Where To Buy Unflavored Kombucha

You can make your own homemade kombucha SCOBY from scratch, but you’ll need raw, unflavored kombucha to start. Here’s where to buy unflavored kombucha!

This may be the question I get most often – “Where can I find unflavored kombucha?!”

When I first began making kombucha, unflavored kombucha was easy to come by in any grocery store that carried kombucha. But things are changing and our favorite brands have been pulling the unflavored bottles from the shelves. Which leaves us with the question…how can I start my kombucha now?

Why you need unflavored kombucha

For the uninitiated, you can grow your own SCOBY from scratch with just a bottle of unflavored, raw kombucha. No fancy kits. No buying a SCOBY online. Just kombucha, tea, and sugar.

The unflavored kombucha (or “starter” kombucha) kicks off the reaction, producing a SCOBY over a couple weeks. But there are two things your starter kombucha needs to be:

  • Unflavored: Store bought kombucha that has flavor is often watered down by juice, making it less potent. Ensure your starter kombucha is unflavored (or at the very least, minimally flavored).
  • Raw: Kombucha should not be pasteurized and should contain live cultures (bonus points if it has gunky floaties in it, which help kickstart fermentation). Any kombucha that is sold at room temperature (i.e. shelf stable) is probably not raw.
Pouring starter kombucha into jar

Where to buy unflavored kombucha

Grocery Stores: Many organic or health food grocery stores – like Whole Foods and Sprouts – carry unflavored kombucha. My favorite brand of unflavored is GT’s Organic Original.

Facebook Groups: There are many Facebook groups filled with avid home brewers. Many groups don’t allow the selling of SCOBYs/starter, and will only charge you for postage. Our Kickass Kombucha Brewers group is filled with generous brewers from around the world, or find a local group specific to your area.

Craigslist: Craigslist (and similar local buy/sell websites) are filled with brewers selling SCOBYs and starter, usually for pretty cheap.

Friends: Have a friend who brews kombucha? They may have extra starter (or even a SCOBY hotel filled with potent starter)!

Amazon: If all else fails, Amazon has a variety of things from SCOBYs to starter kits that can get you up and running.

13 thoughts on “Where To Buy Unflavored Kombucha”

  1. I have just discovered brilliant Kombucha.
    But its 18 months old, and does not float to the top of the jar any more.
    It has also stopped making new baby scoby, so I wondered if it is at the end of its life…….unable to find Kombucha raw tea, or reliable scoby to buy, as I was Given my first one.

    • After 18 months of no attention it probably is indeed dead. It needs a constant supply of tea and sugar to “eat”, otherwise the bacteria and yeast dies off. Check some of the links in this post (especially the FB groups!) where you may be able to get new starter.

  2. What kind of east is used to ferment the first Kombucha tea. Is it any east or specific east? I am from Mozambique and cannot get easily the starter or SCOBY.

    • It is naturally occurring yeast that’s in kombucha. Some online sellers have dried SCOBYs that you might try!

  3. I love this website!! It has everything anyone will ever need and the video’s and explanations make everything simple and are easy to follow.
    This is my kombucha home now.
    Thank you for giving us all everything we’ll ever need.
    Many blessings

  4. My husband’s SCOBY died and I want to surprise him with a new one. Are SCOBYs more like commercial yeast — interchangeable with no real difference among them — or like wild yeast — each with its own unique flavor and characteristics? If the latter, what do I look for to ensure I am getting a good quality SCOBY? Thanks.


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