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Barefoot Bucha is Now Certified Organic

Barefoot Bucha received our organic certification in February 2014. Our ingredients and process are the same as always, but we have now passed rigorous standards to achieve the "100% Organic" designation. There are only a handful of kombucha companies in the country that are certified organic--and even fewer that are family owned and operated--and we are excited to be leading the pack in this regard! Our kombucha is also vegan, gluten free, and does not contain GMO ingredients. Cheers!

Barefoot Bucha and Bellair Farm

Looking for a great CSA this year? Consider joining Bellair Farm, just south of Charlottesville on Rt 20. In addition to being one of the most abundant CSAs around, Bellair also offers products from other local vendors like Barefoot Bucha (kombucha), Albemarle Baking Company (breads), Caramont (cheese), and Sharondale Farms (mushrooms).

Barefoot Bucha Partners with Ellwood Thompson's

Richmond, VA, USA, February 5, 2013 – Ellwood Thompson’s Local Market and one of Virginia's premier kombucha manufacturers, Barefoot Bucha, have joined forces to bring more consistent, and a greater variety of, local product offerings to their Richmond, Virginia customers.  Providing customers with local (within 100 miles of the store) options has been an integral part of their mission since their beginning in 1989 and partnering with the folks at Barefoot Bucha just furthers that commitment to being the heart and soul of their community through a commitment to local and organic food. 

"We are absolutely thrilled to partner with Barefoot Bucha.  Having a local kombucha partner has been an objective of ours for an extremely long time and we are excited to see it come to fruition. With all of the healing properties of this delicious fermented drink and the amazing flavors available, Chai being my personal favorite, our customers will undoubtedly find one that suits their tastebuds and instantly fall in love with the effervescent drink." - Becky (Lakin) Crump, Marketing Director & Local Forager for Ellwood Thompson's

Kombucha is a naturally carbonated, fermented tea that originated in Eurasia approximately 2,000 years ago. It is considered healthful to the digestive system for its probiotic content, amino acids, and active enzymes, and has become increasingly popular in the United States in the past few years. Barefoot Bucha is an artisanal kombucha that is handcrafted in Nelson County, Virginia and infused with Organic and Fair Trade ingredients.

“Barefoot Bucha is very excited to work with a grocer such as Ellwood Thompson’s that has been committed to bringing Richmond the best in local and organic products for over two decades. They are a natural match for us, and we will provide them with six delicious kombucha flavors on tap. Barefoot Bucha’s motto is ‘big flavor, small footprint.’ Ellwood Thompson’s understands how important our fountain model is to our business philosophy, and they have been very supportive of and excited about our kombucha and the unique no-waste model we use to dispense it.” – Kate Zuckerman, Co-owner and Marketing Director for Barefoot Bucha

Founded in 2010 by husband-and-wife team Ethan and Kate Zuckerman, Barefoot Bucha began by delivering weekly shares of kombucha to a handful of clientele in Charlottesville, Virginia. Ethan is still using the same kombucha culture he began brewing with over a decade ago, working with select ingredients to create refreshing and unique flavors. As the first kombucha company in the Mid-Atlantic to keg their kombucha, Barefoot Bucha is known as a delicious local beverage as well as an industry leader in sustainability.  With their innovative “fountain” model, customers purchase a bottle that they then own and can refill it at any fountain location, thus eliminating the waste normally associated with bottled beverages.




From Real Life with Jennifer Till
April 28, 2012

Barefoot Bucha

“Barefoot Bucha is made in a base of pure mountain water and infused with the finest ingredients available. All ingredients are Certified Organic and are Fair Trade whenever possible. Our brewer is an expert in artisanal kombucha, with over eight years of consistent experience in developing delicious and healthful kombucha.

Barefoot Bucha is a small business that is deeply committed to sustainability. With our returnable bottles and local distribution, we maintain an extremely low carbon footprint.

Barefoot Bucha believes in good health, sustainable business practices, and our ability to positively impact the world through the choices we make every day. We think you’ll appreciate our efforts to bring you the best-tasting and most earth-friendly kombucha around.”


From the C-ville
Issue #23.42 :: 10/18/2011 - 10/24/2011

A taste of culture

kombucha bottlesEthan Zuckerman has a great relationship with his bacteria. Nine years ago, when a roommate in Northern California brought a batch of kombucha home, Zuckerman tried the stuff—basically, fermented, probiotic tea—and quickly took to it. The result that it was having in my body and those around me won me over,” says Zuckerman, a Western Albemarle High School grad who grew up in the area. Before I knew it, I was brewing something very tasty.”

The same bacteria culture in Zuckerman’s tea nearly a decade ago is alive and well in Barefoot Bucha, his business with fiancée Kate Hallahan. “The scoby”—symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast—“that came into my life nine years ago is still the one I use,” said Zuckerman. “It’s amazing, the history that’s there.”

With kombucha, history butts against science. Brewers and fans have praised the tonic for allegedly slowing hair loss, relieving arthritis and controlling weight. Zuckerman makes no such claims, but says that Barefoot Bucha might contain organic and amino acids as well as B vitamins—in differing amounts, depending on the batches.

The fermentation process also generates ethyl alcohol, which led some retailers to pull the beverage from shelves last year once the Food and Drug Administration caught wind.

However, Zuckerman says his brew cleared the necessary hurdles with the FDA and state Department of Agriculture, and can be sold as a raw, probiotic beverage. In September, Barefoot Bucha made its way to taps at Blue Mountain Brewery, and also announced an impending partnership with local snack entrepreneurs Carpe Donut—all while keeping a super-small footprint and relying on regenerative bacteria.