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Wayne's Thoughts on Beverages Other Than Seattle Kombucha

by Wayne Greenfield December 06, 2023 6 min read

Wayne's Thoughts on Beverages Other than Seattle Kombucha

Alternative Beverages Other than Kombucha

Here's some of my thoughts on other beverages and beverage categories.

I'll probably write about these in more detail in future blog posts.

Any suggestions, comments or questions? Send to wayne@seattlekombucha.com.

Reminder... Disclaimer... I'm not a doctor or medical professional. And this is not to be construed as medical advice. I am just sharing about my personal experiences. For any health related concerns or questions, please speak with your doctor or other health professionals for advice.

Flavored Waters

Personally I drink hardly any flavored sparkling waters because I find the extracts and other "flavorings" they use taste awful, or the taste is boring/dull.

Also, the artificial sweeteners and the natural sugar alternatives including allulose, monkfruit, stevia, sugar alcohols and erythritol usually taste awful.

I suppose you could get used to the taste, but I just don't enjoy it.

AND, recent scientific research suggests that if your brain thinks you are consuming sugar, then your body will respond as if it is sugar.

Your pancreas will release insulin anyway. So what's the point? Real sugar tastes better and if you can manage your intake, most people will do just fine with a little.

There is also research that shows consuming large amounts of these alternative sweeteners may be harmful to your health. The one that comes to mind that I've seen the research first is erythritol.

Until more research is complete, I will continue to personally avoid all artificial sweeteners like Aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal), Saccharin (Sweet'N Low) and Sucralose (Splenda).

I will limit my intake of alternative sweeteners like stevia, allulose, and monkfruit.

I would rather drink still or plain sparkling water throughout the day and save my real sugar and calories for a Seattle Kombucha once a day, or a piece of chocolate/candy.

If you are going to consume flavored sparkling waters, please be careful to read the labels and make sure that you are not consuming too much of the artificial or alternative sweeteners.

If you find an excellent flavored sparkling water that you think would have me change my mind about flavored waters, please let me know.

My favorites right now are Liquid Death sparkling mango, and some of the Aha flavored waters. I try some now and then if they are on sale, but I am disappointed by almost all of them.

Thoughts? Suggestions? Drop me an email at wayne@seattlekombucha.com

"Prebiotic" Soda

There is a relatively new category of "functional" beverages called prebiotic soda.

These are often sold in the grocery stores on the same shelves as kombucha, or near kombucha.

But they are not kombucha. Not even close.

They have become popular because they promise health and digestive benefits due to their prebiotic ingredients and they cost less than kombucha.

Don't be fooled. These sodas are not made by fermenting tea. So they won't have the same benefits as kombucha. Check the label.


These prebiotic sodas are usually just sparkling water with some flavoring added, plus some real or fake sugars added to make them taste sweet like soda.

They usually either contain prebiotics in the form of insoluble (undigestible) plant fibers (inulin, jerusalem artichoke, etc) or they will contain some Apple Cider Vinegar. 

You can get your daily intake of insoluble plant fibers by eating plants, ie vegetables and grains.

And I haven't seen a company yet that discloses the amount of Apple Cider Vinegar in the beverage. Is it one teaspoon? Three? Who knows.

So basically they are flavored sparkling waters posing as kombucha or near-kombucha with some plant fiber and/or apple cider vinegar of unknown amount.

Please check those labels.

For roughly $1 more per can you can full bodied, full flavored, fermented tea kombucha from Seattle Kombucha with all the benefits of kombucha.

Personally I chose to drink the less expensive still and sparkling water, eat vegetables to get my fiber, and drink kombucha or add some apple cider vinegar daily to get my healthy, organic acids for digestive support.

To me, these are a huge waste of money.

Energy Drinks

I can't find a good reason to drink any of the popular energy drinks. I find most of them taste awful, and I don't like the quality of ingredients used, or the side effects of most of their ingredients.

If I need caffeine, I usually go straight for coffee or tea.

I've thought about manufacturing a "healthier" version of an energy drink, but the market is so saturated, I don't know if that makes sense.

If you are interested in purchasing a healthier version of an energy drink, please email me to share your thoughts. wayne@seattlekombucha.com

How much caffeine?

What flavors?

Zero sugar important?

What other functional ingredients are you most interested in?

Currently if I want caffeine, I'll have a hot or iced green tea, a shot of espresso, or a hot or cold brewed coffee.

I'll usually have a little coffee, and follow it up with some green tea. Mostly because they affect me differently.

Coffee "shocks" me and leaves me jittery. Green tea is a smoother buzz.

Everyone seems to react different to different sources of caffeine and amounts.

Green tea is also my go to becuase it is full of polyphenols and antioxidants and is easy to sip on throughout the day in my insulated thermos.

I will often add some honey to my green tea to change things up from time to time.

I do have interest in making new, more healthy-for-you energy drinks, canned coffee and tea beverages if there is sufficient demand.

What do you look for in an energy drink? What are you drinking to get an energy boost these days? Do you supplement with ginseng or any natural or chemical stimulants? Functional mushrooms? Maca?

Drop me an email: wayne@seattlekombucha.com


For years I didn't drink much coffee.

Lately I'm back to drinking it, almost daily, but I try to stick to only one cup per day.

Coffee helps me "go" in the morning. And it helps me get going.

But I don't want to overdo it on the caffeine. Having too much coffee makes me jittery and unable to focus.

Coffee also has laxative (makes you go #2) and diuretic effects (makes you go #1) and I don't want to be in the bathroom all day.

It's important to realize that coffee (caffeine) is a serious, non-regulated drug.

It is very toxic to your body if you consume too much caffeine for your age and body type.

Some coffee beverages now contain 300mg of caffeine. According to most research and recommendations I have seen, caffeine is toxic to the adult human body over 1000mg per day. And harmful well below that number.

Just because approximately 75% of Americans drink coffee, and approximately 67% of Americans drink at least one cup a day, that doesn't mean that everyone is being smart about their coffee consumption.

Recent research about the antioxidant levels in coffee is helping people feel good about their coffee habit. It smells great. It tastes delicious. And it is highly addictive.

I recommend that you read those nutrition labels and become aware of your daily sugar and caffeine intake, as well as the amount of real sugar, artificial and alternative sweeteners you are consuming daily in your coffee.


What coffee are you drinking these days? Store bought? Cold brew? French press?

Send me an email to wayne@seattlekombucha.com


Although juicing seems like a thing from the past, there are some benefits to juicing fruits and vegetables.

I go through cycles when I feel like I need more vitamins and I'll start juicing fruits and vegetables again. It usually happens in the winter.

I usually juice a mix of organic leafy Power Greens (baby spinach, kale, chard), organic celery, organic ginger root, organic apples, organic carrots and organic cilantro.

Sometimes I'll throw in some grapes for extra sweetness.

There are MANY great recipes you can try.

I chose to invest in a macerating juicer to extract more liquid, vitamins and flavor from each pound of organic produce. You can spend thousands on these, but they usually sell for a few hundred dollars. You can even find a macerating juicer second hand like I did for about $100.

Just remember, if you are going to make juice, or buy juice, go easy on the sugars.

It's easy to forget that the things that balance out the stronger, vegetable flavors are usually the sweetest ingredients - apples, carrots, ginger, grapes, etc.

There has to be a balance for me. Too green and I probably won't drink it. Too sweet and I'll be overdoing it on the sugars and calories and feel guilty.

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