Buchi Kombucha

Caviar & Bananas is now offering Buchi Kombucha's Water flavor made with American elderberry, blueberry and coconut water. (Brad Nettles/Staff)

Fermented tea: Buchi Kombucha

What is it?

Kombucha is a living, probiotic beverage made by fermenting black tea. It can also include fruits, herbs and spices.

It is low in sugar and calories and rich in probiotic colonies. It is considered an ancient beverage and some writers refer to it as the “Tea of Immortality.”

What’s the story?

The Buchi Mamas, Sarah Schomber and Jeannine Bucher, produce Buchi in Asheville.

Buchi is the first commercial kombucha brewery in the Southeast.

The product is organic, raw and made with premium ingredients.

Along with American-grown tea, they use cold-pressed juices and medicinal grade ingredients. The batches are small. It is sold on tap at Caviar & Bananas in Charleston. It's also available bottled.

The Washington Post, The New York Times, VERVE and Fast Company have recognized Buchi kombucha for its business model and the tea itself.

Who’s selling it?

Caviar & Bananas

51 George St.



What’s the price?

16 ounces - $4.75

24 ounces - $6.50

What’s the taste?

There are several flavors; these are two of the flavor profiles:

  • Fire is flavored with fresh ginger, cayenne and spices and packs a warm flavor punch; it's the more robust combination of Buchi.
  • Water is flavored with organic blueberries and elderberries along with coconut water. It has a tangy berry snap percolating through the fermented tea base.

— Deidre Schipani