Where to Buy Kefir and Kombucha on the Go
Have you heard about kefir and kombucha but don’t have the time or desire to make it yourself? Fortunately there are a few places you can pick up a bottle or order online and have it delivered to your door.
Kombucha is a natural probiotic fermented drink made of black, green or herbal tea, sugar and a culture of bacteria and yeast. You can purchase unpasteurized or pasteurized drinks at several locations throughout Hong Kong.
Kefir is a fermented drink made with water, coconut water, almond milk or a variety of other milks, sugar and grains. The grains consume the sugar creating a natural probiotic drink. For both drinks, after the initial fermentation, fruits and herbs can be added to enhance the flavour.
Green Vitamin (delivery available)
Kefir (water and sugar with fermented grains)
An extensive range of kefir available including coconut water, organic blueberry, organic strawberry, organic pineapple water, organic berries water, organic lemongrass and ginger water kefir. Prices range from: HK$448-570 for a pack of 6 x 500ml bottles.
Kombucha (fermented tea)
Organic rooibos tea and cinnamon (500ml per bottle @ HK$650 for pack of 6) and organic green tea and lemon (500ml per jar @ HK$650 for pack of 6).
Coconut Yogurt (naturally fermented fresh coconuts)
Raw coconut yogurt plain (300ml per jar @HK$95), raw coconut yogurt mango (300ml per jar @HK$120) and raw coconut yogurt guava (300ml per jar @HK$139).
Anything but Salads (in-store and delivery available)
This small health focused café is focused on sharing a variety of healthy foods and offers an organic chai masala @ HK$55/bottle.
Address: 14 Tai Ping Shan Street, Sheung Wan Tel: 6743 5000
Taboocha is a locally brewed kombucha that is made with organic fair trade Chinese tea and takes inspiration from local ingredients. A few staple flavours include Gogi Ginger, Lime Basil, Jasmine and Beetroot. Buy online or at Mana! Fast Slow Food, Just Green at Graham Street, Common Ground Cafe, Stack and Peace Of Green Rawsome Kitchen (full list of retailers is on their website).
This store has a small fridge upon entry with a brand of kombucha from the United States. Pick it up anytime on the go in Central.
Address: 36 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Tel: 2121 1637
This small take-away juice shop has added a delicious ginger and pear water kefir to the menu, HK$42/bottle.
Address: 2096B, Podium Level 2, IFC Mall
Just Green has three locations all carrying Green Vitamin and Taboocha kefir and kombucha. If you aren’t sure which flavours you like or you forgot to order online, stop in and get what you need.
After testing a few varieties and if you decide you want to start brewing yourself, check out the local fermenting classes on offer.
Jacqueline Renee Cohen, LantauMama
Jacqueline offers private kefir and kombucha classes in your home or office. She also holds a regular monthly class at SOL Wellness. Find her online at www.lantaumama.com. In addition, go home with a prepared kit ready to start brewing the minute you get in the door.
Louise Kane Buckley, The Body Group
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