What Is Jun Kombucha Tea?
Jun Kombucha Tea is like Kombucha’s classier cousin. Often referred to as the “Champagne of Kombucha,” Jun has a crisper, brighter flavor than that of traditional kombucha. It is brewed with green tea and honey rather than black tea and cane sugar, resulting in a delicate and delicious brew.
There is an abundance of conflicting opinions surrounding Jun tea. Some argue that there is only one Kombucha culture that is used for both drinks. Meanwhile, most insist that the Jun culture is a different makeup of bacteria and yeasts that survive better on the nutrients in green tea and the sugars in honey, given that honey brings its own population of microbes to the table. Honey has its own microbial population, which is the specific reason why it is not used with the traditional Kombucha SCOBY. The microbes would compete with one another and could harm the SCOBY culture.
Tibet is said to be the hometown of Jun tea. There it is held as a sacred elixir, where heirloom cultures are esteemed and lend themselves to experiences of enlightenment and energy cleansing. From there, cultures have said to have been “stolen.” Much of Jun’s history is hear-say with little certainty of what to believe.
One thing is for sure; Jun Kombucha tastes fantastic. If you are one that took a while to warm up to traditional Kombucha, Jun should pretty easily win you over. The flavor is much more subtle and doesn’t get that vinegary tinge as easily. Even when Jun does get vinegary (if you’ve left it over-ferment), it is not as offensive as some find over fermented black tea kombucha to be.