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Aug 7, 2006 04:44 PM

Kombucha Cultures--where to buy?

Does anyone know where I can buy a culture in the city? I've only found online retailers.

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  1. I believe Whole Foods (in Union Sq) has a bottled version/drink product. Is this what you are looking for?

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    1. re: jessica

      No, I've been going broke buying the stuff. I've read that it's really easy to make. I'm looking to get a 'mushroom' to start brewing my own.

    2. i thought fresh kombucha bloom was semi-illegal, at least to sell?

      back in ohio certain hippie coffee shops made it fresh and served it as iced tea sort of under the table, so i would drink it all the time.

      sure it is supposed to be healthy, but oh boy i miss that nice taste.

      i have also seen and tried the bottled kombucha/tea mix versions. fyi they are also available at the abington square deli on the corner of bleecker & hudson. good, but not the same as fresh!

      1. This might be the way to go if you want to save some money and still reap the benefits:

        Yogi Tea is stocked by a lot of health food stores in NYC.

        1. I thought kambucha was looked back at as a craze, like pyramid schemes and hula-hoops. I'll admit I devoted a lot of time in '95 between big storage bottles wherein Kombuchas with names like Bob, Drift or Float 2 lived and propagated. I went from hating the taste to appreciating it, though it may've had to do with all the sugar I had to add to make it potable. I thought the stuff was debunked. Neither myself nor my GF ever felt any benefit from the stuff, but we liked the sense of parenting one had with the little critters and their offspring.

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          1. re: sing me a bar

            i actually like the taste and the fizz. i'm skeptical of all the health benefits. but i need my fizz and it's healthier than beer and cheaper than pellegrino.

          2. Step 1: Get growing directions online. If you are unable to do so, email me and i will send you really good directions (

            Step 2: Go to the health food store and get an already bottled RAW ORGANIC kombucha. It will work just fine, you do not need to spend extra money ordering a culture.

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            1. re: Joey Curtis

              thanks Joey, i tried it and it seems to be working.