Questions about our sustainable model

How can I buy Barefoot Bucha?

As a conscious kombucha drinker, you can bring in your own bottles or purchase one of our high quality refillable bottles to fill with any of our delicious flavors at various locations. This is similar to using your own bags to carry groceries or your own containers to fill up on bulk items. So both the way we deliver the kombucha and the way you buy it generates no waste.

I have seen prefilled bottles of your kombucha. Are they throw aways?

No, these are refillable as well. We have released a limited quantity of prefilled bottles at select stores that have our fountain system. This now makes it even more convenient to get Barefoot Bucha, but the bottles are still refillable.

You say that Barefoot Bucha drinkers have saved over 350,000 bottles. How?

Since 2010, kombucha drinkers have been using our refillable bottles to fill up on their favorite flavors of Barefoot Bucha. As of November 2015, reusing our bottles rather than recycling or throwing them away has saved more than 350,000 bottles. There are currently over 25,000 bottles in circulation in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. Every time you fill up at a Barefoot Bucha fountain, you're choosing to drink a delicious beverage without generating any waste.

Why is refillable so important? Can’t I just recycle my glass bottles?

Reusing is always more earth friendly. Recycling glass, while preferable to throwing it away, requires energy consumption. Also, some cities and counties, such as Nelson County, VA. where our brewery is located, do not offer glass recycling.

How does your fountain model work?

Once you've enjoyed your kombucha, rinse and wash your bottle, bring it back to one of our fountains, and fill it with your favorite flavor of kombucha. Most of our retailers also allow you to fill a bottle of your own as long as you know how many ounces are in it. 

In what other ways is Barefoot Bucha a sustainable business?

Our kegs are repurposed Coca Cola kegs that we refurbish and put back into circulation. We compost our brewery waste and use it to grow our gardens. We screenprint our bottles locally, and the paint on our bottles is lead free, which is better for you and for the workers who screenprint them. We are committed to a local distribution model and work with a local delivery company that delivers a number of products with each delivery run in order to keep our carbon footprint extremely low. We're always looking for more ways to reduce our impact.


Questions about Kombucha

What is kombucha?  

Kombucha is a naturally carbonated, fermented tea that originated in Eurasia over two thousand years ago. It is high in probiotics, which are considered healthful to the digestive system. It also contains active enzymes, amino acids, and B vitamins.

How is kombucha made?

Kombucha is made by fermenting tea and sugar using a mother culture, also known as a Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast (aka SCOBY). For in depth information on kombucha making, please check our Facebook page for Ethan’s workshop schedule.

Is there caffeine in kombucha?

During the fermentation process the culture assimilates some of the caffeine, leaving a small amount in kombucha. Most caffeine sensitive people are not able to detect any effects.

Is kombucha alcoholic?

Barefoot Bucha is not an alcoholic beverage. Alcohol beverages are defined as containing .5% alcohol or more. Our kombucha is tested regularly at a TTB-certified facility, and consistently contains less than .01% alcohol. Our proprietary process guarantees that our alcohol stays low without cutting any corners that would compromise quality, potency, or taste.

Why drink kombucha?

When brewed with love, knowledge, and quality ingredients, kombucha tastes good! As a fermented tea, kombucha also contains probiotics, amino acids, and active enzymes.

What are probiotics?

The literal meaning of the term probiotic is “for life”. Probiotics are live organisms that are believed to improve your health by maintaining a strong immune system and improving digestion and intestinal function. Probiotics are naturally part of the digestive flora that line our intestines, and they help assimilate the food we eat. Lifestyle factors such as diet, stress, and certain medications such as antibiotics can deplete these naturally occurring organisms.

What is a SCOBY?

SCOBY is an acronym for Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast. Sometimes called a mother culture or mushroom, a SCOBY is not technically a fungus, but rather is composed of bacteria (probiotics) and yeast that work together to ferment tea and create Kombucha.  

Can kombucha go bad?

Yes.  Like most raw foods, especially those that require refrigeration, kombucha can “go bad” if it is left too long in a warm environment. If you suspect that your kombucha has been exposed to higher temperatures, do not drink it.

Questions about drinking Barefoot Bucha

Is Barefoot Bucha Organic?

Yes!! We have passed a rigorous process to be considered "100% Organic" by the USDA. We take the greatest care to bring you a kombucha that is clean and healthful for you, the people who harvest our ingredients, and the environment. Our kombucha is also vegan, gluten free, and non-GMO.

Is Barefoot Bucha Raw?

Yes, it is unpasteurized. When kombucha is pasteurized (or heat treated), it loses its probiotic content.

Is there a recommended daily intake for kombucha?

There is no recommended intake for kombucha. Some people prefer to drink the bottle in several portions, while others drink the whole bottle at once. As with anything you drink or eat, be conscious of how your body feels afterwards and adjust accordingly.

What is the shelf life of your kombucha?

Our kombucha has been shelf life tested to 90 days. It is a raw beverage that must be kept refrigerated. Note that like any carbonated liquid, each time the bottle is opened you will lose effervescence. The taste may also be effected. This doesn't mean that the kombucha has "gone bad."

I just bought a bottle and the kombucha looks thicker. Is something wrong?

At the very beginning or very end of some of our keg flavors, the flavor infusion may be thicker. This is most noticeable in the Ginger or Black Raspberry flavors. Many people like the higher concentration of flavor, but if you are not one of them please let the place where you purchased it know.

How many calories and how much sugar is in your kombucha?

Kombucha is brewed using sugar, and the resulting beverage will always have some sugar in it, but our kombucha is remarkably low in both calories and sugar. Our classic (unflavored) kombucha contains just 10 calories and 3 grams of sugar per 12 ounce bottle. By comparison, the same amount of orange juice contains 28 grams of sugar and 150 calories; the same amount of soda contains 40 grams of sugar and 140 calories. More specific information for each flavor can be found on our flavors page.

Where can I find the nutritional facts information for Barefoot Bucha?

The Nutritional Facts label for our Original flavor is located on the Flavors page of this website. Calorie and sugar content for other flavors can be also be found on that webpage under the corresponding flavor.



Questions about carrying Barefoot Bucha

What kind of equipment do I need to carry Barefoot Bucha in my store?

Barefoot Bucha is dispensed from a refrigerated fountain system. Each attractive, stainless steel fountain holds up to four flavors, and depending on how much kombucha your clientele drinks you may want one or two fountains. In many cases, we will provide you with the fountain. Contact us to find out more.

How do I carry Barefoot Bucha in my bar or restaurant?

The most straightforward way to offer Barefoot Bucha in your bar or restaurant is to put in on tap using draft line(s). You can also store the keg in an under-counter fridge and dispense it from that location without using a draft line. If neither of these options work for you but you want to carry Barefoot Bucha, get in touch with us and we'll talk through some other options to find the best match for you.


Additional questions

Do you provide tours or tastings at your brewery?

Not currently.