Makers of kombucha tea are finding are growing appetite for the fermented beverage in the Kansas City area.
Tasting rooms and bottling operations are popping up in the metro area, and growing supplies of the beverage can now be found on local grocery store shelves.
Kombucha is a fermented drink made with tea, sugar, bacteria and yeast. It has emerged as a popular alternative to soda and other beverages, and some proponents say it enhances gut health — although there’s little or no scientific evidence to back that up, according to the Mayo Clinic.
For some in the Kansas City area, the beverage represents a growing business opportunity.
Tea-Biotics Kombucha in Lenexa, Kansas, has a 2,000-square-foot taproom and corporate clients including Sporting Kansas City, St. Luke’s Health System, Cerner and Hallmark.
The Brewkery, based in North Kansas City, recently struck a distribution deal that should triple the number of outlets selling its beverages.
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