Kombucha Shop

kombucha shopKate Field pitches The Kombucha Shop, her online Kombucha brewing kit business, in Shark Tank episode 1006. Kombucha is an over 2,000 year old, Chinese fermented drink made from bacteria and yeast mixed with black or green tea and sugar. It’s actually made of live bacteria from a bacteria and yeast fermentation process. A cup of Kombucha is loaded with probiotics, B vitamins, enzymes, and organic acids that improve digestion and immune function.

Kombucha, since it’s made by fermentation, has small amounts of alcohol.  It has a vinegar-like taste, but it’s all the rage amongst health foodies these days. Drinking more than four ounces at a time can cause heartburn and unpasteurized versions – like home-brewed varieties, can cause bacterial contamination. Drinking “bad” kombucha can give you an upset stomach. Pregnant women shouldn’t drink it.

Kombucha Shop founder Kate Field discovered kombucha back in 2013 while educating low-income families in Washington, DC. about nutrition. She started brewing it at home and found there weren’t any good, commercially available home brewing kits on the market, so she invented her own. Now, The Kombucha Shop is one of the biggest home kombucha brewing kits on the market.

She sells individual packets of tea and starter culture, or you can get a complete kit with everything you need to start “brewing like a pro.” A finished batch of kombucha has stringy, mushroom-like blobs floating in it. It ferments best at 74-80 degrees. A starter kit will set you back fifty bucks; the “deluxe” kit is eighty bucks. Kate hopes the Sharks see the benefits of kombucha and invest in her business. Do the Sharks like this tea?

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Kombucha Shop Shark Tank Recap

Kate will pitch the panel of five Sharks on the business and its prospects for growth. She’ll need to convince Mark Cuban, Kevin O’Leary, Lori Greiner, Barbara Corcoran and Guest Shark Sara Blakely that the company is worthy of a Shark investment. A good business plan, good financials, and sales data will impress the Sharks, but she’ll need to show them SHE is capable of running the company to “Shark standards.” A full pitch re-cap on Kombucha Shop will be available on Shark Tank Blog once this episode airs.

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The Shark Tank Blog constantly provides updates and follow-ups about entrepreneurs who have appeared on the Shark Tank TV show. Once an episode has aired, we monitor the progress of the businesses featured, whether they receive funding or not and report on their progress. The Shark Tank Blog will follow-up on Kombucha Shop & Kate Field as more details become available.

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