Healthy foodies have all heard the claims of kombucha before: “It’s so good for your gut!” “It can help you lose weight!” And our favorite, “It’s an anti-aging miracle!” Some have even gone so far as to say that it’s a cure for HIV and cancer. Maybe these claims have inspired you to pick up a bottle at your local supermarket. Or maybe, like us, you’re a bit skeptical. “When a product is said to cure everything, it seldom actually cures anything. There are no studies on humans that show kombucha promotes good health,” says Kelly Choi, author of The 7-Day Flat-Belly Tea Cleanse.
While the health benefits remain up for debate, there’s no denying the drink’s popularity. In 2014, over $529 million bottles of kombucha were sold—a major jump from the $128 million exchanged for the stuff in 2009. That said, it’s easy to see why Revive, a California-based craft kombucha brewery, wanted to get in on the action by taking the drink to a whole new level. The company has created a drink, aptly named “Up Beat,” that capitalizes on the popularity of kombucha by combining it with another sippable obsession: cold brew coffee. Since cold brew is packed with antioxidants and is less acidic than regular coffee, it also carries a long list of health claims, ranging from improved health to fat loss. However, like Kombucha, the science on cold brew is slow to catch up.
While the nutrition facts may be a bit fuzzy (or, should we say, fizzy), one thing’s for sure: Revive’s Up Beat Kombucha is far more palatable than most other Kombucha products on the market. (Which all taste a bit like apple cider vinegar gone bad.) The cold brew adds a creamy texture and a sweet, roasted flavor that counteracts kombucha’s traditional bitter flavor. Plus, the hybrid drink provides a major energy buzz from the added java. Maybe sipping the fermented tea will add five years to your life, or maybe it won’t, but one thing’s for sure: this cold brew variety goes down far easier than the traditional kind. The improved taste and energy boost provides an actual reason to hop on the kombucha trend. To try this new bubbly beverage blend, head to your nearest Whole Foods or click here to order it online.
**In rare cases, unpasteurized kombucha drinks have been linked to bacterial infections, allergic reactions, and liver damage. For that reason, women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should take caution when it comes to consuming kombucha. The same suggestion holds true for those with weakened immune systems.