04 Aug Tampa Bay Times – St. Petersburg’s Mother Kombucha enters Publix and Winn-Dixie as kombucha drinks go mainstream
ST. PETERSBURG — Mother Kombucha’s first brews were blended together inside a tiny commissary kitchen shared with Saturday morning market regulars.
“It was probably smaller than this room,” said Joshua Rumschlag, as he surveyed the size of a quaint meeting space within his company’s new brewery and office in north St. Pete.
Glass clanked across the hallway as workers clad in hair nets steadily packaged Mother Kombucha bottles flush with fermented tea.
Kombucha (pronounced kôm-boo-cha) is not new, but for centuries it was only brewed at home. In the 1990s, a U.S. company began to package and distribute it for the first time. And recently? The tart, probiotic hippie drink has gone mainstream.