The organic jun tea scoby makes an effervescent fermented health drink, made with green tea and honey. It comes from the jun tea scoby, a cousin to the kombucha scoby. Jun tea is arguably a more subtle flavoured kombucha. Usually, people who brew both jun tea and kombucha say they prefer the flavour of jun tea to kombucha. It’s referred to as the “champagne of kombucha’s.” Now that’s saying something!
Jun tea is thought to have derived from the East, where it is said to have been brewed in monasteries and consumed by monks and warriors for its health benefits to promote a state of well being and as an aid for a clear mind. That’s the myth, but the truth is we don’t really know for sure. However, jun tea is still brewed in Western Tibet and is well known there. As such, jun probably did, in fact, originate from Tibet, passed down from generations by monks and locals — so there is some truth to the myths. It could be the fact that jun tea is the ‘original’ Kombucha, given that sugar was hard to come by long ago on the Tibetan plain. Perhaps the jun scoby was taken out of Tibet and was brewed with sugar, adapting to the regular sugar brew and becoming the kombucha scoby.
Does the Organic Jun Tea Scoby look different to a Kombucha Scoby?
The jun tea scoby is much paler, looking almost white. You can think of it as the albino of the family. It tends to ferment a little faster than kombucha. This is considered to be due to the honey being broken down much faster than sugar by the bacteria present in the jun tea scoby. Jun tea itself is much lighter in colour than kombucha, which is often quite dark. The alcohol content in jun tea can be slightly higher than Kombucha! Jun tea can contain up to 2% alcohol.
Jun Tea Availability:
Authentic organic jun tea scoby starter cultures are quite rare. They grow at a much slower speed than kombucha and due to the faster fermentation time and the additional cost of raw honey, the cost of producing jun tea is much greater than producing kombucha. Always be sure that you are buying authentic jun tea scoby. Many sellers on other sites offer cheap jun tea scoby which are just regular kombucha ones. Kombucha will ferment green tea and honey for a short amount of time, producing a fake jun tea. This is bad for the long term of health of a kombucha scoby and will quickly lead to a problem with mould, and eventually, the kombucha scoby will die. For people unsure what jun tea should taste like, this sadly is a common scam.
Starter tea is the most important part of the process of making jun tea. You always need a minimum of 10% starter tea for the total volume of jun tea being made. We offer a range of brewing sizes which all come with the required amount of starter tea to successfully and safely make jun tea at home. We also offer misfit organic jun tea scoby. These are scoby that have not quite formed perfectly. The shape of the scoby has no impact on the jun tea brewed with it. We offer these scoby at a discounted price rather than let them go to waste.
Organic Jun Tea Scoby Sizes:
– Misfit jun tea scoby + 100ml Starter Tea (Makes 1 Litre)
– Jun tea scoby + 100ml Starter Tea (Makes 1 Litre)