Questions about our sustainable model

How can I buy Barefoot Bucha?

We do not sell pre-filled bottles because we are committed to a no waste model of distribution. The kombucha is kegged in re-purposed kegs, and delivered to grocers and restaurants who have it on tap. The kegs come back to us and are re-used. As a kombucha drinker, you can purchase a high quality refillable bottle 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.

You say that Barefoot Bucha drinkers have saved almost 200,000 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 2014, there are over 21,000 bottles in circulation in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. Each bottle has been re-used an average of 9 times. Every time a kombucha drinker fills up at a Barefoot Bucha fountain, he or she is choosing to drink a delicious beverage without generating any waste.

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

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 the kombucha is finished, wash and rinse your bottle out, bring it back to one of our retailers, and fill it with your favorite flavor of kombucha. Most of our retailers also allow the fill of a bottle of your own as long as you know how many ounces it is. Please note that when you buy our kombucha for the first time you will be paying for the bottle and the fill; after the first time you are paying for the fill.

In what other ways is Barefoot Bucha a sustainable business?

Our ingredients are Certified Organic and we try to use fair trade ingredients whenever possible. We compost at the brewery. The paint on our bottles is lead free, which is better for you and for the workers who screenprint them. We screenprint our bottles locally, in Lively, VA. We are committed to a local distribution model and work with a delivery company that delivers a number of products with each delivery run in order to keep our carbon footprint extremely low. We are always looking for 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.

How is kombucha made?

Kombucha is made by fermenting tea and sugar using 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. Our ColdBrewcha flavor is an exception--it contains caffeine because it is flavored with cold brew coffee.

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.

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. Our kombucha contains just 50 calories and 16 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.

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.

Does your kombucha contain alcohol?

Barefoot Bucha is a non-alcoholic beverage. There is a trace amount of alcohol in kombucha from the fermentation process. Because our kombucha contains less than 0.5% alcohol our kombucha is considered to be a non-alcoholic beverage. 


Questions about carrying Barefoot Bucha in your store, bar, or restaurant

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 three 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 dispensing it from that location without using a draft line. If neither of this options works 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.

Can you please just give us bottles of your kombucha? It's the only way we can carry it!

Yes, we could sell our kombucha in more locations if we bottled it--but the additional waste isn't worth it to us. Regular glass bottles are either thrown away or recycled--and recycling glass, while preferable to throwing it away, requires energy consumption.  Because our bottles are 100% reusable, kombucha drinkers can feel good about the choice they are making every time they fill up at a Barefoot Bucha fountain.  And as the first kombucha company in the Mid-Atlantic to develop and implement a fountain system, we feel great about being industry leaders in sustainability!


Additional questions

Do you provide tours or tastings at your brewery?

Not currently.