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#1 of 6 Old 11-04-2008, 02:06 AM - Thread Starter
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Does anyone know? The recipe calls for black tea......I don't drink any caffeine and I get such a nice buzz from Kombucha so I'm thinking it doesn't, and hoping it doesn't. But how could it not when black tea is used? Also, my kids LOVE it and I don't really want them taking in caffeine.
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Yes, kombucha does contain caffeine. A lot of people will say the caffeine is used in the fermentation, but it's not. Most of the caffeine stays in the kombucha.
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You could use green tea or white tea instead of black. I use organic green tea and I never get any kind of "caffeine" kick from mine.
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Someone may correct me (please do!) but I think the amount of tea leaves used is less than when brewing a normal cup of tea, so if I'm remembering that right, then the amount would be somewhat less than normal black tea.
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I just found that GT's organic raw kombucha at the grocery store last night. Is this just as good as making my own? I am so entrenched in thinking that there couldn't possibly be something prepared that I could buy in a store that would be as good for you, but the ingredients seem like that is all it is.

And could I give it to my 4 yo??? He's never had caffeine ever in his entire life!
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A trick I learned: before brewing the tea for kombucha, put the tea in a separate cup of hot water and let it steep for 45-60 seconds. Remove the tea and place it in the water for the kombucha. I've had several caffeine sensitive people insist that they are able to consume tea/kombucha with no problems using this method as the vast majority of the caffeine releases during that first minute.

I use this method myself since I have a LO I'm nursing and I don't need him bouncing off the walls!

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