The Kombucha Mama’s Story
The Chinese have called Kombucha Tea the Elixir of Life, Russians have used it to treat cancer, and our families at Kombucha Mama have been brewing it since 1995.
Founded in February 2009, Michelle Plantenberg and Jamie Danek wanted to afford everyone the opportunity to enjoy Kombucha. They noticed that kombucha on the market was expensive and that most people didn’t enjoy the taste. They also believe in local commerce and see that as the best way to reduce our carbon footprint. So the girls went to work.
They started with one SCOBY and a gallon of tea a week. After a few weeks, it produced two gallons then became four and before they knew it, Michelle’s kitchen and another room were full of tea and SCOBYs.
It was becoming clear that the local demand was quickly outgrowing their ability to offer everyone home delivery (remember the milkman?). Bend’s local restaurants and grocers demonstrated their commitment to local business by forging strong partnerships with the Kombucha Mamas.
Looking back to February 2009, we are still amazed and incredibly grateful for everything that has happened. One gallon a week has turned into thousands of local Kombucha drinkers and dozens of local partners that helped make all this possible.
In 2013 we plan to be offering Kombucha Mama throughout the state of Oregon. We believe in maintaining our commitment to local commerce and plan to help other women locally brew and offer this wonderful Elixir throughout the country.
Cheers to your health!
Jamie and Michelle