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Where to find kombucha in Taipei

Updated: 7 days ago

Legend has it that kombucha was accidentally discovered by a monk from the Qing dynasty who inadvertently left his tea and sugar unattended for several days. When he retrieved his forgotten drink, he discovered that the tea had fermented, creating a new, bubbly beverage packed with probiotics and a myriad of health benefits including gut health, liver function, and even weight loss management.

But despite kombucha’s legendary origins, the naturally-carbonated drink is hard to find throughout Asia, with only a handful of kombucha brewers leading the way towards this healthy option in the modern city of Taipei. Read on to learn about the kombucha breweries in Taipei (message me if I’ve missed any!) and to learn where you can purchase the drink directly.


Yu Fermentory (腴釀康普茶)


Previously a craft beer brewer and certified beer judge by the BJCP, Jiun-wei and his wife, Penny, were first introduced to kombucha at a vegan restaurant in Taipei. Once they discovered the health benefits of this fizzy drink, they switched from brewing beer to brewing kombucha, starting Yu Fermentory just outside of Taipei in Taoyuan.


Health advocates and vegans themselves, they strive to introduce kombucha to the Taiwanese public while supporting local farmers and concocting healthy - and delicious - flavors. With organic tea bought directly from Taiwanese farmers, they add ingredients like local roselle, which is high in antioxidants. Their “Orange Peel X Lemon Verbena” flavor is good for digestion. And their Bilberry blend helps improve vision. All of their blends are low-calorie and low-sugar.


Yu Fermentory’s microbrewery takes extra care to handcraft small batches of delicate-flavored blends by hand. To them, “all good things take time.” Check out the list below to find where you can buy Yu Fermentory’s healthy, hand-crafted kombucha:


Taipei:

Ooh Cha Cha -Guting

No. 207, Section 2, Nanchang Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, 100

Ooh Cha Cha -Technology Building

No. 4-1, Lane 118, Section 2, Heping East Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, 106

Beer Rush Taproom

No. 25, Lane 260, Guangfu South Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, 106

NUKI Coffee (coming soon)

No. 5-1, Kinmen St, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, 100

Taoyuan:

揪吧 BEer With Me

No. 529, Tong'an Street, Taoyuan District, Taoyuan City, 330

四非書房 - Show How

No. 155, Longji 2nd Street, Zhongli District, Taoyuan City, 320

Hsinchu:

江山藝改所 Jiang Shan Yi Gai Suo (coming soon)

No. 1, Xingda Street, East District, Hsinchu City, 300

Taichung:

唯有纖 NutriMeal 健康餐盒 (coming soon)

No. 15, Shuren Road, Wufeng District, Taichung City, 413

Tainan:

Beer in Vogue 潮玩啤精釀啤酒專賣店

No. 13, Yunong Road, East District, Tainan City, 701

Penghu:

Beacon說酒人

No. 15-3, Linhai Road, Magong City, Penghu County, 880

Yu Fermentory’s Online Shop:

https://yufermentory.shoplineapp.com/

Earthling Superfoods & Kombucha Tap

Michael and Samantha, the founders of Earthling Superfoods & Kombucha Tap, are not just restaurant owners; they are health professionals from the States and Taiwan who have done their research. Samantha holds a Ph.D in Medical Science while Michael is a GI recovery patient. They are extremely passionate about teaching their community how to eat clean and are a pleasure to learn from and talk to. 


They offer kombucha making classes in Taipei where they teach students about the gut and overall health. Their shop sells organic kombucha, homemade granola, almond butter, almond milk, sourdough bread, and even a kombucha DIY kit.



Check out Google Maps for the store location and hours.


Entrance of Earthling Superfood and Kombucha Tap

Kai Kombucha (開-康普茶)


Kai Kombucha owners Ross and Cindy are also health advocates who practice what they preach. They drink their own fizzy probiotic daily, sell their product to IBS customers weekly, and have even introduced and converted diabetic relatives to this healthy beverage.



The husband-and-wife team started their kombucha brewery with big dreams of one day seeing kombucha as prevalent as coffee. With a biology degree, Ross has perfected the Kai Kombucha formula, and together the couple has created exotic flavors unique to Taiwan, such as Ginger Maqaw (Mountain Pepper) and Mango Passionfruit. When compared to other kombucha brewers, Kai Kombucha's products have a lighter taste and are less sour, making them suitable to those who are new to the fermented beverage.


Kai Kombucha's beverages feature Taiwanese honey black tea, (蜜香紅茶) which is derived from a native species of tea plants grown on the island. Their kombucha contains a low amount of organic sugar and all-natural ingredients. Ross and Cindy support local Taiwanese farmers whenever they can and collaborate with farms from Taoyuan in Northern Taiwan all the way to Pingtung in Southern Taiwan.


"Kai" (開) is the Chinese word for "happy." The light-hearted couple hopes to bring joy to everyone who drinks their kombucha. Their products are featured on tap and in bottles at Taipei's hottest bars and healthy restaurants below:


URBN culture

No. 252, Section 2, Keelung Rd, Da’an District, Taipei City, 106


BaganHood 蔬食餐酒館

No. 11號, Alley 46, Lane 553, Section 4, Zhongxiao East Road, Xinyi District, Taipei City, 110


TAMED FOX

No. 56, Lane 122, Section 4, Ren'ai Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, 106


TAMED FOX XINYI

B1, No. 91號, Songren Road, Xinyi District, Taipei City, 110


Island 1 Kitchen 一號島廚房

No. 10號, Lane 102, Section 1, Anhe Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, 106


NoMad Om Factory 諾瑪瑜珈

No. 9, Lane 43, Section 1, Xinhai Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, 100


Beer Rush Taproom

No. 25號, Lane 260, Guangfu South Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, 106


harbor market

No. 2號, Alley 1, Lane 504, Chongyang Road, Nangang District, Taipei City, 115


Belly Craft Beer Bar (北裡) 品酒區

106, Taipei City, Da’an District, Section 1, Da'an Road, 22號B1

 

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