don’t. We choose to make and sell only 100% raw kombucha and do not add anything after we ferment to include juices, sugar, or sweeteners. The consumption of non-nutritive sweeteners is also controversial and there is a lot of good reading available on the topic.
Why is Good Buzz Kombucha sold in an amber coloured bottle?
It is packaged in an amber coloured bottle to preserve the contents but also allows for the bottle to be comfortably held in social settings. When individuals choose a Good Buzz because they are driving, or simply ‘opting out’ they are still getting a true brew.
Is Good Buzz Kombucha vegetarian and vegan?
We are approved by the Vegetarian Society and certified both vegetarian and vegan.
Is Good Buzz Kombucha pasteurised?
No way! Only the raw stuff here!
Is there a recommended daily intake, can you drink too much?
There is not a recommended limit, but some people react differently. Our kombucha is not high in acetic acid (vinegar taste), so it can generally be enjoyed at any time. Try half a cup first and wait if you are unsure. Kombucha will definitely get your digestive system ‘moving’.
Is this product 100% kombucha?
Yes! Surprisingly there are some brands that give the impression they are 100% kombucha but they definitely are not. We do not add anything after we ferment the brew.
Do you add carbonation?
Yes, but it's a team effort. Because we add carbonation at the time of bottling not only does it mean our brew is consistently fizzy but it means we can ferment for longer and get residual sugars as low as possible. We also filter out much of the yeast, which can be responsible for alcohol forming in the bottle.
After about 3 days in the bottle natural carbonation forms as well and can start making the caps hard to open. We recommend wrapping a rubber-band around the cap to assist.
Where can I buy Good Buzz Kombucha?
Health Food shops, whole food markets, supermarkets, cafes, bars and restaurants, gyms and yoga studios, check out our stockist location here.
Where do you ship?
All throughout NZ excluding Stewart and Waiheke Islands.
Should I chill the kombucha when I receive it?
Yes. As the brew continues to ferment we recommend keeping in the fridge so that it doesn’t sour.
How much does shipping cost?
Shipping is free.
Do you ship outside of New Zealand like Australia?
No, not at the moment.
Do you have bulk discounts?
We have discounts on subscriptions but reserve wholesale pricing for our retail customers.
Can you sponsor me?
Perhaps! We look at potential sponsorships on a case-by-case basis and can talk to you about the possibilities.
I’m having an event or fundraiser and would like to include Good Buzz Kombucha. Can you provide drinks?
Most likely! We look at each request individually but we are very supportive of organisations and communities. Please fill in this form.
Can you pay me to be a brand ambassador?
We don’t pay any ambassadors but we love to support with our kombucha and fit you out with merch.
How do I become a stockist?
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and please let us know about your store.
Do you have distribution around all of New Zealand?
Yes, we have a full chilled distribution service.
Can you supply our store with a fridge?
Maybe! If this is a possibility you will be required to carry an entire range of products. Get in touch.
Do you offer bulk discounts?
Definitely! Please get in touch about our current deals.
Can I get samples?
Of course! Just send us an email to email@example.com
Do you have Point of Sale material?
Definitely! We have posters, table talkers, fridge stickers, as well as opportunities to install fridge signage.
Can I get a kegerator (for free)?
Most likely, yes! Contact us for more information.
Can I get some in-store tastings?
Yes, please get in touch to organise.