Kombucha 101: The 'What', 'How' & 'Why' Of Kombucha!

Updated: Feb 7, 2021

It’s now been a few years since the Kombucha craze has made its presence felt in India. Yet, most of us are fairly skeptical about it. One often finds themselves questioning the need for kombucha to fit into their lifestyle.

Well, this is about answering all those questions for you!

Origin of Kombucha

Let’s go back to the roots of Kombucha, where it all began! Mind you, like every other ancient finding, this one has it’s fair share of origin stories too!

Let’s start with Japan!

So, legend has it, in 414 AD, Japan, Dr. Kombu advocated a tea concoction for an ailing Emperor Inyoko. Referred to as ‘Kocha Kinoko’, the Emperor was treated with the ancient beverage and thus received its name ‘Kombu’ and ‘Cha’ , meaning tea!

Several other theories state that it was in fact born in the Qin Dynasty over 2000 years ago!


It is believed Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi was in despair about his death and was on the lookout for a magical potion as a remedy for mortality. That’s when the Emperor discovered Kombucha, which then came to be known as the Tea of Immortality! In case you’re wondering, yes, the emperor indeed remained mortal.

I guess it’s safe to say that kombucha is an ancient Asian elixir.